Job: Applied Conservation or Sustainable Development (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Educator Track) and three tenure track positions in Vector Biology, Fish Biology / Aquaculture, Cryo-EM

The Department of Biological Sciences (DBS), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for an educator track faculty position at the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level in Applied Conservation or Sustainable Development. [link]

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Positions are also open for tenure track faculty in the following areas:

  1. Vector Biology
  2. Fish Biology / Aquaculture
  3. Cryo-EM

All jobs openings can be viewed at the Jobs in DBS webpage.

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Job: Student Research Assistant for NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project (2‒4 months; deadline 13 Jul 2018)

Student Research Assistant for NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project (2‒4 months)

The Student Research Assistant will assist in the NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project, which involves establishing a national baseline data of marine debris. The role involves mainly assistance in the processing of microplastic samples and possibly in marine debris monitoring programme, and volunteer management.
The position is part-time with hourly wages.

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Sorting and identifying of microplastics from sediments.
  • Assisting in marine debris field surveys at coastal areas.
  • Compiling existing data from International Coastal Cleanup Singapore and data management.

Job requirements:
Essential

  • Must be a current undergraduate in a local university.
  • At least A’level / Diploma knowledge in Biology.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Meticulous and responsible with samples and data management.
  • Strong oral, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.

Desirable:

  • Training will be provided but some experience in sorting (e.g., macroinvertebrate sorting) would be useful.
  • Some knowledge and experience in marine debris.
  • Experience in data and volunteer management.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Ms Joleen Chan at joleen.chan@nus.edu.sg by 13 July 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be notified for the interview by mid–July 2018.

Job: Research Assistant @ Insect Diversity Lab (deadline: Aug 1 2018)

The Insect Diversity Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, is in search of a full-time Research Assistant. We study global insect diversity with current focus on bees and related wasps of Southeast Asia. A key goal is to develop taxonomic infrastructure and to use this to advance research on insect urban ecology, behaviour, and conservation.

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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Data entry and management of specimen and bibliographic databases.
  • Technical and report/scientific paper editing.
  • Field sampling of bees/wasps using a sweep net.
  • Processing of collected specimens (pinning, labelling, curating, dissection for DNA).
  • Specimen imaging using an imaging system.
  • Acting as a liaison with various external agencies, e.g. NParks to obtain permits.

Abilities:

  • Prior experience in the field of entomology will help greatly but can be picked up on the job.
  • Written and verbal competency in the English language is a necessity.
  • Prior technical expertise or familiarity with software used in data management, analysis, and visualization is preferred.
  • Additional abilities/experience in statistics and/or genomics is desirable, but absence of either is not a preclusion for consideration of hire.
  • The candidate should be conscientious and adaptive, and enthusiastic about working with insects both alive and dead.
  • The job requires attention to detail and the ability to maintain focus when working independently.

Application details

  • This position is for 1 year, with potential for renewal.
  • Applicants should be ready to start work in August/September.
  • Degree in Life Sciences or related field.
  • Remuneration: SGD $3,000/month (dependent on qualifications and includes CPF contribution for Singaporeans/PR).
  • Interested applicants should submit their CV, a short write-up about how this job may contribute to the applicant’s long term goals, and a sample of their academic writing.
  • Please submit these to dbsajs@nus.edu.sg and benjamin.ho@nus.edu.sg.
  • Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview

Assistant Professor John Stoskopf Ascher
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
14, Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543
Email: dbsajs@nus.edu.sg

Jobs: Postdocs & RA positions with Roman Carrasco’s Bioeconomic Modelling Lab (apply by 20th May 2018)

Psychological benefits of biodiversity in Singapore.

Positions: 1 Postdoc & 1 Research Assistant

Project description: Exposure to nature has been linked to human wellbeing. These benefits range from increases in life satisfaction and health (e.g. reduced mental health problems, obesity and high-blood pressure). The majority of studies linking urban greenspaces and wellbeing have however been limited to temperate regions, and information to guide recommendations on how to achieve positive wellbeing outcomes from tropical urban greenspaces remains largely non-existent.

In addition, research has in general focused on green spaces without distinguishing between the different components of biodiversity in ecosystems (e.g. species richness, functional diversity) and how the type of exposure to these components may affect wellbeing.

This project aims to fill these gaps by studying the relationship between tropical biodiversity exposure and measures of wellbeing through nature walks, semi-controlled and controlled experiments.

Roles: The research fellow and research assistant will contribute to the project through devising research experiments and developing surveys to study how biodiversity influences wellbeing.

Period & Application

  • Successful applicants will join the BioEcon Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences of the National University of Singapore.
  • Funding for the research fellow and research assistant is at competitive rates and available for 2 years.
  • To apply please send your CV to dbsctlr@nus.edu.sg (Roman Carrasco) before the 20 May 2018.

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Sustainable diets in Singapore

Position: 1 Postdoc

Project description: A global transition towards diets high in refined sugars, fats and animal protein is taking place as income rises in nations. This new diets unite human health, food security and the environment in unprecedented ways. On the one hand, they lead to higher prevalence of diseases such as coronary heart disease and type II diabetes, on the other hand, they require inefficient crops with large environmental footprints (e.g. cattle ranching, sugarcane) and that are produced, in most instances, at the expense of tropical forests. These multifold negative impacts open an opportunity to curb the rampant increase in non-communicable diseases while conserving nature and strengthening the food security of countries like Singapore.

The project has two main research objectives: (i) identify and map the trade-offs between health, the environment and food security of individual ingredients and most consumed dishes in Singapore; and (ii) identify the substitutability between ingredients according to the preferences of consumers in Singapore.

The project will aim to help Singaporean’s policy makers identify interventions that would most effectively switch consumer patterns towards healthier eating with minimum impact on their utility and respecting their preferences. Likewise, achievable dietary switches that increase the food security of Singapore and the preservation of nature will be identified.

Roles: The research fellow will be in charge of survey design and data analysis using GIS and R and leading publication writing.

Period & Application

  • Successful applicants will join the BioEcon Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences of the National University of Singapore.
  • Funding for the research fellow and research assistant is at competitive rates and available for 2 years.
  • To apply please send your CV to dbsctlr@nus.edu.sg (Roman Carrasco) before the 20 May 2018.

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Jobs with the black soldier fly project: Project Manager (PhD) and 2 RA/LOs at NUS

Food recycling with black soldier flies

Singapore has a food waste and a food security problem. Both issues can be addressed by recycling food waste with black soldier flies (BSFs). The larvae of the flies are used as feed (e.g. for egg/ fish production) and the remaining waste can be used as fertilizer for vertical farming. More details can be found here: https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/black-soldier-flies-war-food-waste/.

We are now recruiting manpower for this new 2-year project. The first phase of the project concentrates on improving the performance of the flies via artificial selection for higher larval growth rate and larger clutch size. The genome of the species will be sequenced and regular re-sequencing will be used to identify the genetic markers that are under selection.

The second phase of the project consists of working with our commercial partners to establish pilot plants capable of handling at least one tonne of food waste per day.

Three positions are available. One for a project manager (e.g. with PhD) and two for RAs or lab technologists; use the relevant links to apply:

Prof Rudolf Meier
Evolution Lab [link]
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

Job: Junior Research Assistant: Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore-ETH Centre

The Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes research project brings together a team of ecologists, environmental modellers, planners, and landscape architects, to investigate how different types of vegetation can be used to make cites safer and more comfortable for their residents. A core part of the project will be a large-scale field survey of vegetation in Singapore, that quantifies ecosystem service provision.

We are looking for a Junior Research Assistant to assist with and contribute to the ecological component of this project. The work will involve setting up and maintaining a network of environmental monitoring equipment, including temperature sensors. Field surveys will be conducted to collect data on vegetation, soil functions, public perception on birds and urban greenery, canopy interception as well as other ecosystem services to examine ecological and physical processes.

In addition to the intensive field surveys and laboratory work, the Junior Research Assistant will assist with data entry and management, literature review, analysis of the resulting data using geographic information systems and statistical analyses, and contribute to writing publications.

Key responsibilities

Main tasks include

  • Setting-up and maintaining environmental monitoring equipment at locations across Singapore.
  • Field sampling and mapping of ecological communities including vegetation and birds.
  • Field sampling of ecological and physical processes, including soil functions and canopy interception.
  • Conducting surveys to study public perception on birds and urban greenery.
  • Data entry and management, literature review and storing field data in a GIS framework.
  • Analysis of field data and assisting with publication writing.

Key Skills

The candidate should have / be

  • BSc, preferably with Honours, in Life Sciences or Environmental Sciences, or related fields.
  • Experience in ecological fieldwork and data collection.
  • Prior exposure to GIS software and statistical analyses (ArcMap, QGIS, R etc).
  • Keen interest in nature, environment and scientific research.
  • Able to work outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • Meticulous, responsible and able to work independently.
  • Fluent in both written and spoken English.

Work location: 1 Create Way, CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602 (NUS University Town)

 Duration: Full-time position for ten months until 31 Dec 2018

To apply/for more information, Interested applicants should submit a CV, highlighting relevant experiences and skills, a cover letter explaining why they are interested in this position, and contacts of two character referees to Fung Tze Kwan at tze.fung@arch.ethz.ch. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

The Singapore-ETH-Centre is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer. All candidates will be evaluated on their merits and qualifications, without regards to gender, race, age or religion.

About Singapore-ETH Centre

The Singapore-ETH Centre was established as a joint initiative between ETH Zurich – the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), as part of the NRF’s CREATE campus. The centre serves as an intellectual hub for research, scholarship, entrepreneurship, postgraduate and postdoctoral training.

The centre currently runs two research programmes, the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), followed by Future Resilient Systems (FRS). It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to sustainable cities and resilient infrastructure systems. In the course of their work, researchers actively collaborate with universities, research institutes, industry, and government agencies with the aim of offering practical solutions.

Undergraduate part-time assistants (NSWS) wanted for mesocosm experiments with aquatic plants (Jan–Sep 2018)

We are looking for undergraduate part-time assistants under the NUS Student Work Scheme (NSWS) to help out with mesocosm experiments involving aquatic plants from January 2018 to September 2018.

Project description: Restoration of reservoir water using aquatic plants in mesocosm experiments

What you will learn

  1. Identification and collection of aquatic plants for experimental work
  2. Collection of growth and other relevant plant data as part of routine sampling of outdoor experiments in the reservoir
  3. Monitoring of water quality parameters using multimeter probes
  4. Methodology for chlorophyll-a analysis of reservoir water
  5. Fish trapping and macroinvertebrate sampling
  6. Identification and counting of freshwater phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish
  7. Learn more about Singapore’s freshwater fauna and aquatic ecology in general

Candidates should be:

  1. Able to work during term time and during the semester break
  2. Physically fit and able to work outdoors for extended periods of time
  3. Willing to learn new techniques

Non-biology majors are welcome to apply

Contact

Please contact Dr. Maxine Mowe, Post-doctoral research fellow, Freshwater and Invasion Biology Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore at dbsmadm@nus.edu.sg.