Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Molecular Biology and Genetics

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Singapore,
Deadline: 21 Sep 2023

Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Molecular Biology and Genetics (Natural Sciences & Science Education Academic Group)


The National Institute of Education (NIE) is among the world’s top education institutes, recognised for its excellence in teacher education and educational research. NIE has played a key and pivotal role in shaping and developing Singapore’s teaching profession and landscape through evidence-informed, practice-focused and values-based programmes and initiatives.

An autonomous institute situated within the research-intensive Nanyang Technological University, NIE is consistently ranked within the top 15 in the world for research impact in the field of Education.

The Natural Sciences and Science Education Academic Group (NSSE AG) at the National Institute of Education in Singapore is committed to discovery and innovation in sciences and science education. Comprising faculty from both science content and pedagogical disciplines, we adopt an inter-disciplinary approach to teaching and research. Our science education researchers focus mainly on maximizing the potential of every child through research on students' learning approaches and problem-solving skills, and work with teachers to develop models of creative teaching and new approaches to learning. Faculty members receive research support through internal and external grants, as well as access to world-class research facilities.

The NSSE AG invites applications for Tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in plant molecular biology and genetics. The NSSE AG conducts teaching and research in both sciences and science-education and comprises academic staff with backgrounds in chemistry, physics, biology, and family/consumer sciences. It has facilities for research as well as carrying out pre-service and in-service work with teachers to support Singapore's schools and science educators.


Successful candidates must have:

  • have a doctoral degree in life sciences, specializing in plant molecular approaches to study genetics, plant evolution and diversity
  • to be committed to excellence in teaching and in communicating science to teachers and students in primary and secondary schools.
  • Prior experience of teaching/research/postdoctoral experience in Asia, especially in multilingual and multicultural environments, is preferred but not essential.


Successful candidates will be expected to :

  • teach a variety of introductory undergraduate courses in life sciences including courses in the field of plant biology using molecular genetics approaches to study plant evolution and diversity
  • teach some courses in Applied Plant Sciences at the Masters Level. In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching, the position will also entail some course co-ordination, content upgrading of in-service teachers and provision of expert advice to schools on science projects.
  • supervise teacher trainees in practicum attachments and mentor graduate students.
  • conduct research and publish peer-reviewed papers within the broad area of plant molecular genetics. Interdisciplinary research will also be strongly welcomed.
  • serve on committees and offer consultancy and professional services to the Ministry of Education and other public education-related organizations.

The position is available from January 2024 onwards.


Please submit your detailed curriculum vitae, which should include areas of research interest, expertise in plant molecular biology and/or genetics, list of publications, teaching/supervision experience, research grant writing/winning experience, and names and addresses, email addresses or fax numbers of at least three referees to us through:

Closing Date

Closing date for application is 30 September 2023 or until the position is filled.

Other Information

More information on NSSE AG can be found at

For enquiries, interested applicants may write to Prof Rajdeep Singh Rawat, Head of NSSE at [email protected] copied to Ms Rebecca Ho, at [email protected]

Note to applicants

We regret that only successful candidates will be notified (via email).

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