Laboratory Executive - Microscopy and Multiplex Assays (Cancer Science Institute)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Kent Ridge,

Job Description

The mission of Cancer Science Institute (National University of Singapore) is to better understand the causes of human cancer across Asia, and thereby improve its detection, treatment, and prevention. Our outstanding researchers and exceptional facilities create an energetic environment for ground-breaking science and world-class training.

A Laboratory Executive/ Research Assistant position is available immediately in Dr Anand JEYASEKHARAN’s research group. This position is an appointment to CSI MMA Core and therefore require a meticulous and dedicated staff to anchor the day-to-day running of our microscopy session including the training new users and helping to optimise the settings of the equipment for optimal imaging of research materials. The microscopy section of the MMA Core offers scientists a variety of confocal (Zeiss LSM880 with Airy Scan, Nikon A1R), widefield epifluorescence and live-time imaging microscopes (Zeiss and Olympus) to facilitate good-quality image acquisition for their research.

You may refer to for more information on Dr Anand’s research.


Interested applicants should include the following documents in the job application

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Summary of past research experience

  • Description of long-term plans

  • At least 2 referees including their name, contact information (email) and relationship to applicant

  • Duties and Responsibilities

    Technical Role:

  • Responsible for setting up, maintenance and oversight of usage of the microscopes

  • Responsible for day-to-day upkeep of the microscopes including keeping stock of replacement light bulbs and other spare parts, immersion oil and lens paper

  • Provide staff assisted service in the operation of the microscopy equipment upon request

  • Assist users in the acquisition, and processing of images when necessary

  • Provide training and technical support to users

  • Monitoring user compliance of microscope usage guidelines and safety requirement

  • Work closely with IT to install and maintain image capture software and analysis programs, to maintain an efficient data storage management for storage and easy access of images

  • Work with users to keep the microscopy workspace clean and tidy


    Administrative Role:

  • Coordinating and renewing service contracts for the various microscopes

  • Assist in the purchasing of reagents, consumables, and equipment for the MMA Core

  • Assist in the booking and charging for microscope/MMA Core equipment usage

  • Preparation of safety documents, SOPS and risk assessments for the microscopy session

  • Qualifications

    Bachelor’s Degree in life sciences, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences or equivalent from an accredited University.


    Required Competencies and Capabilities (Skills, Experiences and Professional Licences)

  • Trained in the use of confocal microscopes, and wide field microscopes
  • Good knowledge in the working principles of microscopes
  • Knowledge of microscope observation techniques
  • Experience in performing similar tasks will be an advantage
  • Knowledge or education in a field related to histology, anatomy or biomedical, while not essential, will be considered favourably
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency – MS Word, Excel, Power Point

    Other attributes:

    • Good work attitude and ethics
    • Good organization skills with the ability to multi-task
    • Can work independently and as a team
    • Can perform under pressure

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    Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

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