Research Assistant(Molecular and Cell Biology)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Kent Ridge,

Job Description

Institute for Health Innovation & Technology (iHealthtech)

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Advancing health through innovation, iHealthtech seeks to address clinical needs through the development of innovative disruptive health technologies and bring them from the bench to the bedside, thus benefitting patients and society.

The SurgiCAL ProtEomics Laboratory (SCALPEL) is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Research Assistant to support our molecular and cellular investigations in using patient-derived models to develop precision medicine approaches in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). A variety of cutting-edge techniques are used in the laboratory, while training and guidance will be provided, a desire to gain independence and good work ethics are essential. Supports career growth and development opportunities (i.e., pursuing of higher education).

To apply, please send your cover letter, CV and names of 2 references (name, institution, email) to Dr Glenn Bonney ( ). Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • Applicants should possess a BSc (Hons) or MSc in life sciences, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, bioengineering or equivalent from a well-recognized university.
  • 1-2 years of work experience is preferred but fresh graduates will also be considered.
  • Previous research experience in molecular/cellular biology, liquid chromatography techniques will be considered favourably.
  • Proficient in computer software, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Self-driven, independent, team player, meticulous and have a keen eye for details.
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and techniques (i.e. proteomics-based workflow), tackle both new and routine duties, good organisation, and management skills.
  • Able to work well in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing environment and project priorities / timelines.
  • Able to work at flexible hours occasionally when performing time-sensitive experiments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong passion, and commitment to science.

Keys Responsibilities
  • To coordinate, collect, process, record, and store clinical specimens (e.g., plasma, biopsies).
  • To support current and future research projects in the laboratory including,
    • Expansion and maintenance of 2D and 3D patient-derived organoid cultures.
    • Molecular/cellular biology related techniques: Cell viability assay, drug screening, western blotting, genomic DNA/RNA isolation, gel-electrophoresis, and q-PCR/PCR.
  • To record experimental procedures systematically and accurately, present experimental results in a logical manner.
  • To provide frequent updates and plan further experiments under guidance.
  • To assist PI with updating and tracking of grants and other funding applications. To liaise with core facilities, committees, and the administrative office in research-related matters.
  • To maintain and keep track of procurement, delivery and payment of equipment, consumables, and reagents inventory required and maintain the general cleanliness in the laboratory.
  • To set-up, maintain core laboratory equipment and provide training for new users.
  • To assume as a safety lead and ensure that compliance of the laboratory adheres to requirements set by regulatory bodies(OSHE). Adapt to changes in these regulations and standards as they are announced.
  • To develop, maintain and review standard operating procedures and risk assessment for laboratory activities and processes.

Covid 19 message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presences are required. 

In accordance with Singapore's legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on the NUS premises with effect from 15 January 2022. As such, job applicants will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

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