Research Fellow (Integrated Women's Health Program)

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Jun 2023

25 May 2023
Job Information

Research Field

Biological sciences
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

23 Jun 2023 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Job Description

The NUH Integrated Women’s Health Program (IWHP) for the first time examines, in a holistic manner, key health issues affecting mid-life Singaporean women. Led by Prof Yong E.L., an award-winning clinician-scientist, the team includes top academics from NUS, UK, University of Pittsburgh USA; McGill University Canada; and Uppsala University Sweden. The IWHP team is well-funded and has published extensively on women-specific concerns, disease identification and prevention. Over 20 impactful publications have resulted from the baseline study so far. Further details on IWHP cohort program may be found here: .  

Job Description

The IWHP program has won a large grant to complete a seven-year follow-up of 1200 women to investigate critical changes that have happened since the baseline study. This seven-year longitudinal follow-up will conclude soon.  We expect to find critical relationships between body composition and women’s health. We aim to address a wide range of topics critical to the well-being of midlife women.  This includes menopausal health and incident osteoporosis, depression/anxiety, sleep, hypertension, diabetes, urinary incontinence and sexual health issues.  New cardiovascular disease indicators such as carotid intimal thickness, cognitive, memory and executive function would also be investigated. Our IWHP team will explore novel methods of quantifying muscle mass and study its association with muscle strength, physical performance, frailty, falls, and other clinically important outcomes.

The Research Fellow will assist the PI and his graduate students to conduct, analyze and publish the results of this longitudinal 7-year follow- up.

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The Research Fellow is expected to display a high level of intellectual curiosity, independence, and personal doggedness to push forward the research frontiers of science and medicine as it relates to mid-life Singaporean women. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility to extend based on performance.

Purpose of the Post The Research Fellow (RF) will work closely with the Principal Investigator and study team members to ensure the timely completion of the projects. The main duty of the RF is to assist the PI in publishing impactful epidemiological papers informing the care of midlife women in this longitudinal cohort.

The Yong Lab is fully committed to career development of the RF. When appropriate, the RF would be given opportunities to travel overseas to network with collaborators and to acquire new epidemiological analytical skills and techniques. Presentations at local and overseas conferences are naturally part of the academic work of the RF.

The RF should also support the PI’s activities in education, patient care, and grant applications as appropriate.

Main Duties and Responsibilities The RF (PhD) will work closely with the PI and assist in liaising with colleagues across multiple disciplines to design, launch, manage and complete specific research protocols. The RF will conduct the following:

  • Take on the lead role of publishing findings in high-impact journals. From conceptualization of study design, literature review, data analysis and interpretation, to manuscript writing and submission
  • Oversee the implementation of research protocols, ensuring that the research program runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Help the PI supervise MSc/PhD graduate students and research staff.
  • Undertake the day-to-day running of assigned projects. This may include subject recruitment, data collection at hospitals/participants’ homes, administering questionnaires, performing, and recording physical examinations, administering drug interventions, and collection of blood samples and specimens for analysis. If required, help with data entry, and ensure quality control of data through audit & quality assurance assessments
  • Carry out administrative and management work: Assist the PI in grant applications, ethical board/ DSRB applications, prepare progress and final reports of the project for submission to grant funding agencies/ regulatory bodies.
  • Liaise and collaborate with other members of the research team and collaborators from local and overseas institutions.
  • Assist with any other duties of a similar nature as delegated by the PI.


The RF should have a PhD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or relevant qualifications. The RF should have a proven track record of impactful and highly cited epidemiological publications.

Remuneration will be commensurate with the candidates’ qualifications and experience.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Department : Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 18957

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