Research Assistant (Ecology)

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The Asian School of the Environment is currently looking for a candidate to join as a Research Assistant (RA). The RA will be responsible for managing a new laboratory that will be focused on forest ecology and is being set up as part of the NTU-Smithsonian Institute Partnership. This will include running analytical (chemical) and biological measurements of field-collected plant and soil samples, purchasing and procurement of laboratory equipment and supplies, data management, and some participation in field work to collect plant and soil samples in forests. The RA will also be expected to contribute to the logistical planning for field work and provide research support for the other team-members in the lab. Moreover, the RA will contribute to the overall practical management of the laboratory (health & safety, ordering consumables, training students, etc.).


Key responsibilities:

  • Run and maintain analytical instruments in the lab
  • Develop / refine analytical methods where needed
  • Assist with procurement of equipment and consumables as needed
  • Contribute to general laboratory management and logistics, and ensure health & safety compliance
  • Supervise, assist and train students and other group members

Job Requirements
Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in science from a recognised institution, preferably in chemistry or environmental science.
  • Prior experience in chemical and/or biological sample analysis, ideally of environmental samples (e.g. water, soil or plant)
  • Ideally, experience of undertaking scientific field work, especially in the environmental area
  • Ability to rapidly learn new concepts in chemical and biological sample analysis, and to fully understand the underlying principles of all analytical techniques
  • Capacity to work well both individually and with other people.

Key Competency requirements

  • Strong skills in analyses associated with environmental (plant and soil) samples.
  • Ability to set-up / develop analytical methods for chemical and biological sample analyses.
  • Very good command of spoken and written English
  • Holding a Singapore Driving License is an advantage


Application Procedure: Interested applicants should submit a CV and short (1-page) synopsis of previous achievements and interests, and the names of at least two referees to indicating Research Assistant – Ecology

Enquiries can be sent to David Wardle, Smithsonian Professor of Forest Ecology (

Review of applications will begin on January 15 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
More information on the Asian School of the Environment can be found at:

Please note that only shortlisted candidates would be notified


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