Research Assistant (Marine Environmental Science)

You are here

The Asian School of the Environment is currently looking for a candidate to join as a Research Assistant (RA). The RA will assist with field and laboratory work to study nutrient and carbon cycling on coral reefs in Singapore potentially in other parts of South-East Asia. They will help to organise and conduct frequent sampling expeditions on small boats to field sites in Singapore to collect water and particle samples, and assist with the deployment of experimental apparatus. They will be required to participate in SCUBA diving operations to collect specimens, conduct underwater incubation experiments with corals, and retrieve/deploy/service underwater chemical sensors for carbonate system measurements. They will also be required to assist with laboratory analyses of the collected samples using biological and chemical techniques, to conduct such analyses independently, and to process and analyse the data thus collected. They will be responsible for purchasing equipment and laboratory consumables, and for ensuring smooth operation and organisation of the laboratory. They will work in close collaboration with the entire research team. Training will be provided where required.

Key responsibilities:

  • Organise and help to undertake frequent field trips on small charter boats to coral reef sites in Singapore to collect water and sediment samples, and take measurements with chemical sensors
  • Help to prepare, deploy, and retrieve experimental apparatus in the field, including by SCUBA diving
  • Conduct and assist with chemical analyses of collected samples for biogeochemical parameters in the laboratory (including organic carbon, coloured and fluorescent organic matter, dissolved nutrients, and carbonate system parameters)
  • Purchase equipment and laboratory consumables for the project, and contribute to smooth laboratory management

Job Requirements
Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, or related scientific field
  • Prior involvement in environmental research and in conducting field work is highly desirable
  • Prior experience with analytical chemistry or biochemical assays (e.g. seawater analysis, enzyme assays) is highly desirable
  • Must be qualified at least as an Advanced Open Water diver, or be qualified as Open Water Diver and willing to obtain an Advanced Open Water diver qualification prior to starting the position. Applicants who are not Rescue Diver certified will be required to obtain a Rescue Diver qualification shortly after assuming duty (funding for Rescue Diver certification will be provided)

Key Competency requirements

  • Willing and able to work at sea under challenging physical conditions, e.g. heat, strong waves and rocking boat, rain, cold
  • Must have sufficient SCUBA diving qualifications (see above)
  • Able to conduct repetitive laboratory tasks diligently
  • Good command of written English
  • Willing and able to learn new laboratory techniques quickly; training will be provided in a range of analytical and sampling methods
  • Positive working attitude and ability to work both in a team and independently
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Motivated by an interest in environmental sciences

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 – Marine Environmental Science

More information on the Asian School of the Environment can be found at:

Please note that only shortlisted candidates would be notified

Job category: