Research Assistant

Friday, 2 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 1 November 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine invites applications for:

Research Assistant (Microbiome Research) in the Laboratory of Assistant Professor Sanjay Haresh Chotirmall

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) established in September 2010 is a partnership between Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The School operates from two campuses – Yunnan Campus at Nanyang Technological University and the newly established Clinical Sciences Building at Novena. Our primary healthcare partner is the National Healthcare Group (NHG) which comprises an integrated network of primary healthcare polyclinics, acute care hospitals such as Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and national specialist centres. LKCMedicine delivers a new five-year undergraduate medical programme leading to a joint MBBS degree awarded by Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University.

We are currently recruiting a Research Assistant to work in translational respiratory research focused on the lung microbiome. This position will be both administrative and research oriented. Our laboratory is well-funded from several national bodies and investigates infectious and immune consequences in chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, and bronchiectasis. The individual should be driven, organized, can work independently, and possess good team working, interpersonal and communication skills. The group currently has eight members all active in bench-based work at differing levels of seniority.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with an international and multidisciplinary team of investigators including close collaborations with respiratory clinicians nationally (TTSH, SGH and CGH) and the other schools within the wider NTU community where the lab already has existing collaborative projects. The lab is in the new clinical sciences building at the Novena health city campus and fosters close interactions with many clinical partners and collaborators.

Candidates should have a degree or equivalent in Biological/Biomedical Sciences. Applicants should have experience in the following areas:

  • Laboratory based techniques: Be proficient in Molecular Biology techniques including DNA/RNA extraction, gene expression and RT-PCR. Able to carry out ELISA. Experience in microbiology related research would be beneficial including culture. Prior work in microbiome sequencing as well as experience with NGS technologies would be preferred.  
  • Bioinformatic proficiencies: Though not essential, candidates with bioinformatics analytics background with some programming skills and familiarity to languages like Python, R will be given preference. You will have the opportunity to learn such skills on the job and eventually be expected to analyse data under supervision.
  • Administrative and Management Skills: Able to perform and function as an effective laboratory manager, including maintenance of lab health and safety records, processing and creating inventories, procurement, purchases, and other management-related work. This will include grant budget management, maintenance of valid IRBs for ongoing translational research and other administrative tasks. Prior experience in clinical and academic administrative settings would be beneficial but not essential.
  • Prior experience in working with clinicians, clinician-scientists and handling patient derived specimens would be of benefit but not essential.

Application Procedure:

If you are interested to pursue a career with the School, please apply with your CV, publications and names of two references at your earliest convenience. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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