Senior Research Fellow, Insect Social Behavior

Thursday, 19 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 19 December 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

A Senior Research Fellow position is available in the Laboratory of Assoc Prof Ajai Vyas at the School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University.

Job Description

  • Collect ant colonies (Camponotus) from the field, establish and maintain these in laboratory conditions
  • Perform individual-level manipulations on ants, including drug microinjections, dissections of ovary and brain
  • Design and perform behavioral experiments on laboratory-established ant colonies, using an ad-hoc AI-based video tracking system recently developed within the research group of Assoc Prof Ajai Vyas
  • Train the AI via building models using object detection models and convolutional neural networks (YOLO)
  • Program the video tracking system according to experimental needs (Python)
  • Conduct statistical analyses on collected data (R)
  • Perform molecular analyses on insect samples (DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR)
  • Analyze genomic data
  • Write scientific manuscripts

Job Requirements

  • PhD degree in Animal Behavior, 7-10 years research experience after PhD
  • Prior lab experience in behavioral tests on social insects
  • Experience in wet lab routine procedures and insect manipulation (microinjection, dissection)
  • Prior experience in statistical analyses using R
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required, along with ample experience with scientiļ¬c writing

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.