NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

Senior Research Fellow, Insect Social Behavior

Location
Singapore
Posted
Thursday, 19 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 19 December 2020
Ref
R00003700
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
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.