Trainee, Research Officer, SCELSE


Programme Summary

In conjunction with Workforce Singapore, NTU offer traineeships to support the SGUnited Traineeships Programme. The Traineeships are part of NTU's efforts to create relevant and meaningful traineeship opportunities for our nation’s new graduates entering the workforce during this difficult time.

About the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE)

The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. Hosted by NTU in partnership with NUS, SCELSE is linking new insights from the life sciences with expertise from the emerging technologies in engineering and natural sciences to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities.

To meet the needs of an increasing population globally, new solutions are needed to ensure sustainable food security. Microbial single cell protein (SCP) produced from soybean and brewery processing wastewaters is a promising source of protein for sustainable animal feed. These wastewaters can support microbial growth in bioreactors, from which cells can be harvested. We will use a whole-community approach for SCP production, leveraging on the microorganisms already present in the wastewaters.

The Wuertz lab at SCELSE is looking for two highly motivated and detail-oriented individuals to work on bioreactors with the goal of growing SCP from wastewaters from brewery and soybean industries currently operating in Singapore. One trainee will focus on soybean wastewaters and the other on brewery wastewaters as these possess distinctive chemical and microbial characteristics which require different operational approaches.

Job Descriptions:

The candidates will be primarily trained to operate and maintain sets of 3-5 liter sequencing batch reactors to optimize operational conditions like feeding rate, pH, temperature, aeration rate, and mixing speed. Techniques for chemical characterization, gravimetric solid analysis and protein quantification will also be a fundamental part of this training. Good safety practices and operational protocols will also be included as part of this training. If time permits, this position might also include basic training in microscopy and molecular methods for microbial community characterization. The candidates will have to analyze raw data, prepare data for presentations and prepare reports on the work.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an area relevant to microbiology, environmental/bioprocess engineering, or biochemistry. Candidate must be qualified in one of the above areas
  • Willing to gain competence in basic microbiology and environmental engineering
  • Experience in wet lab (microbiology/biochemistry/bioreactors) a distinct advantage
  • Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Possess a sense of initiative, is proactive and can work independently
  • Responsibility and keen interest to learn
  • Meticulousness to follow protocols and observe safety
  • Be able to keep an organized lab book and communicate his/her findings efficiently during weekly meetings

Hiring Institution: NTU

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