Research Assistant

15 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The successful candidate will work with Dr Liu Xiaogang at the Department of Chemistry to leverage recent advances in developing novel nanomaterials with designed luminescence properties, while exploring new science and applications in diverse areas, including bioimaging and biosensing, optogenetics therapy, and biosubstance delivery. Given that the low quantum efficiency is a technical hurdle for practical applications, a comprehensive understanding of the diffusion of excitation energy at the nanoscale is highly demanded because the energy transfer has been identified as a key factor that determines the luminescence in metal-doped nanocrystals and quantum dots. In this respect, our long-term goal is to develop innovative experimental techniques for enhancing both the linear and nonlinear luminescence efficiency of these nanomaterials. In particular, we will dedicate our efforts to use the optimized luminescent nanoparticles to explore energy migration-coupled Föster resonance energy transfer for molecular sensing.

We are seeking a highly-driven and creative Research Assistant to join us in our efforts to develop luminescent nanocrystal-based bio-probes for in vivo imaging and sensing. Efforts will also be devoted to the development of lanthanides-doped coordination polymers for immunotherapy.

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Job Scope:

Conduct research project(s) independently, with supervision from PI and Research Fellows.

Terms of Appointment:

For Research Assistant, the appointment will be initially for one year with possibility for extensions depending on research progress and performance.


  • Requirements: The candidates must hold an internationally recognized Master’s degree in materials chemistry, biochemical engineering, optical physics, or strongly related fields, and should have proven track record of excellence in preparation and characterization of luminescent nanomaterials. Candidate with experience and knowledge in nanoparticle-based bioanalytical techniques is preferred.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Science
Department: Chemistry

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