Research Assistant, Cancer Science Institute

26 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
25 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

a) Research:

  • to carry out assigned experiments
  • to conduct troubleshooting and refining of experimental procedures
  • to organise, preserve and present the results of the experiments in a logical manner
  • to properly and systematically record all experiments that have been assigned and their results
  • to analyse and plan further experiments under guidance
  • to keep abreast with the current research scene and to propose relevant techniques and latest technologies to answer hypothetical research questions
  • to assist in supervising, training and guiding attachment/undergraduate students where required

b) Laboratory:

  • to plan and ensure the needs and requirements of the team in terms of consumables
  • to ensure that the lab is adequately stocked with clean glassware, minor equipment, chemicals, etc. required for experiments
  • responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of equipment through regular checks
  • required to assemble reagents, chemicals and media that are needed for experiments
  • to ensure that standard operating procedures and safety regulations are followed
  • responsible for the general cleanliness of the lab

c) Administrative duties:

  • to plan and ensure that the overall research/lab administrative needs of the team are met, such as producing reports and preparing presentation slides
  • responsible for purchasing necessary equipment, chemicals, reagents as required by the lab or project
  • maintain a systematic and proper record of all purchases
  • liaising between the vendors and the administrative office to ensure proper purchase requisitions, goods delivery and prompt payment of supplies

d) Any other duties as required


  • Background in NGS, molecular biology techniques, cell culture and mouse work is preferred.
  • Committed, dedicated, diligent and motivated candidates with BSc or diploma with lab experience are welcome to apply.
  • Willing to clock in extra hours (including coming back to the lab during the weekends) when there is an urgency to fulfil research deadlines.
  • Willing to perform mouse work and handle patient samples.
  • A team player

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and practices in the fields of biology, physiology and/or chemistry.
  • Principles, techniques and terminologies used in cancer biology.
  • Scientific and cancer research methodologies.
  • Principles, techniques and terminology used in the examination of clinical and animal samples.
  • Scientific data analysis softwares such as Graphpad PRISM.
  • Quality assurance procedures applicable to a laboratory.
  • General rules for safe exposure and handling of chemical 

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Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

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