Museum Officer, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

04 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) of the National University of Singapore is inviting applications for a Museum Officer position. This is a Research Track appointment with teaching and curation responsibilities. The successful candidate must be passionate about: specimen-based research on Southeast Asian non-insect invertebrate biodiversity; educating NUS students about biodiversity and natural history collections; and working with non-insect invertebrate specimen collections. The successful candidate will be expected to work, independently or in collaboration with other museum staff, in these areas as well as on other aspects of the museum’s operations. As such, we are seeking highly motivated candidates, with strong and relevant research CVs, who are good communicators/educators, having experience in teaching, and are keen to work with non-insect invertebrate specimens; they must be able to effectively multi-task and be strong team players. Salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate should be able to commence work in January 2023. The successful candidate will work with Assoc Prof Darren Yeo Chong Jinn.

The main responsibilities of the position include

  1. Developing an internationally competitive research programme on Southeast Asian biodiversity and natural history based primarily on specimens in the non-insect invertebrate collection of museum, in areas including but not limited to systematics and taxonomy, phylogenetics and evolutionary biology, ecology, biogeography, and conservation biology
  2. Teaching one university graduate module on natural history collections; and helping co-teach other modules (graduate or undergraduate) and/or supervising research students/interns as and when necessary
  3. Growing and developing, managing, and curating the non-insect invertebrate section of the museum’s collection
  4. Performing various services for the museum, including in operations, outreach and engagement, research management, consultancies, etc., as may be necessary 


  • Qualifications / Discipline:
    1. PhD degree and relevant expertise in specimen-based systematics and taxonomic research in Zoology or an equivalent area
    2. Singapore citizenship or Singapore permanent residency (PR) preferred
    3. Strong English writing and verbal skills
    4. Documented ability to multi-task and work well in a team
  • Skills, Experience:
    1. Expertise/experience with non-insect invertebrates (systematics and taxonomic research as well as specimen collection management/curation) 
    2. Experience in applied biodiversity research (e.g., consultancies), conference or workshop organization, journal editing, research management or administration
    3. Skillsets in digital technology, molecular sciences and/or field-expertise
    4. Singapore Class 3 driving license

Documentation Required

Candidates are required to email the following:

  1. cover letter;
  2. personal particulars form;
  3. up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  4. research statement (1 page)*;
  5. teaching statement (3–5 pages)**;
  6. documents relating to service activities and impact***;
  7. names and contacts of three referees; and
  8. completed NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants to the contact person below.

Ms Yusrina Binte Mohamed Yusoff
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
National University of Singapore

Deadline for Application

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Additional details for documentation required

(4) Research statement

  • A statement (max. 1 page) of major accomplishments in research, citing up to five significant publications, whether in discipline-specific or in education, explaining their significance. Sample copies of these contributions should be provided
  • A complete list of publications
  • Evidence of impact e.g. citation indices, adoption of textbook
  • Evidence of international visibility, e.g. invited talks, journal editorships/reviewer invitations
  • Research awards

(5) Teaching Statement

(I) Self-assessment: approach to teaching and learning (3–5 pages)

With reference to evidence from (II) Appendices as described below, provide a brief description and justification of the approach taken to teaching goals, challenges experienced, and impact on student learning. Include reference to the following criteria, where applicable:

  • effective design, delivery, and assessment of learning tasks in view of intended learning outcomes
  • course design/delivery/assessment, where applicable with reference to innovative pedagogy
  • reflective and professional approach to teaching and student learning
  • contribution to a collaborative learning environment

(II) Appendices

Evidence relating to the following categories:

  • Professional activities
  • Peer review and/or recognition
  • Indirect measures of student learning

(6) Documents relating to service activities and impact

  • At Department/Faculty/University levels
  • To the international academic community
  • To national and international agencies

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presences are required. 

In accordance with Singapore's legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on the NUS premises with effect from 15 January 2022. As such, job applicants will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Science
Department: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID: 12567

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