Research Assistant, Pharmacy

10 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
09 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and talented Research Assistant to work on research focusing on identifying novel therapies for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia in the laboratory of Dr Shruti Bhatt at the NUS ( The candidate will be an integral member of our research team and will work under the direct supervision of Dr Shruti Bhatt ( to support ongoing studies including identifying clinical response to targeted therapy in leukemia using BH3 profiling. Opportunity to perform high-throughut chemical screens on cell lines and patient-derived tumor cells. The candidate will be trained in the lab however, prior experience will be given first preference.

The main responsibilities of the position include:
a) Research tasks: 90%

  • To perform cell-based assay such as apoptosis, cytoxociity, cell proliferation, immunophenotyping, BH3 profiling. 
  • Processing of human primary leukemia samples to isolate mononuclear cells and process for flow cytometry.
  • To harvest cells, protein, RNA or DNA from animal tissues, cell lines or bacteria.
  • To perform experiments including  Multi-color flowcytometry, gene editing PCR, immunoprecipitation and Western blot.


Qualifications / Discipline:

Bachelor of Science required with major in biological sciences or related field (such as pharmacy, biomedical engineering, life science, etc). Strong background in molecular and cellular biology is preferred.  


The applicant must be a self-starter with the ability to work well within a team environment, and able to work on his/her own with minimal daily supervision.  The individual is expected to be able to multi-task and be well organized, both require good time management skills; pay careful attention to experimental details, and have excellent communication skills. English language reading, writing, and speaking skills required.  


We will consider a Bachelor's or Master’s degree with or without experience. Additional experience in molecular biology, handling of animals, clinical samples or primary tumors, flow cytometry and fluorescent microscopy will be viewed favorably. Background in apoptosis or leukemia biology is a plus. Candidates with prior knowledge of large data-set analysis will also be preferred. Proficient computer skills are expected with competency in Word, Excel, etc.  We are looking for candidates who have at least one year of availability and can start immediately.  Interested applicants should submit their CV along with 2 reference letters or contacts.

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 presence is required.

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.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Science
Department : Pharmacy
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 18205

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