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Research Assistant, Flow Cytometry Core (Cancer Science Institute, NUS)

Closing date
13 Apr 2023

Job Description

Laboratory Executive/Research Assistant – Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) core

A fulltime Laboratory Executive or Research Assistant position in the Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) Facility is available immediately. The successful candidate will aid the institute in providing flow cytometry service for users. The candidate can also choose to work on either research or administrative tasks under the supervision of A/Prof. Takaomi Sanda. 

Duties And Responsibilites

Job scope:

  • Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) Facility
    • To be in charge for the daily operation and maintenance of flow cytometry machines (analyzer and sorters). 
    • To provide flow sorting service for users. 
    • To provide technical advices for users. 
    • To ensure that the facility is adequately stocked with buffers, clean glassware, minor equipment, chemicals, etc. required for smooth operation of the facility. 
    • To ensure that standard operating procedures and safety regulations are followed.
    • To record the utilization of flow cytometry machines and report to the institute. 
  • *Research or Administrative Tasks
    • * The candidate can select either research track (appointed as a Research Assistant) or administrative tack (appointed as a Laboratory Executive). 
  • Research tasks
    • To maintain animal (mouse and/or zebrafish) colonies, including breeding and genotyping procedures.
    • To monitor phenotypes (e,g, tumor development, hematopoietic phenotypes).
    • To isolate tissues (e.g., bone marrow, thymus, spleen) from the animals.  
    • To harvest cells, protein, RNA or DNA from animal tissues, cell lines or bacteria.
    • To perform experiments including PCR, immunoprecipitation and Western blot.
  • Administrative tasks
    • To liaise with the central operation team, committees and the administrative office to assist the lab.
    • To maintain a systematic and proper record of documents (e.g., budget spending). 
    • To maintain the CSI virus rooms. 
    • To be responsible for purchasing necessary chemicals, reagents and equipment as required by the lab or project.
    • To liaise with the vendors to ensure proper purchase requisitions, goods delivery and prompt payment of supplies.

Applications should include full curriculum vitae and indicate the names of at least 2 referees



  • University degree (biology, biomedical science, biotechnology or related area).
  • Ability to speak and write well in English.
  • Prior experience operating flow cytometry is required. 
  • Prior experience working with animal model (mouse and/or zebrafish) is preferable.
  • Knowledge of: 1) basic principles and practices in the fields of biology, 2) principles, techniques and terminology used in biology.
  • Appropriate computer operations, software and peripherals, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

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.

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