Research Assistant, Cancer Science Institute

18 May 2023
End of advertisement period
17 Jun 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Cancer Science Institute Singapore is a state-of-the-art university research institute affiliated with, and hosted at the National University of Singapore. In 2008, it was awarded a $172 million “Research Centre of Excellence” grant, one of only five in Singapore, by the National Research Foundation and the Ministry of Education.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate as research assistant to take an active role in research projects in close collaboration with senior lab members. Projects involve studying the novel mechanisms of replication stress and genome instability in cancers. An overview of research can be found at

Duties And Responsibilites

The selected Research Assistant will work closely and jointly with a Research Fellow in the lab and their primary duties mainly consist of the following:

Technical Skills

  1. Establish new cell line models.
  2. Establish sequencing-based assays to study DNA damage and replication stress.
  3. Perform experiments involving bench work, tissue culture and genotyping.
  4. Assisting to develop and carry out experiments as tasked.
  5. Performs experiments, analyse and interpret scientific data independently.
  6. Maintenance of laboratory inventory and administration (including ordering and budgeting).

Soft Skills

  1. Able to multi-task, well organized, and acquire good time management skills
  2. Cooperate in maintaining and planning for the needs of the lab team as well as to meet administrative duties that are assigned.
  3. Communicates clearly and effectively in written and oral scientific presentations



  1. Degree in life sciences or equivalent.
  2. Excellent communication skills and good team spirit.
  3. Fluent in spoken and written English.
  4. Outstanding organizational skills.
  5. Willingness to learn new techniques and/or biology as needed.
  6. Strong background and working knowledge of basic molecular and cellular biology techniques, such as cell culture, cloning, real-time PCR and western blotting.


  • Experience with various sequencing and other genomic techniques, and/or CRISPR genome editing is desirable but not necessary.

Applications should include inside a single pdf document a CV, a summary of past research experience, a description of long-term plans and names/contact information (including email) of 3 referees. Applications will be processed in a rolling basis. This position will remain open until filled or withdrawn.

Covid-19 Message

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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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