Research Fellow, Synthetic Biology

30 May 2023
End of advertisement period
29 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description

The National University of Singapore invites applications for two Post-Doctoral Research Fellow positions in the Synthetic Biology Translational Research Programme (TRP), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Appointments will be on a 1-year contract in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. Fresh PhD holders are welcome.

Purpose of the post

The Research Fellows (RFs) will be responsible to, and work closely  with the Principal Investigator and a team of researchers on the goals set out for the project(s) of interest. The RF’s principal role will be to engineer microorganisms for application in sustainable bioproduction.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Fellow is expected to:

  1. Develop biological parts, genetic circuits, or tools for engineering microorganisms;
  2. Metabolically engineer microorganisms with high bioproduction capabilities for industrial applications in the production of value-added biochemicals;
  3. Mentor research assistants, graduate, and undergraduate students;
  4. Assist in any other duties delegated by the Principal Investigator and group leaders.


The applicant should:

  1. Hold a PhD in Biotechnology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, or related disciplines;
  2. Have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience on genetic parts assembly, pathway engineering, microbial strain engineering, fermentation, recovery and analytics of targeted metabolites;
  3. Be able to design and perform experiments for microbial strain engineering, gene expression, protein expression, enzymatic assays, microbial fermentation, and product recovery;
  4. Be able to work independently and in a team, have an investigative nature as well as a strong attention to detail, and
  5. Have an established record of international publications.

Remuneration will be commensurated with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Ms Mageswari G, at

Formal application: Please submit your application, indicating job reference number and current/expected salary, supported by a detailed CV (including personal particulars, academic and employment history, complete list of publications/oral presentations and full contacts of 3 referees). Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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: Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Department: Dean's Office (Medicine)
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID: 16532

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