SCELSE Research Director, Medical Biofilms & Public Health

The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE) and global leader, funded by National Research Foundation, Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS). Hosted by NTU and NUS, SCELSE aims to discover, control, and direct the behaviour of microbial communities for sustainable environmental, engineering, public health and medical applications.

SCELSE is seeking to hire a new research director for its Public Health & Medical Biofilms research cluster. The successful candidate should be a creative and internationally prominent scientist with an interest in microbial biofilms and microbiomes of relevance to human health and disease. Expertise in fields such as host-microbiome biology, microbial ecology, molecular microbiology, and/or microbial chemical biology will be relevant for the position. The preferred candidate would be expected to qualify for enrolment as full Professor (tenure) at either NTU or NUS.

SCELSE has strong capability in computational biology and analysis of microbiomes and has built advanced instrumental infrastructure capacities, including state-of-the-art next generation sequencing and cutting-edge biofilm imaging platform. Strong interdisciplinary links between SCELSE and several biomedical, life sciences and engineering academic units and centres at both NTU and NUS, provide a unique and diverse platform for addressing interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research questions. The successful candidate is expected to: (i) further develop a world-class research program; (ii) enhance SCELSE’s visibility as an international leader in research and education on bacterial biofilms and their impact on public health; (iii) train undergraduate and graduate students in subjects relevant to SCELSE’s scientific disciplines; and (iv) actively collaborate with NTU and NUS faculties and researchers with existing strengths in life sciences and experimental biomedicine.

Applications, including the applicant’s research experience, teaching, CV, and contact information for three professional references, should be sent to Chairman of Search Committee, Prof. Staffan Kjelleberg, SCELSE, NTU, at Alternatively, inquiries in confidence can be made directly to Prof. Kjelleberg. For information on SCELSE, please visit SCELSE’s website at

Review of applications will begin in July 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. NTU and NUS offer highly competitive salaries, start-up package and on-campus housing. NTU and NUS are both ranked among the top universities worldwide and are equal opportunity employers.