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Research Fellow (SCELSE-NUS)

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW POSITIONS AT NUS & SCELSE IN SINGAPORE.

The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS). Hosted by NTU in partnership with NUS, SCELSE is linking new insights from the life sciences with expertise from emerging technologies in engineering and natural sciences to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities.

1. Bacterial signalling mechanisms: Experience in bacterial molecular biology and genetics is necessary for this position. The chosen candidate will be part of an ongoing programme to unravel novel signalling mechanisms in bacteria for perception of biofilm-inducing volatile signals.

2. Environmental microbiomes of tropical urban freshwater systems: This ongoing programme combines multidisciplinary approaches in a highly active team to understand the drivers and functions of complex microbial communities in sedimentary and water phases, and rhizosphere of aquatic plants. A strong foundation in microbiology, biostatistics and ecology will be required.

3. Environmental microbiomes of tropical peatland systems: This ongoing programme combines multidisciplinary approaches in a highly active team to understand the drivers and functions of complex microbial communities in the peatlands of Southeast Asia. Work combines field and lab-based studies. A foundation in microbiology, biostatistics and ecology will be required.

4. Environmental and agricultural metabolomics: We are seeking an experienced mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry-trained postdoctoral candidate. The chosen candidate will join an existing long-running programme in metabolomics and a highly advanced mass spectrometry laboratory.

To apply, please contact Miko POH at dbsmpch@nus.edu.sg

For more information about the Metabolites Biology Lab, visit: https://smbl.nus.edu.sg


Research Fellow (Environmental Biotechnology/Engineering)

The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. Hosted by NTU in partnership with NUS, SCELSE is linking new insights from the life sciences with expertise from the emerging technologies in engineering and natural sciences to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities.

SCELSE invites applications for the position of Research Fellow to help develop novel algal-based systems.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a microalgal system for the conversion of wastewater and off-gas containing carbon dioxide into microalgae
  • Develop an economically feasible source of polyunsaturated fatty acids

Job Requirements:

  • PhD in environmental biotechnology, engineering or any relevant field
  • Competent in basic microbiology
  • Background research/knowledge in microalgae
  • Experience with photobioreactor systems essential
  • Ability to design biological reactors for algal production
  • Experience with a range of biotechnological applications including single cell protein desirable
  • Able to handle microbes competently and safely up to Biosafety Level 2
  • Good aseptic technique
  • Self-starter
  • Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team
  • Very good written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae that includes a cover letter describing their research experience, interests, and submit it through here.


Research Fellow (Skin Microbiology)

The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. Hosted by NTU in partnership with NUS, SCELSE is linking new insights from the life sciences with expertise from the emerging technologies in engineering and natural sciences to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities.

We are seeking a Research Fellow to join our team, working on microbial consortia in relation to the skin microbiome.

Key Responsibilities:

The Research Fellow will be expected to conduct experiments evaluating biofilm formation for different species as well as mixed species consortia to evaluate the impacts of various environmental factors on community composition and function. Further, the Research Fellow will work on developing non-invasive methods for biofilm detection. Methods to be applied will include a range of ‘omics’ approaches, including DNA, RNA and metabolite focused methods.

Job Requirements:

  • PhD in Microbiology or relevant discipline is required
  • Demonstrated expertise in working with microorganisms is essential and work with biofilms is desirable
  • Experience in microscopy, RNA, DNA and metabolite extraction will be highly beneficial
  • Experience in spectroscopic methods, such as RAMAN, as applied to biological materials and biofilms would be desirable
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required
  • Capable of independent work as well as to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated and goal oriented for this project

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae that includes a cover letter describing their research experience, interests, and submit it through here.


Research Fellow (Genomic Indicators of Water Quality)

The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. Hosted by NTU in partnership with NUS, SCELSE is linking new insights from the life sciences with expertise from the emerging technologies in engineering and natural sciences to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities.

SCELSE is looking for a highly motivated individual to join us as a Research Fellow to develop genomic bioindicators of water quality in the tropics. The Research Fellow will join a recently funded project on the toxicity of microplastics and their biofilms in the green mussel (Perna viridis). The Research Fellow will also be given opportunities to develop additional lines of inquiry, subject to successful funding outcomes.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Establish a bioinformatic pipeline for RNASeq analysis of the green mussel (Perna viridis)
  • Work with collaborators to conduct experiments testing mussel ecotoxicological responses to microplastics and their associated biofilms
  • Determine differential and global expression patterns in mussel transcriptomic data from challenge experiments
  • Analyse plastic-associated biofilm communities using DNA extraction, amplicon sequencing and standard bioinformatic work flows

Job Requirements:

  • PhD in genomics, aquatic ecology, organismal biology, microbiology, bioinformatics or other related disciplines
  • Competent in basic biology laboratory techniques
  • Possess the ability to follow standard molecular biology protocols
  • Competent with tools and methods for genomic and transcriptomic data analysis
  • Experience with analysis of non-model organisms preferred
  • Strong communication and data analysis skills
  • Ability to write research reports and publications

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae that includes a cover letter describing their research experience, interests, and submit it through here.


Research Fellow (Microbiology)

The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. Hosted by NTU in partnership with NUS, SCELSE is linking new insights from the life sciences with expertise from the emerging technologies in engineering and natural sciences to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities.

SCELSE is looking for a highly motivated individual to join us as a Research Fellow on a recently funded, highly multidisciplinary project on wastewater-based epidemiology. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, validate and implement methods for detection and quantification of human pathogens in wastewater leveraging platform technologies, including but not limited to PCR (dd, q, microfluidic) and next generation sequencing
  • Analyse spatial and temporal patterns in pathogen-monitoring data, including abundance and genotype diversity
  • Collaborate with colleagues in economics and the social sciences to explore costs and benefits of implementing wastewater-based epidemiology on large scales  

Job Requirements:

  • PhD in microbiology, environmental engineering or other related disciplines
  • Competent in basic microbiology
  • Possess the ability to follow standard molecular biology protocols
  • Able to handle microbes competently and safely up to Biosafety Level 2
  • Strong communication and data analysis skills
  • Ability to write research reports and publications
  • Experience with molecular assay development, optimisation and/or validation preferred
  • Experience with one or more of the following platform technologies preferred i.e. qPCR, ddPCR, microfluidic PCR, next generation sequencing, nanopore sequencing, microarrays, lateral flow assay
  • Familiarity with tools and methods for bacterial, viral genomic and metagenomic data analysis preferred
  • Knowledge of epidemiology principals and/or wastewater engineering systems would be advantageous

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae that includes a cover letter describing their research experience, interests, and submit it through here.


Research Associate (Mechanical Engineering)

The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. Hosted by NTU in partnership with NUS, SCELSE is linking new insights from the life sciences with expertise from the emerging technologies in engineering and natural sciences to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities.

SCELSE is seeking for a Research Associate to join a recently funded multidisciplinary project for wastewater-based epidemiology.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, test, build, and implement a system for event-triggered wastewater sampling and ultrafiltration for pathogen concentration
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues in biology and public health
  • Integrate feedback to improve system design
  • Participate in monitoring programs with existing and prototype sampling technologies

Job Requirements:

  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering or related discipline
  • Strong communication and data analysis skills
  • Ability to write research reports and publications required
  • Previous experience with sensors, control systems, water filtration technology and prototype development is highly preferred
  • Knowledge of wastewater engineering systems would be advantageous

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae that includes a cover letter describing their research experience, interests, and submit it through here.