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Research Assistant (OR/NBD/VP2)

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Date: 13-Oct-2021

Location: Outram Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

The Signature Research Programme in Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders (NBD) is focused on understanding the structure and function of the nervous system, and the neural mechanisms underlying human neurological, psychiatric and ophthalmological disorders.
A Research Assistant or Research Associate position is available in the newly established Translational Neuroscience Group led by the Principal Investigator Professor Vincenzo De Paola (https://www.depaolalab.com). The group aims to illuminate the mechanisms of human cortical circuit wiring and dysfunction. The ultimate aim is to use this knowledge to help design new treatment strategies for both neurodegenerative (e.g. dementia) and neuropsychiatric conditions (e.g. autism and schizophrenia), and to enhance the brain regenerative potential.
The group uses a multidisciplinary approach at the interface between neuroscience (neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, optogenetics, organotypic cultures), genetics (genomics, snRNAseq), human stem cell and tissue biology (human iPSC-derived neurons transplanted in the mouse brain) and high-resolution optical imaging (structural and functional multiphoton microscopy).

The selected candidate will perform a variety of research activities under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or his/her designate, including but not limited to the following: -

  • Perform laboratory management tasks and support all aspects of the research projects.
  • Assist with general upkeep of laboratory needs and establish work procedures to ongoing research projects.
  • Provide laboratory operational assistance to the Principal Investigator, i.e. day-to-day coordination and running of the laboratory including supervisory responsibilities for laboratory staff and students.
  • Assist in ordering laboratory supplies/reagents, procurement, financial management and adherence to health/safety protocols and audits. 
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described therein.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific discipline. 
  • Prior laboratory management experience would be advantageous.
  • Possess excellent record keeping and organisational skills. 
  • Meticulous, well-organised and have good time management to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • A team player who is open-minded, flexible, energetic, highly motivated and able to prioritise, multi-task and work collaboratively in a diverse workforce.

The applicant should include a cover letter and at least two references.  
We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.