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Research Assistant (Metabolic Lab)

Date: 04-Dec-2022

Location: YONG LOO LIN SCH OF MEDICINE, Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

The National University of Singapore invites applications for Research Assistant (Metabolic Lab) in the Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Appointments will be made on a 1-year contract basis renewable


Purpose of the post

The staff is to provide support to the Principal Investigator and his team in terms of research, laboratory and administrative needs. The staff shall work on projects in the area of metabolism and diabetes mellitus. He/She shall be the primary lead for lab management.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

a) Research:

  • to carry out assigned experiments
  • to organise, preserve and present the results of the experiments in a logical manner
  • to properly and systematically record all experiments that have been assigned and their results
  • to analyse and plan further experiments under guidance
  • to assist in supervising, training and guiding attachment/undergraduate students where required

Main Duties and Responsibilities

b) Laboratory:

  • Designated Lab Safety Lead and management existing equipment setup
  • To manage and update laboratory safety related documents such as SOPs, Risk assessments, and laboratory personnel safety training certifications
  • Designated Biological and chemical spill responder
  • to plan and ensure the needs and requirements of the team in terms of consumables
  • to ensure that the lab is adequately stocked with clean glassware, minor equipment chemicals, etc. required for experiments
  • responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of equipment through regular checks

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • required to assemble reagents, chemicals and media that are needed for experiments
  • to ensure that standard operating procedures and safety regulations are followed
  • responsible for the general cleanliness of the lab
  • responsible for lab safety and management

Main Duties and Responsibilities

c) Administrative duties:

  • to plan and ensure that the overall lab administrative needs of the team are met
  • responsible for purchasing necessary equipment, chemicals, reagents as required by the lab or project
  • maintain a systematic and proper record of all biological samples in the laboratory
  • liaising between the vendors and the administrative office to ensure proper purchase requisitions, goods delivery and prompt payment of supplies

d) Any other duties as required


  • Only Singaporean and/or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Degree in Biomedical Science/ Molecular Biology / Life Science/ Biochemistry or its equivalent.
  • At least 2 years of lab experience/management
  • Knowledge in human cell culture, molecular biology, biochemistry and microscopy.
  • Well-organized, meticulous, able to work independently and as a team


Remuneration will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Formal application: Please submit your application, indicating 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 to this job portal.

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


  • Basic principles and practices in the fields of biology, physiology and/or chemistry.
  • Quality assurance procedures applicable to a laboratory.
  • Principles, techniques and terminology used in the examination of clinical human samples.
  • Laboratory scientific resource material; laboratory equipment and its care.
  • Methods of scientific research and relevant scientific theories.
  • Government guidelines and regulations pertinent to laboratory safety and security.


  • Packaging and shipping of diagnostic, infectious and hazardous materials.
  • Appropriate computer operations, software and peripherals.
  • General rules for safe exposure and handling of chemical and biological hazards
  • IRB, OSHE & IACUC regulations
  • Ability to:
    • Perform laboratory tests
    • Work cooperatively and effectively with others

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 : Medicine

Employee Referral Eligible: No

Job requisition ID : 16845