Research Assistant (Department of Surgery)

Date: 25 Jun 2024

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 the position of Research Assistant for the project entitled “Characterisation of C6orf15 as a marker for epithelial mesenchymal transition and lymph node metastasis in colorectal cancer” within the Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The Department of Surgery is a dynamic department heavily involved in research and education, with areas of interest including surgical oncology and therapeutics aimed at the targeted therapy of various cancers, including colorectal cancer. Appointments will be made on a 1-year contract basis in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.


Purpose of the post

The Research Assistant will assist the PI in setting up the aforementioned project, and will be involved in basic and advanced cell culture and molecular biology techniques. The Research Assistant will form the nucleus of a new group with the PI.

Job Description

Main duties and responsibilities

The RA will receive regular direct supervision by the PI.  While prior experience working in a laboratory environment would be valuable for this position, this is not critical, as specific molecular biology techniques will be taught by the PI. The RA must however have an interest in the molecular underpinnings of cancer, and have an inquisitive mind and a can-do personality.

 The responsibilities of the RA will be to:

  1. Oversee the experiments relating to the project;
  2. Keep an accurate and contemporaneous log of the experimental procedures attempted as part of the project;
  3. Ensure regular upkeep of laboratory stock lists and equipment;
  4. Work towards the publication of experimental work in scientific journals;
  5. Maintain a safe working environment;
  6. Assist with any other duties of a similar nature that are delegated by the PI.


The PI is willing to teach the applicant molecular biology techniques, and the lack of prior laboratory experience is not a disqualifying criteria for this position. It is however most important for the applicant to have the correct aptitude for the position.


The applicant should:

  1. Have a first degree in biology, the life sciences, or in a related field with good results
  2. be able to work independently and in a team, have an investigative nature, attention to detail;


Remuneration will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Dedrick Kok Hong Chan at


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 three (3) referees to this job portal.


We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Department : Surgery

Employee Referral Eligible: No

Job requisition ID : 23874