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Research Officer (Life Sciences)

Date available: immediately

Date posted: 17 May 2017

About the lab

Mechanisms Underlying Behavior laboratory is directed by Assistant Professor Ajay S Mathuru. The lab is located at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Biopolis (Proteos building). The main focus of the lab is to understand how brains operate to generate behavior, using methods of genetic manipulation, behavioral assays and neurophysiological observations. Vertebrates with smaller brains where genetic engineering can be applied with relative ease offer an unusual opportunity to uncover fundamental principles governing emergent behavior. With this as our guiding principle, we use a small, translucent, aquarium friendly zebrafish for our studies.

Job Description:

You will not only be in the thick of things by contributing to several existing projects, but you will also be running experiments independently when you are up-to-speed and have completed appropriate training. Apart from the standard requirements for such positions, such as

  •  Conduct scientific sourcing and procurement;
  • Maintain existing fish stocks and creating new transgenic lines using CRISPR/Cas-9 related techniques.
  • Perform routine molecular biology experiments such as cloning, DNA/RNA/Proteinanalysis, etc.;
  •  Perform neuroscience studies of animal behavioral
  •  Assist in developing new behavior assays or performing computation analysis as required during the progress of project;
  •  Other related biology experiments including microscopy and imaging;
  •  Primary responsibility for the safety and housekeeping of the laboratory;
  •  Assist in writing safety protocols and procuring approvals for experiments;
  •  Performing any other duties to ensure the efficient work running of the lab;
  • Train and teach laboratory practices to undergraduates and new entrants;

You will also have a unique opportunity to go beyond and

  • Train to become a first rate research scientist with a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge;
  • Learn and implement cutting-edge techniques in molecular biology and neuroscience;
  • And contribute to the exciting, reemerging field of neuroethology.

Job Requirements:

We invite applications from exceptional candidates with a deep interest in neuroscience for the position of research assistant.
The prospective candidate must ideally

  • be highly motivated and have a deep interest in neuroscience and animal behavior;
  • have excellent analytical, technical and problem solving skills;
  • be able to communicate well and have strong organizational skills;
  • hold a Diploma or a Bachelor’s, or a Master’s degree in Life Sciences or Psychology; candidates with an honors degree in other disciplines (Science, Engineering, BioEngineering, etc.) with an interest in neurobiology are also welcome to apply;
  • have some prior experience working in a biology lab;

Special consideration will be given to candidates who

  • have had prior experience with zebrafish husbandry;
  • OR are experienced in performing behavioural studies;
  • OR have performed gene expression analysis;
  • OR have received training in microscopy/live imaging/2-P microscopy/optogenetics;
  • OR have experience in programming, data/statistical analysis using MATLAB or Python or R.

You will also have a unique opportunity to go beyond and

  •  Train to become a first rate research scientist with a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge;
  •  Learn and implement cutting-edge techniques in molecular biology and neuroscience;
  •  And contribute to the exciting, reemerging field of neuroethology.

Application instructions:

  • This position will also have the benefit of being a staff member of a stimulating and newly established Yale-NUS college and operate at the biology research hub of Singapore in Biopolis, at The Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB). So, if you are excited about neuroscience research, interested in an academic career, and want to be in a young, new laboratory, please send in a
  • CV
  • Short paragraph (less 200 words) describing a recent neuroscience story that caught your attention
  • Contact details of at least 1 referee


  • Position is available immediately for 2 years with the possibility of renewal. Salary package will be commensurate with relevant experience.
  • This position is also advertised on JobsBank:
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  • If you have any queries, please email

We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be notified.