Research Assistant (Invertebrate Ecology Lab)

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The Asian School of the Environment (ASE) invite applications for a Research Assistant for 6 months to help set up the new Invertebrate Ecology lab of the Forest Ecology group at ASE, and to assist with establishment of a database to build capacity for biodiversity identification and monitoring of SE Asian dung beetles.
The main tasks that the RA will lead are:
  • Curating the samples and specimens in the new cabinets and freezers
  • Setting up the digital auto-montage system
  • Databasing the collection of dung beetles held at ASE and in the NUS collections
  • Photographing specimens
  • Mentor undergraduate students
  • Helping with DNA extraction of samples
  • Taking trait measurements from samples
  • Updating the key to dung beetles of the region
  • Creating and bibliographic database of literature
  • Ordering equipment
  • Helping to analyze data and write scientific papers.
The successful candidate will join the growing Forest Ecology group at ASE working under Asst. Prof. Eleanor Slade, joining a vibrant, international scientific department. They will work closely with Asst. Prof Nalini Puniamoorthy and her group at NUS. Candidates with prior experience in entomology and curating and databasing insect collections are preferred.
  • A BSc in biological sciences
  • Knowledge and experience of museum curation techniques
  • Experience of databasing biological specimens
  • Experience working with insect collections and knowledge of entomology
  • Knowledge of database software (e.g. Access), and statistical packages (e.g. R).
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for working on invertebrates, especially beetles
  • Experience of auto-montage techniques
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and skills
Enthusiasm, good team work and collaboration, good English oral and written communication skills, and an ability to work independently.
Application Procedure:
Interested applicants are invited to submit a full CV and a cover letter outlining your interest and fit for the post to:
Please note that only shortlisted candidates would be notified.
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