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Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant

Office of Research - Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Programme, Duke-NUS Medical School
Singapore (SG)
Closing date
10 Nov 2023

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Life Science
Job Type
Research Assistant
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

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The Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders (NBD) Programme, one of five Signature Research Programmes at Duke-NUS Medical School, is focused on understanding the structure and function of the nervous system, and the neural mechanisms underlying human neurological, psychiatric and eye disorders.
The Translational Neuroscience Group led by Professor Vincenzo De Paola ( at Duke-NUS Medical School is looking for Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant

The team 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 to enhance the brain regenerative potential. 

The group uses a multidisciplinary approach at the interface between neuroscience (live imaging, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, optogenetics, organotypic cultures), genetics (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 duties of the position are as follows:

  • 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.
  • Responsible for ordering/preparing laboratory supplies/reagents and adherence to health/safety protocols.
  • Support the team’s research by organising and performing experimental work (microscopy, human cell cultures, molecular biology, brain tissue processing, etc.) and data analysis.
  • Document and report experimental results and research findings in presentations and publications.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post.

Join our team and contribute to the success of cutting-edge research and scientific advancements. We offer a competitive salary package and opportunities for professional growth and development.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in cell and molecular biology or related discipline. 
  • Minimum two years of research laboratory experience.  
  • Excellent record keeping, organisational and problem-solving skills. 
  • Prior research experience in neuroscience and with the experimental approaches described above is desirable.
  • An open, flexible and positive approach to working in a constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to use own initiative and work independently and as part of a team, as required.
  • Proven ability to prioritise, plan ahead and manage a high volume of work to meet deadlines and ensure that the laboratory runs in an efficient manner.

Applicants should send in a single PDF their CV a cover letter clearly linking their track record to the proposed research in our team, as well as arrange to have at least two confidential letters of reference sent by referees to this email address Positions will remain open until filled. 

We appreciate all applications, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further evaluation.


The Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Programme at Duke-NUS is focused on understanding the structure and function of the nervous systems, and the relation of neural mechanisms in model systems to human neurological, psychiatric and ophthalmological disorders. The research interests of the faculty members range from neural development and circuit regulation to brain imaging, perception and behavior.

Collaborating with the clinical faculty at Singapore General Hospital, the National Neuroscience Institute, the Institute of Mental Health and the Singapore Eye Research Centre, the Programme has a strong footing in neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive disorders, developmental disorders and diseases of the neural retina. The ultimate aim of the work carried out by the principal investigators in the Programme is to unravel the secret behind human intelligence and to translate their discoveries into diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in brain disorders like autism, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

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