Research Fellow (Synthetic Biology)

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Job Description

We are seeking highly motivated researchers to join our synthetic biology group at the National University of Singapore to develop next-generation optogenetic enabled genetic devices such as logic gates for a wide range of synthetic biology applications including biomanufacturing and biomaterials.
Optogenetic is an exciting emerging technology which exploits the unique properties of light for biotech applications. Our group @ NUS ( specializes in Synthetic Biology in which we engineer microbes with useful capabilities for biomedical and industrial applications and we are part SynCTI (the synthetic biology research program) at NUS (
The selected candidate will be primarily working on the development and optimization of light controlled genetic devices to enable regulation of gene expression circuits within biological systems for various applications.
. Develop multi-wavelength optogenetic enabled genetic devices and demonstrate its utility in SynBio applications
. Present scientific and technical data in a clear and cohesive manner.
. Ensure scientific integrity and documentation of experimental data to meet standards suitable for intellectual property, and publication.
. To work closely with colleagues/collaborators who are engineering the microbes to develop the workflow.


. Possess a PhD degree in biochemistry/bioengineering/synthetic biology, or other related fields with relevant post-graduate research experience.
. Expertise in gene circuit design and optimization
. Expertise in optogenetics and CRISPR are highly preferred
. A demonstrated record of identifying and developing creative approaches to difficult problems.
. Strong writing, editing, and presentation skills required.
. Ability to work as part of a team, collaborating and communicating effectively with members of other functional groups.
. Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task and embrace change in an extremely fast-paced environment.
. Position offered will commensurate with the experience of candidate.
. Open to fixed term contract.

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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.

Department : Biomedical Engineering
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 17019





The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a national research university in Queenstown, Singapore. Founded in 1905 as the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School, NUS has consistently been considered as being one of the top and most prestigious academic institutions in the world as well as in the Asia-Pacific itself. It plays a key role in the further development of modern technology and science, offering a global approach to education and research, with a focus on expertise and perspectives of Asia. In 2022, the QS World University Rankings ranked NUS 11th in the world and first in Asia.

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