Research Assistant / Research Associate

​​Asian School of the Environment is currently looking for a candidate to join them as a Research Assistant / Research Associate (RA).

The RA will be responsible for running analytical chemical measurements of field-collected samples in the laboratory, and also for participating in field work to collect marine samples for analysis. The RA will primarily focus on running and maintaining the following analytical instruments: Shimadzu TOC-L system for low-level dissolved organic carbon analysis of seawater; titrimetric analysers to measure seawater total alkalinity and dissolved inorganic carbon; SEAL AA3 segmented flow autoanalyser for low-level measurements of dissolved nutrients in seawater. The RA will further be involved in regular sample collection expeditions within Singapore and potentially beyond. These will chiefly involve collecting and processing water samples on board small boats. The RA will be expected to contribute to the logistical planning for field work. Moreover, the RA will contribute to the overall practical management of the laboratory (health & safety, ordering consumables, training students, etc.).

​Key responsibilities

  1. Run and maintain analytical instruments in the lab
  2. Develop / refine analytical methods where needed
  3. Collect and analyse seawater samples for biogeochemical parameters
  4. Contribute to general laboratory management and logistics
  5. Supervise / train students and other in-coming group members

Job Requirements

Knowl​edge and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution in any branch of science, and Master's degree from a recognised institution ideally in either chemistry or environmental science. 
  • Prior experience in analytical chemistry, ideally of environmental samples (e.g. seawater or soil)
  • Ideally, experience of undertaking scientific field work, especially in a marine discipline
  • Ability to rapidly learn new concepts in marine chemistry, and to fully understand the underlying principles of all analytical techniques

 Key Competency requirements

  • Strong skills in analytical chemistry, and ability to set-up / develop analytical methods
  • Interest in marine chemical and biogeochemical processes
  • Ability to work on small coastal boats
  • Very good command of spoken and written English

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a CV and short (1-page) synopsis of previous achievements and interests, and the names of at least two referees to

​Enquiries can be sent to Patrick Martin, Assistant Professor of Biogeochemistry (

Please note that only shortlisted candidates would be notified.

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