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Postby YF » Thu, 11 Aug 2005 7:17 am

I am wondering if anyone here have professor positions at any of the Universities. I am finishing my PhD at Yale in the net couple of years and am looking into moving to the east to start my career. Does anyone have any experiences to share with me? ANYTHING would be helpful at this point.

btw, my field is biology.

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-Rob

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Postby froggie » Thu, 11 Aug 2005 2:37 pm

Hello Rob,

Excellent. What field in Biology is your PhD in? Are you looking for Faculty positions in universities in Singapore or simply just any academic position in institutes of higher learning?

Universities tend to look at your track record ie. previous publications (preferably in high impact factor journals) before they consider candidates for Faculty positions. Teaching experience counts. Academic positions for junior faculty in universities here usually start at the Assistant Professor level and that includes a certain amount of research on top of lecturing duties.

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Postby Guest » Fri, 12 Aug 2005 9:13 pm

I am doing my PhD in evolutionary biology at Yale but I also have a BA in philosophy and a BSc and an MSc in computer science. Basically I do sort of computational biology with a theoretical focus. The last two years were spent getting up to speed. My biology pre-phd was all avocational so it took me some time to be able to talk the talk. I have a great supervisor and mentor (A MacArthur Fellow) and I am looking to start publishing in the next few months -- hopefully some high impact journals -- I don't think my mentor would have it otherwise :)

I would like to teach but of course my primary objective is as a research scientist.

I am actually not sure where I will apply whether it will be a bio department or a comp sci department. Supposedly interdisciplinary is a good thing but we'll just have to wait and see what the REAL world has in store.

Are you in an academic position right now?

-Rob

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Postby froggie » Sat, 13 Aug 2005 7:45 am

Hi Rob,

Wow that's cool! I'm pretty sure multidisciplinary stuff is the 'in' thing in bio research and with your credentials, I think it's not difficult getting a research position in Singapore best suited to your interests. Generally the pay is quite good cos taxes are pretty low as compared to other countries. Also expats do get a monthly housing allowance on top of that.

I'm not sure what your research interests lie as a soon-to-be postdoc, but there are many research institutes and private companies that you can choose from. If you're looking at mainly research positions (ie postdocs), you can try the Genome Institute of Singapore (http://www.gis.a-star.edu.sg). Also the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (http://www.imcb.a-star.edu.sg), Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (http://www.ibn.a-star.edu.sg), Bioprocessing Technology Institute (http://www.bti.a-star.edu.sg), the Bioinformatics Institute (http://www.bii.a-star.edu.sg). From the parent A-Star website, also look into the Science and Engineering sites (http://www.a-star.edu.sg/astar/sciengr/action/sciengr_institutes.do). Also try the National University of Singapore (http://www.nus.edu.sg) and Nanyang Technological University (http://www.ntu.edu.sg).

In addition, you can also head for the medical science arena at Singhealth Research (http://www.singhealth.com.sg/Research) and the National Healthcare Group (http://www.research.nhg.com.sg/index2.htm). There are also many academic positions available at the polytechnics (http://www.moe.gov.sg/corporate/post_secondary.htm#poly).

If you wish to find out if anyone you know is working in Singapore, this site lists the researchers in Singapore (only Principal Investigators and Group Heads). This also gives you some indication on the research fields engaged in Singapore. (http://researchers.a-star.edu.sg).

And of course there're many private companies who have set up shop here, so it'll be good to find out if they have any openings based in Singapore.

I'm not in an academic position right now, but in a few years' time I'll be in one. Am still doing my PhD overseas. :lol: Hope this helps anyway! :P

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Postby mysticalx » Thu, 18 Aug 2005 3:51 am

You may also want to check out the Biopolis.
http://www.one-north.com/pages/lifeXcha ... _intro.asp


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