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science jobs...

Postby cdugard » Tue, 10 Feb 2009 5:03 am

after scanning the posts here, it is pretty clear that you either have to be highly desirable or fill a niche position to be able to nail a job in singapore from overseas. hopefully my field can be considered niche enough to at least have hope that i will make it over there.

a little about myself...i am an american that lived in singapore for 6 years before attending purdue university (i went to singapore american school). i have a degree from purdue in genetic biology and am currently a lab tech in the lab i was in as an undergraduate. i basically have this job as long as it takes me to find a more worthwhile one.

i do realize i may have to eventually apply to jobs locally (at least within the us)...but it has been my goal all 4 years of college to make it back to singapore. do i have hope or should i just start applying around here? thanks for any help you guys can give me!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 10 Feb 2009 7:03 am

Just think how easy it would have been had your parents given you PR. You could just waltz in and bob's your uncle!

That aside, Try the direct approach to the biomed industries themselves. Also check out orgs like A-Star.

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Postby jesse.armand » Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:10 am

Genetic Biology.. that's quite specialized.

Why not find a job in the US ? R&D companies or something similar ?

Besides, why not continue your studies, get an advanced degree, work as a faculty member in one of the universities in US ?

If I consider your kind of field.

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Postby melomane » Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:19 pm

Hi Cdugard,

mate I think it would be quite hard to secure a position here as a lab tech as the singapore system has been pumping out science grads like crazy over the last 5 years. There are a number of jobs being taken up by foreigners but these are for post docs and higher.

To be honest lab tech jobs here doesn't pay as much as in the US. If you are insistant on trying to land a job here I would check out the general job websites in Singapore. These will give you a feel for the availability of lab tech positions and the salary you could expect.

As a heads up I used to work as a research scientist here so I know what the scene is like.

Good luck

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