Research Assistant (Anti-microbial Biomaterials)


Research Assistant (Anti-microbial Biomaterials)

We are looking for a Research Assistant specialising in bioengineering, biomaterials, and microbiology to join Assistant Professor Andy Tay’s research group ( The successful candidate will play a vital role in our ongoing efforts to develop biomaterials with anti-microbial properties for treating prosthetic joint infections.

Responsibilities for this position include supporting various aspects of our research projects. This involves conducting experiments that span interdisciplinary fields such as biomaterial synthesis and characterisation, immune cell culture, and molecular biology. In addition to research responsibilities, the candidate will also be responsible for the daily maintenance of our laboratory, such as conducting safety checks, managing purchases, and organising lab meetings and journal club sessions. Your attention to detail and organisational skills will ensure the smooth operation of our laboratory and foster a collaborative environment.

We offer a highly competitive remuneration package that reflects the qualifications and relevant experience of the successful candidate. 


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Daily Laboratory Maintenance and Safety Checks:
    Ensure the smooth operation of the laboratory by conducting regular maintenance tasks and safety checks. This includes maintaining cleanliness, organising supplies, and adhering to safety protocols to create a secure working environment for all team members.
  2. Experiments in Biomaterial Synthesis and Microbiology:
    Assist in the design, execution, and analysis of experiments related to biomaterial synthesis and microbiology. This may involve preparing samples, conducting assays, performing data analysis, and recording observations accurately.



  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering, Biomedical Sciences, Material Sciences, Life Sciences, or Immunology:
    Possess a recognised Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university in one of these fields. The degree should provide a solid foundation in the relevant scientific principles and techniques.
  2. Experience with Biomaterials and Bacterial Work:
    Previous experience or knowledge in working with biomaterials and conducting research involving bacteria will be viewed favourably. This includes familiarity with laboratory techniques, equipment, and protocols specific to these areas.
  3. Effective Team Player:
    Display strong teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues. This includes communicating openly, sharing ideas, and contributing to a positive and cooperative work environment.
  4. Excellent Organisation and Communication Skills:
    Demonstrate exceptional organisational skills in managing laboratory tasks, maintaining records, and prioritising responsibilities. Additionally, possess strong communication skills, both written and verbal, to effectively convey information and collaborate with team members.


If you meet these qualifications and are passionate about contributing to cutting-edge research in bioengineering, biomaterials, and microbiology, we invite you to apply for this role. Join our team and be part of a dynamic research environment that offers opportunities for professional growth and impact in the field.

To apply, please send your CV and contact details of two referees to Dr Andy Tay ( Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Institute for Health Innovation & Technology (iHealthtech), National University of Singapore
At iHealthtech, we aim to “Advance Health through Innovation” to address clinical challenges and needs by developing innovative health technologies and disease detection, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment solutions. The institute also focuses on translating health technology, incubating startups, and nurturing young scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to impact patients and society.