Staff Openings - Department of Psychological Medicine

1. Temporary Worker (Research Nurse) – 2 positions

Posted on 15 September 2017

 

The Department of Psychological Medicine, National University of Singapore, invites applications for Temporary Worker (Research Nurse) under 2 ongoing projects: Choral Singing for the Prevention of Dementia: A Randomized Controlled Trial. (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02919748) and Ageing in a Community Environment Study (ACES).  Appointment will be made on a 1 year contract basis (80 hours/month) in the first instance, with the possibility of extension and convert to Specialist Associate (SA).  Estimated start date is 1 October 2017.

 

Job Scope

  • Assists the Principal Investigator (PI) to plan, organize and co-ordinate field
  • Home visits in the community to recruit potential trial participants.
  • Assist in screening activities, this includes scheduling subjects’ appointment, inform subjects of appointment, consent taking and screening subjects for eligibility and biological sample collection.
  • Conduct questionnaire interview and clinical assessments.
  • Maintain confidentiality on subjects’ data.
  • Perform administrative duties and ad hoc project as assigned by the PI and Senior Executive.

 

Job Specification / Requirements

  • Qualification: State registered nurse, diploma/degree in nursing or equivalent.
  • Able to perform venipuncture/phlebotomy.
  • Preferably computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Good written and communication skills, bilingual (English/Mandarin) and preferably able to speak at least 1 dialect.
  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Physically fit to move around.
  • Keen and able to approach strangers for recruitment.
  • Able to work independently and within a team.
  • Work meticulously.

 

Contact Person

Retired nurses are welcome to apply. Interested applicants should send their CV and two referee reports to Ms Lim Wee Cheng at pcmlimwc@nus.edu.sg or Ms Elisabeth Ow at pcmokte@nus.edu.sg. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

2. Research Assistant

Posted on 15 September 2017

 

The Department of Psychological Medicine, National University of Singapore, invites applications for a Research Assistant on an ongoing project: Ageing in a Community Environment Study (ACES). Appointment will be made on a 1 year contract basis in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. Estimated start date is 1 October 2017.

 

Job Scope

  • Assist the Principal Investigator in applying to the NHG Domain Specific Review Board (DSRB) or Institutional Review Board (NUS IRB) for ethics review
  • Plan, organize and co-ordinate field works within a community-based cohort
  • Conduct neurocogntive assessments/clinical dementia ratings
  • Maintain Investigator Site File and ensure that all documents are complete and up to date
  • Maintain confidentiality on research data
  • Mange research data, this include data entry and data cleaning
  • Perform literature review and conduct hypothesis-driven data analysis
  • Write research papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Document and tabulate financial payments received and/or made to support the study

 

Job Specification / Requirements

  • Qualification: Bachelor degree in psychology, nursing or health sciences
  • At least one year experience in clinical/epidemiologic/psychological research
  • Able to perform intermediate level analysis using statistical software such as SPSS and Stata
  • Good written and communication skills, bilingual (English/Mandarin/Tamil/Mandarin dialect) is essential, multilingual is preferred
  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work independently and meticulously

 

Contact Person

Interested applicants should send their (1) CV, (2) two referee reports, and (3) a writing sample or examples of any published works to Ms Lim Wee Cheng at pcmlimwc@nus.edu.sg. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Queries can be addressed to the Principal Investigator, Dr Feng Lei at pcmfl@nus.edu.sg.

3. Executive

Posted on 12 September 2017

 

Department

Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

 

Job Scope

Academic Program development

  • Manage weekly academic schedule, i.e. ward rounds, journal clubs, psychotherapy sessions, teaching rounds, etc.
  • Maintain CME attendance and SMC update
  • Coordination and organization of events (i.e. Academic symposiums)
  • Assist with student examinations (OSCE)

Office Administration

  • Coordinate research meetings and take minutes of meeting for Research Director
  • Attend meetings and collate reports for NUS Medicine Safety and Health Committee
  • Any other ad hoc duties as requested by HOD

 

Job Specification / Requirements

  • Basic Degree with preferably 3 years related working experience
  • Good communication skills
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Possess a keen attention to details
  • A good team player
  • Trustworthy and maintain high level of confidentiality
  • Coordination and event management skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

 

Contact Person

Interested applicants should send their CV to Ms Vanaja at pcmsec@nus.edu.sg. Applications should reach us by 2 October 2017. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

4. Research Assistant (SYRESS)

Posted on 8 September 2017

 

Department

NUS Mind-Science Centre, Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

 

About the Position

Nested at the NUS Department of Psychological Medicine, the Mind-Science Centre (MSC) is a faculty-volunteer collaborative partnership that focuses on the delivery of community-based interventions through evidence-based research without the use of drugs. MSC will undertake mental research across the age continuum and translate the outcomes into effective and scalable interventions in communities across Singapore and Asia.

As part of the flagship in the Child/Adolescent pillar, MSC has developed the Singapore Youth Resilience Scale (SYRESS) in 2012 and is looking to adapt and validate the Assessment of Identity Development in Adolescence (AIDA), as well as to craft an Existential Well-being Scale (EWBS) among the Singapore student population. The various scales will provide a complete baseline profile of the youth’s developmental milestone, map out domain gaps where interventions are required and serve as basis to measure improvements.

MSC is also collaborating with NUS High School to pilot and translate the SYRESS research into applicable curriculum to build mental resilience and cognitive performance in students. The Centre will co-develop and test resilience-building workshops to equip children with higher emotional mastery, self-esteem, social intelligence and positive world-view. The candidate will be part of the projects mentioned above.

 

Job Scope

  • Plan, organise and co-ordinate field work.
  • Assist in screening, recruitment and consent taking of participants.
  • Conduct and administer assessments directly with participants or brief and instruct relevant intermediaries.
  • Maintain, track and update of all related administration and research documents.
  • Manage research data, including online questionnaire, data entry, data cleaning and ethics/legal compliance.
  • Perform literature review and assist in curriculum development.
  • Conduct hypothesis-driven data analysis.
  • Write research papers for publication and conference presentation.

 

Job Specification / Requirements

  • Good Honours Degree or Masters in Psychology from a recognised institution.
  • Able to perform analysis using statistical software such as SPSS.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Team-oriented with strong coordination and organisational skills.
  • Experience with research, curriculum design and conducting workshops for youths is a plus.
  • Have strong interest to further your studies.

 

Contact Person

Applicants should send in their cover letter, CV, two referee reports, and a writing sample of their past academic work to Ms Lim Wee Cheng at pcmlimwc@nus.edu.sg. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

5. Research Assistant (Hannah Study)

Posted on 8 September 2017

 

Department

NUS Mind-Science Centre, Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

 

About the Position

Nested at the NUS Department of Psychological Medicine, the Mind-Science Centre (MSC) is a faculty-volunteer collaborative partnership that focuses on the delivery of community-based interventions through evidence-based research without the use of drugs. MSC will undertake mental research across the age continuum and translate the outcomes into effective and scalable interventions in communities across Singapore and Asia.

To address the varied challenges associated with Singapore’s impending “Silver Tsunami”, MSC has embarked on the region’s first multi-disciplinary and inter-generational ageing research – the “Hannah Study”. The Study aims to investigate the biological, psychological and social factors that affect the ageing process, with the ultimate goal of putting in place nation-wide measures that help the elderly age well. The Hannah Study till date has attracted more than 10 cross-disciplinary collaborators to holistically assess and develop potential interventions for the middle-income elderly, as well as possible inter-generational interventions for those living with families.

 

Job Scope

  • Plan, organise and co-ordinate field work under the Hannah Study.
  • Assist in screening, recruitment and consent taking of participants.
  • Conduct and administer assessments directly with participants or brief and instruct relevant intermediaries.
  • Maintain, track and update of all related administration and research documents.
  • Manage research data, data entry, data cleaning and ethics/legal compliance.
  • Conduct hypothesis-driven data analysis.
  • Perform literature review and assist in writing research papers for publication and conference presentation.

 

Job Specification / Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree from a recognised institution is preferred.
  • Background in Psychology, Science or Social Sciences, is preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge and application of advanced statistics and biostatistics and able to perform analysis using statistical software such as SPSS.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Team-oriented with strong coordination and organisational skills, but still able to work independently.
  • Training in Good Clinical Practice with some experience in academic or clinical research is a plus.
  • Some experience in conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessments is preferred, otherwise necessary training will be provided.

 

Contact Person

Applicants should send in their cover letter, CV, three referee reports, and a writing sample of their past academic work to Ms Lim Wee Cheng at pcmlimwc@nus.edu.sg. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

6. Research Fellow

Posted on 25 August 2017

The NUHS Memory, Aging, & Cognition Centre: Neurocognition Core invites applications for a Research Fellow.

 

Statement of Purpose

To lead academic research on cognition in study cohorts, conduct data analysis and write scientific manuscripts and grant applications. To provide supervision to junior staff in academic and non-academic duties. Additional duties include administration and neuropsychological assessments.

Candidates will gain extensive training and exposure to research skills (study conduct/planning, data analysis, and scientific writing) as well as supervision skills.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Validate cognitive rating instruments in the Singaporean population.
  • Provide cognitive rating services for clinical trials and collaborative projects.
  • Work with investigators to develop culturally sensitive cognitive interventions, and thereafter provide interventions as a service for clinical trials.
  • Provide neuropsychological and neurobehavioural assessments for mood, anxiety, stress, resilience, personality traits, behaviour/habits, and emotional and social intelligence.
  • Provide expertise to work with users on design of consent forms, case report forms and protocols.
  • Provide training for neurocognition core users (seminars, workshops and tutorials) and to train junior staff to provide rating services for clinical trials.
  • Provide supervision to research assistants/research associates.

 

Job Requirements

(A) EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Research Fellow -- PhD in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, epidemiology or other relevant subjects; or MD with relevant experience in Geriatrics, Neurology or Psychiatry.
  • Previous working experience in clinical/research settings administering neuropsychological assessments and clinical interviews;
  • An excellent track record of scientific publications and achievements.

 

(B) LANGUAGE

  • Fluency in English is mandatory;
  • Fluency in Chinese (including dialects), Malay or Tamil will be an added advantage.

 

Contact Person

Interested applicants should send their CV to the PI, A/Prof Christopher Chen (Director of MACC) at phccclh@nus.edu.sg. Applications should reach us by 31 October 2017. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.