Career-Research Positions Vacancy

June 2, 2017 Career-Research Positions Vacancy


We are looking for new team members for the following positions. If you are interested, please send us all the relevant documents.  We look forward to working with you and seeing you achieve great things!

Location International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, KL
Position Type Full Time
Duration  3 year

The candidate will have the opportunity to conduct a research on molecular epidemiology in the field of gastric cancer, and to pursue his/her postgraduate degree (PhD by Research).

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To plan, design, set up and conduct the research project, record and analyse the research findings as directed and supervised by the principal investigator
  2. To keep up-to-date with recent literature and advances in the molecular aspect of gastric cancer
  3. To participate in discussion and data review with the supervisory committees
  4. To maintain good research records and documentation
  5. To present research findings at local or international conference(s) or seminar(s)
  6. To publish research findings in indexed peer-reviewed journal(s)
  7. To prepare his/her dissertation for examination

Qualifications and Personal Attributes

  1. Master Degree in Medical Sciences, Health Sciences, Biological or Life Sciences (e.g cell biology, biochemistry, immunology or related area)
  2. Possess problem solving skills
  3. Self-motivated and able to work in team
  4. Possess good interpersonal skills
  5. Good verbal and written scientific communication skills (in English language)

Closing date: 30 April 2019

Interested candidates are required to submit your curriculum vitae to Associate Professor Dr Cho M Naing at

Project synopsis
In Malaysia, gastric cancer is one of the ten most frequent cancers. Gastric cancer is a multi-factorial disease. The International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) has established Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection as a risk factor for gastric cancer. It has been postulated that colonization of H. pylori leads to infiltration of gastric mucosa with inflammatory leading to production of cytokines. Proinflammatory cytokines could contribute to a higher risk of pangastritis, predisposing to gastric metaplasia and eventually to carcinoma. Studies showed that a high prevalence of H. pylori infection does not always result in a high incidence of gastric cancer. Only a small portion of H. pylori infected people have gastric cancer, suggesting that other susceptible factors such as genetic variants may be considered in gastric carcinogenesis. For instance, studied reported that the incidence of gastric cancer in Chinese individuals residing in China represent 42% of the worldwide estimation. In Malaysia, studies have reported that the majority of gastric cancer are the Chinese individuals (66%), followed by the Malays (18.7%) and the Indians (15.3%).
The present study is aimed to investigate the synergistic interaction of gene polymorphisms in the risk of H. pylori infected gastric cancer cases admitted to a Government hospital. The methodology includes a case-control design investigating the H. pylori status and the risk of gastric carcinoma, followed by molecular assessment of inflammatory cytokines and an exploration of the gene-gene interaction, with multi-dimensionary reduction analysis. A research effort directed towards the identification of associations between genetic polymorphism involved in immunity and H. pylori-related gastric cancer has the potential to provide novel insights into targeted treatment in genetically-susceptible individuals. This will improve primary and secondary prevention of H. pylori-related gastric cancer in Malaysia, a disease that remains the one of the top ten cancer in this country.


  1. Molecular techniques such as DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, quantitative analysis of gene expressions etc.
  2. Statistical analysis of gene-gene interactions
  3. Genetic factor assessments

We are looking for a full-time Research Assistant to assist us in a FRGS project in the International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. The candidate has the opportunity to pursue his/her postgraduate degree in this project (MSc) and present research findings at various conferences or seminars.


Title Role of superhydrophobic surface to alleviate hemolysis and biofilm formation for blood containing medical devices 

Project Description This project is focused on the fabrication of superhydrophobic surface using polymers and nanoparticles via a dip coating technique. Parameters involved in the fabrication process are varied and their effect to the performance of the materials will be evaluated.

Scholarship/Stipend RM 1500/month

Entry requirement

  • Malaysian
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 3.00 in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chemistry, Medical Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, Microbiology, Science Cell and Molecular Biology or other relevant discipline
  • Motivated and enthusiastic individual with basic skills in tissue and microbial cultivation, and basic knowledge in polymer coating

Duration 1-2 year(s)

Commencement date of the project 1 st August 2019

Interested candidates can contact Dr Then Yoon Yee ( for further details. Alternatively, you may call Dr Then directly at 0327317741.