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!

Job Description Data Analyst
Location International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, KL
Position Type Full Time
Duration 1-2 year(s)

Qualifications and Personal Attributes

  • Minimum a bachelor degree in computer sciences, statistics, data management and analytics or equivalent, with minimum proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite, statistical software 'SPSS' and 'STATA', with knowledge in 'R', 'Python' and ArcGIS is highly desirable.
  • Technical expertise in data mining and with strong analytical skills and the ability to organise, analyse, and manage large quantitative datasets with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Good verbal and written scientific communication skills (in English language), and adept in report writing and presenting findings.
  • Possess good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work in team
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Duties include:
    a) using advanced computerised models to clean, mine and analyse data
    b) performing initial analysis to assess the quality of the data
    c) performing further analysis to extract and interpret the data
    d) performing final analysis to provide data outputs
    e) preparing reports based on analysis and presenting findings

Closing date: 31 May 2020

Interested candidates are required to submit your curriculum vitae to A/P Dr Wong Shew Fung at shewfung_wong@imu.edu.my

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

The candidate will have the opportunity to conduct a research on malaria in the field of parasitology, 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 cerebral malaria
  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)
  6. Comfortable in working with mice.

Closing date: May 2020

Interested candidates are required to submit your curriculum vitae to Dr. Khaw Loke Tim at loketimkhaw@imu.edu.my

Project synopsis
Of the many manifestations of Plasmodium falciparum infection, cerebral malaria (CM) is perhaps the most severe, with a high mortality rate. This has been attributed to mainly the sequestration of malaria parasites in the microvasculature in the brain, accompanied with neuropathology. Even with effective antimalarial therapy, survivors of cerebral malaria are often afflicted with long term neurological impairments, such as cognitive sequelae, epilepsy, speech and language impairments, and others. The use of inhaled nitric oxide as an adjunctive therapy, so far in several clinical trials did not manage to significantly reduce mortality. Hence, alternative strategies are needed to deliver NO to the site of pathology in cerebral malaria. In this study, the potential of NO donors as an adjunctive therapy for cerebral malaria will be studied, delivered alongside standard antimalarial therapy in an experimental cerebral malaria model (C57BL/6 mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA).

Primarily, the main objective of this study is to determine effectiveness and safety of NO donors in conjunction with artesunate on the disease course of C57BL/6 mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA.

Results from this study will suggest whether NO donors are an effective and safe alternative approach to be utilized as an adjunctive therapy alongside standard antimalarial treatment for cerebral malaria, not only to improve survival but also to reduce neuropathology associated with cerebral malaria.

Research Methodology

The study consists of using an experimental cerebral malaria model (C57BL/6 mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA to study survival rate, body weight, temperature, haemoglobin, haematocrit, total red blood cells, behavioural scores, plasma nitrite and histopathology.

Position title: Graduate Research Assistant
Institution: International Medical University
Recruitment type: Full time, contract based, 6 months
Project area: Oral nutrition supplement for patients undergoing elective cancer surgery: Randomized controlled trial

Responsibilities

  • Recruitment of subjects into study
  • Data collection including nutrition assessment and questionnaires
  • Data analysis and data entry
  • Other related activities for study implementation

Qualification

  • Pursuing Bachelor's degree in Science
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills (Malay and English)
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Willing to travel within Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and Kuala Pilah research sites, preferably with own vehicle
  • Enthusiastic, attention to details, dedicated
  • Salary and remuneration provided through research grant
  • Able to start work immediately

Applications

If you have any enquiries and or are interested, please contact DR CHEN SEONG TING (ChenSeongTing@imu.edu.my) or Professor WINNIE CHEE (winnie_chee@imu.edu.my)

We would like to invite applications for positions of Graduate Research Assistant for a project on "Influence of micro- and nanoplastic (polyethylene micro- and nanosphere) on the combined toxicity of copper and cadmium in microalgae". This project is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) which will cover a stipend for full-time students.

Requirements

  • Must have an Undergraduate 1st Class or 2nd Class Upper Honours degree.
  • Strong interest in research.
  • Proficient in English (written and spoken).
  • Be eligible to enrol as a MSc candidate at IMU.

Project Summary

Contamination of the aquatic ecosystems by microplastics (MP, < 5 mm) and nanoplastics (NP, < 1 µm) has drawn much attention due to their potential threat to the environment, which ultimately may impact on human health. There have been extensive studies on the adverse effects due to inadvertent ingestion of these pollutants by a variety of organisms. However, little is known about the impact of MP/NP on microalgae, which form the basis of the food chain. The tendency of MP/NP adsorbing other pollutants such as heavy metals is another concern as this may add to their potential toxicity. The primary aim of this study is to investigate how polyethylene microsphere (MP) and nanosphere (NP) may influence the joint toxicity of copper (Cu) and cadmium (Cd) in microalgae. Copper (Cu) and Cd are chosen for this study as their combined toxic effects on microalgae are not well studied although they are commonly present together. Two microalgae will be tested, namely Chlorella sp. TJ6-5 (indigenous isolate) and Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata (recommended model for toxicity testing). The proposed study consists of three phases: 1) Single toxicity testing of MP/NP, Cu and Cd; 2) Joint toxicity testing of Cu and Cd; 3) Assessment of the toxic effects of the combination of MP/NP, Cu and Cd based on a suite of biomarkers (growth response, morphological changes, oxidative stress response, formation of heteroaggregation and photosynthetic pigment content).The findings will provide insight into how microalgae respond to simultaneous exposure to a mixture of toxicants. In addition, the data generated will contribute towards the development of benchmark (baseline) for risk assessment of pollution due to MP/NP, Cu and Cd in tropical ecosystems.

Applications

If you have any enquiries and or are interested, please contact Professor Chu Wan Loy (wanloy_chu@imu.edu.my)

We would like to invite applications for positions of Graduate Research Assistant for a project on "Effects of trans-resveratrol and RU-615 on extracellular matrix deposition by steroid-treated human trabecular meshwork cells". This project is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) which will cover a stipend for full-time students.

Requirements

  • Must have an Undergraduate 1st Class or 2nd Class Upper Honours degree.
  • Strong interest in research.
  • Proficient in English (written and spoken).
  • Be eligible to enrol as a MSc candidate at IMU.

Project Summary

Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible visual loss. Its aetio-pathogenesis is multifactorial, however, elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) remains the major risk factor. Elevated IOP results from an imbalance between the inflow and outflow of the aqueous humor from the anterior chamber of eye; and mostly it is the increased resistance to aqueous outflow in conventional pathway, the trabecular meshwork (TM), which causes elevated IOP. It has been observed that in glaucomatous eyes there is excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) components such as collagen, fibronectin and alpha smooth muscle actin hindering the aqueous outflow through TM. Use of steroids is also known to be associated with elevated IOP and similar ECM changes in TM, hence steroid-treated TM cells is a commonly used in vitro model to represent glaucomatous changes in TM. All currently used medications enhance the aqueous outflow through alternate pathways and none targets the pathological changes in TM. In our previous studies, trans-resveratrol and RU-615 have been shown to reduce IOP in steroid- treated rat eyes. They have also been shown to reduce ECM deposition in other tissues. However, it remains unknown if both trans-resveratrol and RU-615 can reduce ECM deposition by steroid-treated human TM cells (HTMC). Hence, the objective of this study is to investigate the effect of trans- resveratrol and RU-615 on the deposition of ECM components by steroid-treated HTMC using immunocytochemistry and PCR

Applications

If you have any enquiries and or are interested, please contact Professor Renu Agarwal (renuagarwal@imu.edu.my)

We would like to invite applications for positions of Graduate Research Assistant for a project on "Carriage rate of upper respiratory tract pathobionts and their association with host metabolomics profiles and gut microbial composition in diabetic patients". This project is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) which will cover a stipend for full-time students.

Requirements

  • Must have an Undergraduate 1st Class or 2nd Class Upper Honours degree.
  • Strong interest in research.
  • Proficient in English (written and spoken).
  • Be eligible to enrol as a MSc candidate at IMU.

Project Summary

Diabetes especially type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is a growing public health concern in Malaysia. It is known that the expression of diabetes and its’ associated symptoms are strongly linked to the changes in gut microbiota and host metabolite profiles. The combined effects of the gut microbiome and host metabolome also influence the local and systemic immune system, leading to higher susceptibility to infection including the upper respiratory tract (URT). However, current understanding of the gut microbiome and metabolome are almost generally focused on the western population that practise a different lifestyle and diets from Malaysians. It is also unclear whether such differences may exert different selective pressures for URT pathobionts, leading to different patterns of URT infection from those which have been reported elsewhere. In this study, we aim to investigate the gut microbial composition, urine metabolome and URT pathobionts carriage rate between T2DM and non-diabetic subjects. Specifically, the gut microbiota composition will be elucidated using 16S next generation sequencing while the urine metabolome will be profiled using 600MHz 1H-NMR to represent the systemic metabolic status. In addition, the upper respiratory tracts of subjects will be screened for 6 major URT pathobionts using nasopharyngeal swabs. All data collected will be compared and linked using multivariate statistical techniques. The importance of this research is to understand how the changes in the gut microbiota and metabolomes of individuals with diabetes determine the long-term risks and co-morbidities for infectious disease.

Applications

If you have any enquiries and or are interested, please contact Professor Victor Lim (victor_lim@imu.edu.my)

The Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI), International Medical University (IMU) is offering fellowships to postdoctoral scientists who propose to work on highly innovative research projects that challenge the traditional paradigms in the following research areas:

  • Cancer (particularly pancreatic cancer)
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Healthcare Analytics

We offer a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment where you will work in close collaboration with researchers, healthcare professionals or policy makers.

The Fellowship Review Committee will consider each of the following criteria, with a strong emphasis on the innovation of the project, in evaluating the potential candidates.

  1. Innovation: The originality of the project and the level to which the project challenges existing paradigms and presents innovative hypotheses to the above mentioned research areas.
  1. Significance: The direct relevance of the research proposal to issues regarding the above mentioned research areas and the importance of the project’s outcomes that drive the research areas.
  1. Approach: The conceptual framework and reasoning around the design, methods and analyses proposed and their appropriateness to the aims of the project. The identification of potential problem areas in the approach proposed, and the consideration of alternative approaches.
  1. Investigators: The qualifications, experience, and productivity of the candidate and the potential principal investigator. The appropriateness of the project proposed to the experience of the principal investigator and if applicable, collaborative investigators.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Candidates must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS or DVM. For foreign-trained physicians, equivalency will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Candidates who have already accepted other postdoctoral research fellowship awards are not eligible.
  • The proposed investigation must be conducted at IMU or collaborating research institutions.

 

TERMS OF THE AWARD

The Institute is awarding two-year fellowship with a total annual stipend of RM78,000 – RM96,000. The candidate is also eligible to apply a one-time internal research grant of RM 40,000.

The research grant is intended for a full-time research proposal. The candidate must devote his/her principal time and effort (at least 80 percent) to support research activities. Activities constituting the remaining 20 percent of time and effort should be clearly specified in the application and in the annual progress report. Fellows are not permitted to pursue additional degrees during the course of their fellowship. Should the Fellow and/or Sponsor wish to discontinue the project, leave the Institution or modify any aspect of the award, he or she must seek approval from IRDI in advance. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in financial consequences.

The invention policy of the IRDI requests adherence by the Fellows to the established patent policy of the Institution for any discovery made that was funded in any part by the fellowship.

HOW TO APPLY

You must have a valid email address to apply. There is a two-step application process for the Postdoctoral Fellowship. The first step in the application process is to submit a brief description of the proposed research (600-word-or-less summary), a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) and two (2) letters of reference. The research proposal and CV should be e-mailed directly to the Professor Chee-Onn Leong (cheeonn_leong@imu.edu.my). The reference letters should be submitted by the referees directly to Professor Chee-Onn Leong. Shortlisted candidates may be called for an interview and to present their research proposal to the Fellowship Review Committee.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
31 May 2020