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Old 29-08-2012, 08:50 AM
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Hi everyone, this is my first post. I stumbled upon this forum when I started researching the possibility of returning to Singapore for work. A bit about me, I was in the top 5% of my class from Secondary school to poly. I worked for about a year before I moved to Australia to do a BSc(Hons) where I did a double major in molecular biology and biomedical science. I graduated with first class Hons. I got a full scholarship to do my PhD (medicine and pharmacology) and graduated from UWA in 2007. I've been working as a research fellow since then. My current gross monthly salary is about SGD$8000. Could I please find out what the job prospects in Singapore for someone like me? I've been successful with grant applications in Australia. I am funded (salary + two research assistants) until 2014 but I'd like to get a feel for what is happening in Singapore.

In terms of my work experience, I have done 2 post-docs at Monash. I have supervised 2 PhD students to completion and 4 Hons students to completion. I currently do some guest lecturing and some tutoring but mostly my interactions are with postgrad students within a research environment.

I'd love to get some idea of what the salaries, opportunities and job landscape is in Singapore.

Thanks in advance.


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Hi everyone, this is my first post. I stumbled upon this forum when I started researching the possibility of returning to Singapore for work. A bit about me, I was in the top 5% of my class from Secondary school to poly. I worked for about a year before I moved to Australia to do a BSc(Hons) where I did a double major in molecular biology and biomedical science. I graduated with first class Hons. I got a full scholarship to do my PhD (medicine and pharmacology) and graduated from UWA in 2007. I've been working as a research fellow since then. My current gross monthly salary is about SGD$8000. Could I please find out what the job prospects in Singapore for someone like me? I've been successful with grant applications in Australia. I am funded (salary + two research assistants) until 2014 but I'd like to get a feel for what is happening in Singapore.

In terms of my work experience, I have done 2 post-docs at Monash. I have supervised 2 PhD students to completion and 4 Hons students to completion. I currently do some guest lecturing and some tutoring but mostly my interactions are with postgrad students within a research environment.

I'd love to get some idea of what the salaries, opportunities and job landscape is in Singapore.

Thanks in advance.
Dont ever come back!!

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LOL!! I wasn't expecting that! Are things that bad back home?

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LOL!! I wasn't expecting that! Are things that bad back home?
you come back to SG, you will need to serve your Reservist ICT and IPPT/RT if you are no excuse if you are a male.

and your pay, most likely will be 5.5-6.5k range i guess, can try applying to A*STAR
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you come back to SG, you will need to serve your Reservist ICT and IPPT/RT if you are no excuse if you are a male.

and your pay, most likely will be 5.5-6.5k range i guess, can try applying to A*STAR
bloody hell, that sounds tragic! Sounds like I won't be moving home in a hurry then! I'm on tenure track at the moment, so I might just wait to see if prospects are any better with professorship. I realise that Singapore is all about status and the paperwork to prove one's mettle. I did hope that I already had enough to secure a half-decent offer but it sure doesn't sound like it!
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bloody hell, that sounds tragic! Sounds like I won't be moving home in a hurry then! I'm on tenure track at the moment, so I might just wait to see if prospects are any better with professorship. I realise that Singapore is all about status and the paperwork to prove one's mettle. I did hope that I already had enough to secure a half-decent offer but it sure doesn't sound like it!
If you cannot get into A*star, you no chance to fly back also liao, cos all your $$ will be sucked away
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Gotcha. And thanks for your candour. Much appreciated.

I did consider A*star but their current fellowships are for clinician-scientists (this has not always been the case). I am guessing this is because they are pushing for translational medicine for the moment. The only way I would join A*star would be as a lab head, since I currently lead my own lab in Australia and couldn't face being in a post-doc position in SG. I've come to really enjoy the creative flexibility of running my own projects and seeing my work published.
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What about Duke-NUS?
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tutoring and lecturing in monash??...hmmmm,i might know you...im an undergrade in monash now....im guessing your in physiology department??
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What about Duke-NUS?
There's an idea... might have a hunt around their website to see what information I could garner....


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