Research Assistant in Materials Science

Singapore University of Technology and Design


(Senior) Research Assistant (Materials Science)

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Work type: Contract, full-time
Location: Singapore
Categories: Bachelor Degree, Masters, Engineering Product Development, Engineering - Chemical, Engineering - Others, Others

Job Description:

A (Senior) Research Assistant position is now available in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to explore nature-inspired strategies for the synthesis of smart polymers for soft robotics applications. Successful candidates will join an active research group in the Engineering Product Development (EPD) Pillar of SUTD for a 2-year contract and assist Principal Investigator in materials processing, characterisation and testing in the labs' environment.

Project Description:

The project consists in exploring novel bioinspired self-assembly strategies to control the microstructure of soft materials (elastomers and hydrogels). The objective is to incorporate these materials in soft robots using 3D printing technologies to enable advanced functionalities (e.g., reversible rigidity, electrical conductivity, or thermal conductivity).


  • Conducts a variety of scientific experiments in a chemical lab environment, including colloids preparation, functionalization of particles, preparation of elastomers, and 3D-printing.
  • Assists investigator in collecting, evaluating, and interpreting data using a variety of material characterization methods.
  • Assists investigator in writing scientific papers.

Job Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, or related field is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge in colloid science/soft condensed matter with hands-on experience in colloid preparation is preferred.
  • Knowledge in 2 or more of the following characterization techniques is an added advantage: SEM, TGA, rheology, tensile tests, DLS, UV-vis.
  • Organized, driven, and self-motivated with attention to detail.

Application Procedure

Applications should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing their background, technical skillset and contact information of up to three references by 15 February 2023.

Applications close: 31 Mar 2023 Singapore Standard Time

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