Based full-time at: Sabah Wildlife Health, Genetic and Forensics Laboratory, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Danau Girang Field Centre invites applications from suitably qualified Sabahans/Malaysians for the position of Laboratory Technician, to be based at the Sabah Wildlife Health, Genetic and Forensics Laboratory. This is a contract appointment, from January 2023 to October 2024, with the possibility of an extension into a full-time employment with us. 

The successful candidate will be aiding our projects ranging from conservation genetics to DNA wildlife forensics, and in day-to-day laboratory operations.


  • Data collection and analyses;
  • Sample and reagent storage in accordance with safety and other requirements;
  • Laboratory cleaning and maintenance activities; ordering and sourcing of supplies;
  • DNA extraction from a variety of sources, and DNA amplification and detection;
  • Report writing, and maintaining equipment records and daily work logs.

The candidate must be able to work closely with multiple collaborators and personnel from different disciplines and follow established SOPs.


Indispensable requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or related fields, and knowledge of molecular biology techniques, particularly DNA extraction, amplification and visualization. Knowledge of population genetics is preferred including familiarity with biosafety. Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge of population/conservation genetics and with a passion for wildlife conservation. 

Fluency in English is compulsory. The successful candidate should have a strong sense of team spirit, work ethics, excellent communication skills and diplomacy.

Closing date for applications: 15th November, 2022, and will remain open until filled.

The successful applicant is expected to commence employment in January 2023.

Applications are to be sent by email, with (1) a letter of interest, (2) a CV with contact information for at least two work references to: Scientific Advisor: Dr Milena Salgado Lynn (milena@dgfc.life), and Senior Conservation Geneticist: Dr Nurhartini K. Yahya (nurhartini.yahya@danaugirangfieldcentre.org)

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and called for an on-site interview, inclusive of a practical exercise.

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