Research Associate/Fellow (Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum)


Job Description

The successful candidate will work on a practical basis under direct supervision of the ICZN President to manage the Secretariat of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). This is a remote position based in Singapore, that entails coordination with ICZN members who are based in various locations around the world.

The Executive Secretary of the ICZN (as “Secretary” in the following) is the only permanent staff of the ICZN Secretariat and is responsible for the smooth running of ICZN’s daily activities. The Secretary has four main roles and corresponding responsibilities related to each:

  •  Communication.  The Secretary responds to enquiries on ICZN matters or refers them to an appropriate member of the Commission. The Secretary ensures that information on the Commission’s online media outlets is up-to-date and makes sure that Commissioners have access to ICZN correspondence and archives. The Secretary handles the transmission of information between NUS and the ICZN (viz., reports and finances);
  • Writing and Editing. The  Secretary acknowledges all submissions to the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature and works with the Editorial board to have these submissions reviewed, copy-edited upon acceptance, typeset by an external printer, proofed by the authors and published online (currently via Biotaxa and BioOne) as well as on the ICZN website. The Secretary prepares drafts of various texts to be published by the Commission, including announcements, Opinions resulting from the regular voting on ICZN Cases, Official Corrections and updates on the ICZN website, before having them reviewed by relevant ICZN members. The Secretary prepares updates to the Official Lists and Indexes of Names and Works in Zoology;
  •  Administration. The Secretary is responsible for administrative duties arising in the routine activities of the ICZN. These include organising of and reporting on the regular voting on ICZN Cases as well as votes on other ICZN matters (amendments to the Code and Constitution; changes to the Bylaws), handling all Bulletin subscription matters, organising of meetings, recording of the minutes of meetings and the organising of and reporting on elections (Council and Commission); and
  • Finance. The Secretary works with the ICZN President to plan the Secretariat’s expenditure for each financial year to ensure sufficient funds for all activities. The Secretary solicits quotations, creates purchase orders, and produces an annual financial report for the Commission. The Secretary also ensures that NUS registers and processes donations to the ICZN.
  • Information about the ICZN is available at .


  • MSc (for Research Associate position) or PhD degree (for Research Fellow position) or comparable qualifications in a relevant discipline; 
  • A demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the field of taxonomy and nomenclature;
  • Excellent skills in:
    • Scientific publication;
    • Copy-editing;
    • Written and oral communication using English;
    • Organization of international networks;
    • Interpersonal interactions; 
    • Working independently, with little supervision;
    • Time-management and self-motivation; 
    • Multi-tasking and managing different deadlines.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with tools for electronic communication, both between individuals and within groups.
  • More Information

    Location: Kent Ridge Campus
    Organization: Science
    Department : Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
    Employee Referral Eligible: No
    Job requisition ID : 20913

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