Sarawak Biodiversity Centre invites highly motivated and qualified candidates to fill the following positions:

1. Position: Assistant Research Officer, Q29

Research and Dedvelopment Programme

  1. Jawatan Berasaskan Caruman, JBC - 1 Vacancy
  2. 2 Years Contract - 2 Vacancies

Salary Schedule: Q29

Minimum Salary (RM)  Maximum Salary (RM)  Yearly Increment (RM) 
1,496.00   5,676.00 145.00 

The successful candidates will be expected to work in the following areas:

  • Field trip to collect and record specimens
  • Maintain Natural Product Library database (record keeping and documentation)
  • Collection of data from analysed sample
  • Data entry to the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Stock inventory and documentation/ record keeping
  • Assist in Isolation of microorganism, compound and other natural products
  • Handling and preparation of media, reagents and apparatus for experiments
  • Learn new laboratory techniques and operate laboratory equipment
  • In charge of lab equipment including monitoring the performance, defect, maintenance, servicing and minor repairs if necessary

Qualification:

  • Diploma in Science (CGPA of 3.0 and above) from local higher learning institution or equivalent qualification recognized by the Government (Starting basic salary: RM 1,774.37)
  • Credit (at least Grade C) in Bahasa Malaysia subject at SPM/SVM/MCE level
  • Candidate must also have good command of the English language (spoken and written)
  • Computer literate i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel and email

2. Position: Assistant Research Officer, Q29 - Contract (2 Years)

Traditional Knowledge Documentation Programme

Salary Schedule: Q29

Minimum Salary (RM)  Maximum Salary (RM)  Yearly Increment (RM) 
1,496.00   5,676.00 145.00 

The successful candidates will be expected to work in the following areas:

To assist in implementing Traditional Knowledge Documentation Programme which includes:

  • Field trip to collect and record specimens
  • Will be trained with communities, farming and extraction of essential oil
  • Coordinate activities related to benefit sharing with ethnic communities
  • Collection and propagation of plants including assist Research Officer in conducting experiment
  • Preparation of plants voucher specimen

Qualification:

  • Diploma in Science (CGPA of 3.0 and above) from local higher learning institution or equivalent qualification recognized by the Government (Starting basic salary: RM 1,774.37)
  • Credit (at least Grade C) in Bahasa Malaysia subject at SPM/SVM/MCE level
  • Candidate must also have good command of the English language (spoken and written)
  • Computer literate i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel and email
  • Able to lift minimum 20kg and work outdoors in the fields

3. Position: Research Assistant, Q19 - Contract (2 Years)

Research and Development Programme, Project Basis - 2 Vacancies

Salary Schedule: Q19

Minimum Salary (RM)  Maximum Salary (RM)  Yearly Increment (RM) 
1,355.00   4,007.00 100.00 

The successful candidates will be expected to work in the following areas:

  • Prepare growth media and components according to laboratories protocols and recipes
  • Prepare all stages of algae culture (from seedling to harvesting)
  • Measure and record basic water quality parameters such as temperature, pH, fluorimeter reading and salinity perform routine and regular monitoring of cultures and minor repairs of the cultivation system
  • Learn new laboratory techniques and operate laboratory equipment
  • Maintain stock cultures

Qualification:

  • Candidate must have a SPM/SVM/MCE certificate or equivalent qualification recognized by the Government (Starting basic salary: RM 1,355.00)
  • Credit (at least Grade C) in Bahasa Malaysia subject at SPM/SVM/MCE level
  • Candidate must also have good command of the English language (spoken and written)
  • Computer literate i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel and email
  • Able to lift minimum 20kg and work outdoors in algae cultivation facility for at least 5 hours a day
  • Able to work on weekends and public holidays

4. Position: Security Guard, KP11 - Jawatan Berasaskan Caruman, JBC

Administrative Section - 1 Vacancy

Salary Schedule: KP11

Minimum Salary (RM)  Maximum Salary (RM)  Yearly Increment (RM) 
1,205.00   2,939.00 80.00 

The successful candidates will be expected to work in the following areas:

  • To report any incidences on break-ins, emergencies etc to the management and relevant authorities (e.g. Police, BOMBA, Ambulance etc)
  • Patrol and monitor safety of buildings, facilities and employees
  • Control visitors’ entry and exit from premises
  • Control traffic and implement parking rules

Qualification:

  • A former policeman with minimum Constables rank or a former army with minimum Private (Prebet) rank or equivalent, has been confirmed in service and has a good service record (Starting basic salary: RM 1,205.00)
  • Candidate must have a PT3/PMR/SRP/LCE or equivalent qualification recognized by the Government (Starting basic salary: RM 1,205.00)
  • Credit (at least Grade C) in Bahasa Malaysia subject at PT3/PMR/SRP/LCE level
  • Candidate must also have good command of the English language (spoken and written)
  • Male only
  • Candidate must have the physical measurements as follows:
    • minimum height of 1.57m without shoes
    • minimum weight of 48kg
    • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 19 to 26
    • have a normal chest size minimum 79cm and while breathing 84cm
    • pass a vision test for left and right eyes tested separately with V6/9 resolution without the use of glasses/contact lens
    • no color vision defects and no hearing impaired
    • checked and certified by the Medical Officer suitable for employment

Interested candidates are required to complete the Job Application Form SBC/HR/2018/4 which can be downloaded here.

The completed job application form which includes a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, a recent passport sized photograph (non-returnable) and certified true copy of relevant certificates/transcripts should reach the following address by hard copy on or before 21 December 2018.

Sarawak Biodiversity Centre
KM20 Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh
Locked Bag No. 3032
93990 Kuching, Sarawak
[Tel: 082-610610 Fax: 082-611535]

Application from Government Officers must be submitted through respective Head of Department.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

KUCHING: The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Research, through Sarawak Research Council (SRC) is inviting departments and agencies to collaborate with them in conducting research.

Its minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin said the Sarawak Research Council Bill was tabled at the last State Legislative Assembly in Nov last year, and now in force, and wanted agencies like Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Bintulu, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) to work together with SRC.

Sarawak Biodiversity Centre invites invites highly motivated and qualified candidates to fill the following positions:

Position: Research Officer (Research & Development Programme), Q43/44

Jawatan Berasaskan Caruman, JBC - 1 Vacancy

Salary Schedule: Q43/44

Minimum Salary (RM)

Maximum Salary (RM)

Yearly Increment (RM)

3,602.00

10,504.00

250.00

The successful candidate will be expected to work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Play a leading role in project planning, coordination and data/chemical analysis such as structure elucidation of natural products and/or molecular and cellular bioassay
  • Able to write scientific reports and publish research work
  • Be a team player in an integrative R&D programme
  • Relevant experience include operating analytical instruments such as HPLC, GCMS, LCMS & NMR, and/or molecular biology techniques including cell culture, cloning and bioassays with natural product fractions
  • Supervise Research Officers/Assistant Research Officers/Research Assistants

Qualification:

  • Candidate must have a PhD in Science (Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry or relevant field). The academic qualification must be recognized by the Government.
  • At least five years of experience in this field of work.
  • Candidate must also have excellent command of the English language (spoken and written).

Position: Research Officer (Research & Development Programme), Q41

Jawatan Berasaskan Caruman, JBC - 7 Vacancies

Salary Schedule: Q41

Minimum Salary (RM)

Maximum Salary (RM)

Yearly Increment (RM)

2,315.00

9,618.00

225.00

The successful candidates will be expected to work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Extraction, fractionation and chemical characterization of natural products
  • Isolation of microbes, fermentation and antimicrobial assay
  • Investigation into the structure of active natural compounds using column chromatography including equipment such as HPLC, GCMS, LCMS & NMR
  • Plant tissue culture and propagation
  • Bioinformatics in the area of sequence analysis, programming and database management

Qualification:

  • Candidate must have a Master (CGPA of 3.0 and above) or PhD in Science (Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Plant Tissue Culture, Bioinformatics or relevant field). The academic qualification must be recognized by the Government.
  • Candidate must also have good command of the English language (spoken and written).

Position: Research Officer (Traditional Knowledge Documentation Programme), Q41

Jawatan Berasaskan Caruman, JBC - 1 Vacancy

Salary Schedule: Q41

Minimum Salary (RM)

Maximum Salary (RM)

Yearly Increment (RM)

2,315.00

9,618.00

225.00

The successful candidates will be expected to work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Organize and conduct consultative meetings, collection, propagation of plants and documentation of Traditional Knowledge among Sarawak’s ethnic communities under this programme
  • Plant management, horticulture and propagation of indigenous plants
  • Possess technical skills in curation and plants identification
  • Project management skills

Qualification:

  • Candidate must have a Master (CGPA of 3.0 and above) or PhD in Science (Botany/Plant Science, Biology Agriculture Science, Life Science, Plant Taxonomy, Agronomist, Plant Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Plant Management or relevant field). The academic qualification must be recognized by the Government.
  • Candidate must also have good command of the English language (spoken and written).

Interested candidates are required to complete the Job Application Form SBC/HR/2018/3 which can be downloaded here. The completed job application form which includes a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, a recent passport sized photograph (non-returnable) and certified true copy of relevant certificates/transcripts should reach the following address on or before 12 October 2018.

Chief Executive Officer
Sarawak Biodiversity Centre
KM20 Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh
Locked Bag No. 3032
93990 Kuching, Sarawak
[Tel: 082-610610 Fax: 082-611535]

Application from Government Officers must be submitted through respective Head of Department.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Corybas Calcicolus
The Helmet Orchid, Corybas calcicola from the limestone hills of Peninsular Malaysia. Photo courtesy by Ong Poh Teck.

Limestone hills are home to about 200 species, representing about 20% of the total orchid flora found in Peninsular Malaysia. There are about 570 isolated karst hills in Peninsular Malaysia but fewer than 20 hills lie within the Totally Protected Areas (TPAs).

Jointly organised with Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus in partnership with Sarawak Biodiversity Centre ( SBC), the event will flag off from Swinburne Sarawak at 6am.

According to a media release, the run will feature three routes to cater for all ages -- a 10km run which will go past WCS Malaysia’s long-term conservation partner, Hilton Kuching, a 5km run and a family-friendly 1.5km fun walk.

You can read or download a copy of SBC Annual Report 2017 here.

KUCHING: Forestry matters may be under the jurisdiction of the respective state governments and federal authorities, but this doesn’t stop all stakeholders from working towards the betterment of humanity and future generations.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said Malaysia is committed to Reducing the Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) objective.

Sarawak Biodiversity Centre invites highly motivated and qualified candidates to fill the following positions:

Position: Office Secretary, N29 - 2 year contract, 1 vacancy

Salary Schedule: N29

Minimum Salary (RM) Maximum Salary (RM)  Yearly Increment (RM) 
 1,493.00 5,672.00  145.00

Terms of appointment:

  • Diploma in Secretariat Science from local polytechnics or equivalent qualification recognized by the Government (Starting basic salary: RM 1,493.00).
  • Diploma in Office Management and Technology from local higher learning institution or equivalent qualification recognized by the Government (Starting basic salary: RM 1,770.95).

Qualification:

  • Candidate must have a Diploma in Secretariat Science from local polytechnics/Diploma in Office Management and Technology from local higher learning institution or equivalent qualification recognized by the Government.
  • At least two (2) years working experience in this field of work.
  • Credit (at least Grade C) in Bahasa Malaysia subject at SPM/SVM/MCE level.
  • Candidate must also have excellent command of the Bahasa Malaysia and English language (spoken and written).

Position: Driver, H11 - 2 year contract, 1 vacancy

Salary Schedule: H11

Minimum Salary (RM) Maximum Salary (RM)  Yearly Increment (RM) 
 1,218.00 2,939.00 80.00

Terms of appointment:

  • The starting salary is according to class of driving license:
    • License class D: RM 1,264.15
    • License class E/E1/E2: RM 1,310.30
    • License class F/H: RM1,356.45
    • License class G/I: RM1,402.60

Qualification:

  • Candidate must have a PT3/PMR/SRP/LCE or equivalent qualification recognized by the Government.
  • With at least class D driving license issued by Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan [except Probationary Driving Licence (P)].
  • No criminal and reckless driving record.
  • At least two (2) years working experience in this field of work.
  • Credit (at least Grade C) in Bahasa Malaysia subject at PT3/PMR/SRP/LCE level.
  • Candidate must also have good command of the Bahasa Malaysia and English language (spoken and written).

Interested applicants are required to complete the Job Application Form SBC/HR/2018/2 which can be downloaded document here (77 KB) . The completed job application form which includes a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, a recent passport-sized photograph (non-returnable) and certified true copy of relevant certificates/transcripts should reach the following address on or before 29 June 2018.

Chief Executive Officer
Sarawak Biodiversity Centre
KM20 Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh
Locked Bag No. 3032
93990 Kuching, Sarawak
[Tel: 082-610610 Fax: 082-611535]

Application from Government Officers must be submitted through respective Head of Department.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

A total of 26 community representatives under the SBC Traditional Knowledge (TK) Documentation Programme participated in the Biodiversity Day & Traditional Knowledge Seminar 2018 that was held at Imperial Hotel, Kuching on 12-14 May 2018.

This year’s TK Seminar participants come from various villages which comprise of different regions in Sarawak which are the Bidayuh, Bagatan, Berawan, Bisaya, Iban, Kayan, Kedayan, Kelabit, Kenyah, Lun Bawang, Melayu, Melanau, Tanjong, Penan, Sa’ban, Salako, Tagal and Tabun.

They actively participated in both events and very supportive especially towards the TK documentation programme. They were involved in exhibition activities and attended public awareness talks that were lined up during the Biodiversity Day.

As for the two days of TK Seminar, they were exposed to the concept of plant propagation, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), herbal product development and marketing strategies that will help them in the future. Apart from that, field visits to Rampangi Integrated Research Station and SBC’s Plant Plots at Agriculture Research Centre (ARC) to expose the participants on the processes of plant management and fertigation system.

Meeting with MC

The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) recently received a visit from Genichi Ichikawa, the new Chief Executive in Malaysia, and General Manager, Kuala Lumpur Branch of Mitsubishi Corporation. He was accompanied by Kenji Ohta, the former Chief Executive in Malaysia and GM of Kuala Lumpur Branch. Ohta is also the current Senior Vice President, General Manager, Energy Business Group CEO Office, Mitsubishi Tokyo.

Biodiversity Day in conjunction with the International Day for Biological Diversity 2018
Celebrating 25 years of Action for Biodiversity
Date: 12 May 2018, Saturday, 8.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Level 5, Imperial Hotel, Kuching

YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot

YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot
Chairman, Sarawak Biodiversity Council

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot is the new Chairman of Sarawak Biodiversity Council effectively from 1 March 2018, taking over from previous Chairman and State Secretary, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Bin Abdul Ghani.

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot has extensive experience in economic affairs, policy analysis, development planning including regional, sectoral, program and project planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. He has vast experiences in corporate and business affairs, business strategy, capacity planning and building. During his previous highly successful career appointment as the CEO of the Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA), RECODA had attracted around RM100 billion of FDI and DDI investments.

He has served in various organizations such as:

  • Member of Sarawak Research and Development Council (Mac 2018 – present)
  • Chief Executive Officer of RECODA/SCORE (Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy)(Aug 2009 – Dec 2017)
  • Chairman of Sarawak Biodiversity Council (2007 – 2009)
  • State Secretary Sarawak (Jan 2007 – Aug 2009)
  • Deputy State Secretary Sarawak (Administration, Security & Protocol) (July 2006 – Dec 2006)
  • Deputy State Secretary Sarawak (Human Resource) (Aug 2004 – June 2006)
  • Deputy State Secretary Sarawak (Planning & Development) (Aug 2000 – June 2004)
  • Director of State Planning Unit (May 1995 – Aug 2000)
  • Principal Assistant Director of State Planning Unit (1990 – 1994)
  • Project Director [Kalaka – Saribas Integrated Agriculture Development Project (IADP)] under the Ministry of Agriculture (1986 – 1989)
  • Principal Assistant Secretary of State Planning Unit (1983 – 1985)
  • Economist of International Pepper community Jakarta, Indonesia under the Ministry of Primary Industries/ Inter-governmental Commodity Organization (1977 - 1983)
  • Assistant Secretary of State Planning Unit (1973 – 1977)

Past/Present appointments (Federal)

  • Advisory Panel and member of Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER)
  • Chairman of Complaints Committee Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) (February 2015 – February 2018)
  • Member of Complaints Committee of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) (February 2013 – February 2015)
  • Member of MYCC Competition Tribunal (Tribunal Rayuan Persaingan (KPDNKK)) (Since 1st April 2015 - Present)
  • Member of the National Export Council (MITI/MATRADE) (Since December 2014 - Present)
  • Member of Investment Committee (MITI/MIDA) (Since September 2009 - Present)

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot holds Degrees of Master in Development Economics, Sussex University UK, and a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the University of Western Australia. He also attended Executive Courses at JFK School of Government Harvard University and the University Queensland, Australia

The Sarawak Biodiversity Regulations, 2004 is repealed and replaced with the Sarawak Biodiversity Regulations, 2016 (Gazette date: 30 December 2016) which has come into force effective 28 January 2016.

The new regulations include the process of obtaining Prior Informed Consent (PIC) and provisions of the Benefit Sharing Agreement. The Sarawak Biodiversity Regulations, 2016 can be downloaded here.

The latest Sarawak Biodiversity (Fees) Notification, 2017 can be viewed here.

Here at the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre I am a visiting Fulbright scholar affiliated with the Traditional Knowledge Programme. As a professional botanist, my project in Malaysia for the next five months is to meet and work with botanists, assist with documenting ethnobotanical collections, and to share and exchange ideas about herbarium management and technique. I hope and expect to learn much from my colleagues here, and I also hope to contribute what I can.

Luming, ChenAs a recent graduate from Yale University with a B.S. intensive in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, my main research interests lie in immunology, cancer, and drug discovery.