Deadline: April 15, 2019

 

The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is looking for qualified personnel to full up the available Associate Scientist and Assistant Scientist positions (Permanent). Agency employees with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

 

Particulars

Associate Scientist

(SG-25)

Assistant Scientist

(SG-24)

Education

Doctoral degree in the fields of natural, physical, or engineering sciences relevant to the job

Master’s degree in the field of natural, physical, or engineering sciences relevant to the job or its equivalent

Experience

Five (5) years of relevant experience after obtaining PhD degree

At least 10 years of productive professional research and development (R&D) work in the related field after obtaining MS degree

Training

32 hours of relevant training

24 hours of relevant training

Eligibility

PD 997/RA 1080/Career Service Professional

RA 1080/Career Service Professional

Terms of Reference

·         Conceptualize, plan, direct, and supervise S&T activities on specific priority areas

·         Coordinate the systematic and periodic evaluation and monitoring of programs/projects and/or conduct R&D on specific priority areas

·         Provide technical assistance to co-workers/peers

·         Provide technical support to the DOST Secretary/Agency Head

·         Assist the DOST/Agency in the development, coordination, and supervision of S&T activities

·         Collaborate with various offices/institutions regarding the implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of program/projects and/or conduct R&D on specific priority areas

·         Provide technical assistance to co-workers/peers

·         Participate in other special studies and assignments given by the DOST Secretary/Agency Head

Required Submissions

At least two (2) published research papers/articles, excluding thesis/dissertation, in refereed journals as sole author or co-author even before or after obtaining the PhD degree

At least one (1) published research paper/article, excluding thesis/dissertation, in refereed journals as sole author or co-author even before or after obtaining the MS degree


Please see below, additional requirements of the recipient agencies, for reference and guidance.

 

Agency

Additional Requirements

ASTI

One (1) Associate Scientist

 

and

 

One (1) Assistant Scientist

Must have expertise on the following:

 

·         Data Science and analytics, machine learning and computing

o   Strong mathematical and analytical skills, computer programming competency, knowledge of computer languages, familiarity with cloud technologies and application, good communication and leadership skills are required.

 

Electronic embedded systems design and development

o   Competency required in electronic circuit design, FPGA/ASIC, microprocessor technologies, programming languages (C/C++/C#, assembly), firmware development tools, system-level EDA tools (eg. Cadence Allegro/OrCAD, SPICE). Component-level tools (VHDL, Verilog, and FPGA/ASIC Toolchain), Windows OS, UNIX/LINUX, embedded OS/RTOS

o   Problem solving and data analysis skills and good communication skills, particularly technical writing and documentation skills, are essential.

o   Proficiency in the operation of test and measurement equipment such as spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, vector signal generators, vector signal analyzers and logic analyzers and in the electronics manufacturing process also desired.

o   Prior project management experience in embedded systems development and background in radio frequency (RF) and wireless communications are advantages.

 

·         Candidates are expected to provide technical leadership and/or mentoring of development teams and must be highly organized, systematic, flexible, and goals and results-oriented.

 

FNRI

One (1) Associate Scientist

Education: Preferably PhD in Nutrition/Applied or Nutrition Epidemiology

 

Experience: 5-10 years of relevant experience; has published at least six (6) manuscript in scopus or peer-reviewed journals

FPRDI

One (1) Assistant Scientist

Education: Preferably PhD graduate related to nanotechnology or advanced composites of wood and nonwood forest products

 

Experience: Has experience in research in wood and nonwood forest products and/or ligno-cellulosic based materials

MIRDC

Two (2) Associate Scientists

Education: Preferably a PhD holder in the field of Advanced Mechatornics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation or in the field of Surface Engineering and Finishing

PNRI

One (1) Associate Scientist

Must have expertise in the following areas:

·         Nuclear and radiation safety: Nuclear reactor physics and safety; environmental impact assessment related, but not limited to nuclear and radiation sources; environmental dose assessments; knowledge of international nuclear regulatory standards related to nuclear facilities

 

·         Marine Radioecology and Radiometry; Marine biogeochemistry of stable and radioactive nuclides; radioecological risk analysis; perform basic nuclear instrumentation analyses: ie. High Purity Germanium Detectors (HPGe), gamma counters, Liquid Scintillation Counters (LSC), X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF), Isotope-Ratio Mass Spectrometry, Alpha Counters; chemical, radiochemical fingerprinting and dating techniques in the study of marine pollution/contamination, including tracing ocean circulation and water mass mixing; contaminant transport models and their applications; radiological dose assessments via aquatic pathways.

PTRI

One (1) Assistant Scientist

·         Preferably an expert on polymer chemistry or material science, or environmental science or related courses that can evaluate the environmental impact of PTRI processes/products using tools like Life Cycle Assessment(LCA)

 

·         Must have ISI-peer reviewed publication and approved process patent

Office of the Undersecretary for DRR-CC

One (1) Assistant Scientist

·         Preferably a PhD or DSc in the natural, applied, or social science;

 

·         Expertise and published work includes interactions between climate change adaptation and disaster risk management with communities, or science, technology, and innovation in understanding and addressing disaster and climate risks and human vulnerabilities

 

 

·         At least 5 years work experience in DRR-CC specialization

 

·         At least 10 years work experience in research project development and management, with at least 5 years of those in supervising junior research staff, and managing externally-funded research grants

 

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application letter (Subject: Application for Associate Scientist Position/ Application for Assistant Scientist Position) and other supporting documents on or before 15 April 2019 to:

 

  1. JOEL JOSEPH S. MARCIANO JR.

Acting Director, Office of the Director

Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI)
ASTI Building, Technology Park Complex, C.P. Garcia Avenue
UP Campus, DIliman, Quezon City
Contact Person: MS. Mylene N. Monton
Tel Nos: 426-9755/426-9760 local 1107

 

  1. MARIO V. CAPANZANA
Director IV
Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)
DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Contact Person: Ms. Remea V. Estrella
Tel Nos: 837-2071 to 82 local 2290/ 837-8113/14 local 312

 

  1. ROMULO T. AGGANGAN
Director
Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI)
Narra St., Forestry Campus, 4031 College, Laguna
Contact Person: Ms. Fe P. Frialde/Ms. Emily Jane L. Laurente
Tel Nos: (049) 536 2377 loc. 1026

 

  1. ROBERT O. DIZON
Executive Director
Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC)
MIRDC Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Contact Person: Dr. Jelly N. Ortiz/ Ms . Rosario D. Sancon
Tel Nos: 8370431 to 38 local 440/441

  

  1. CARLO A. ARCILLA
Director
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI)
Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Contact Person: Ms. Alicia Lagunzad/Ms. Aileen B. Cezar
Tel Nos: 929-6011 to 19 local 226/ 920-1646

 

  1. CELIA V. ELUMBA
Director
Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI)
PTRI Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Contact Person: Ms. Remea V. Estrella
Tel Nos: 372071-82 local 2377

 

  1. RENATO U. SOLIDUM JR.
Undersecretary
Office of the Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change
DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Contact Person: Ms. Maria Lynn P. Melosantos
Tel Nos: 837-2071 local 2149

 

For concerns/queries regarding this announcement, please call the Office of the Undersecretary for R&D at 837-2930.

In conjunction with its 37th year Anniversary, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology holds the International Conference on Health Research and Industry 4.0 on 15 March 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

Bannered by the theme, “Health Research and Industry 4.0,” the event will tackle issues and the opportunities that confronts the health research landscape in the face of Industry 4.0. It will bring international experts to showcase what others are doing under Industry 4.0, particularly for the health field. Expected participants include the academe, policymakers, private sector and civil society representatives will have opportunity for conversation on how we can take advantage of the opportunities and manage the risks emerging from Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe).

To deliver the keynote address is Dr. Michael Braun, Program Manager from the Vietnam Climate Innovation Center. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the management of innovation, knowledge, academic education, technology and R&D in leading nations as well as in developing countries. Other international speakers are Dr. Junjie Chong from Newcastle University Singapore, Ms. Tala de los Santos from PATH, USA, and Dr. Russell Walker from Swinburne University.

Highlight of the program is a panel discussion on the readiness of the health research sector in the coming of the fourth industrial revolution with the resource speakers Dr. Jun Jie Chong from Newcastle University and Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, Undersecretary for Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology.

In the afternoon, five parallel sessions are organized as follows: Developing a Research-based Biomedical Device and Diagnostics Industry, Academe and Industry Stakeholders’ Forum on Technology Commercialization, 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers, PAMJE Annual Educational Session and 7th General Assembly, and PCHRD Scholars Society General Assembly.

To know more about the event, you may download the program, visit www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph. and like us on Facebook (/dostpchrd) and follow us on Twitter (@DOST_PCHRD)!






























Marikina City—During the celebration of its 29th Anniversary last February 26, 2019, the Philippine Science Centrum (PSC), as the flagship program of the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST), launched six interactive Health Exhibits sponsored by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

The Dengue Virus

An interactive exhibit that allows visitors to build a large model of the dengue virus and learn about parts that makes new viruses in the host’s body. While visitors connect the parts of the virus structure, an exhibitor gives information on how people can get sick with dengue.

Test Your Vision

This exhibit requires visitors to explore in pairs and try the tools used by ophthalmologists to estimate the optical power of an eyeglass that a person may need. In trying out the trial lenses, one visitor may try to read the rows of letters on the Snellen Chart while their partner will verify if the letters are read correctly.

Vaccine

Showcased in this exhibit is a simulation of how a vaccine builds the body’s defences against virus and bacteria attack. Visitors participate by drawing “vaccine” from a vial and transferring the vaccine to the arm model. To help visitors see the importance of vaccination, the exhibit shows that the presence of the vaccine in the body of the model triggers lighting up of “cells” in the infographic panel.  These cells simulate antibodies produced in response to the presence of weakened disease-causing agent in the vaccine.

Mobile Health Apps and Wireless Medical Devices

This grouped exhibit is assembled according to users. The health apps are shown in a large monitor where the visitor can tap on icons of health apps for the public, including patients and health care professionals. On the side, visitors can also use portable devices for monitoring of heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.

Sneeze and Disease

In this giant model of the nose and mouth, visitors can come up close to induce a loud sneeze. The exhibit also shows the millions of germs that a sneeze can spread in an infographic posted beside the model. It also gives information on how to sneeze the proper way to avoid spreading of infection.

Phytonutrients

Five reels containing pictures of different fruits and vegetables are rotated and aligned by visitors according to their color. Once aligned, the color flashes and health-promoting properties of the functional foods are shown on the monitor. These colourful fruits and vegetables have phytonutrients which benefit the body by helping lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, infections and other diseases.



Since its launching in 1990, the PSC has remained a promoter of science consciousness and information through its interactive science exhibits and learning systems which are especially suited to the student population and the general public.

The PCHRD is one with PSC and PFST in championing science and technology interest and literacy through interactive exhibits that will promote science understanding, positive attitude, commitment and active engagement in health.


The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Fondazione Italiana Fegato (FIF) for the development of scientific and technological cooperation in health. PCHRD Director Dr. Jaime C. Montoya represented DOST-PCHRD during the signing ceremony, while FIF was represented by their Scientific Director Dr. Claudio Tiribelli.

Under the MOU, PCHRD and FIF will work together on various S&T cooperation. Specifically, on the following areas of collaboration: 1) Establishment of Philippine Liver Network; 2) Enhancement of the existing Clinical Research Fellowship Programs with Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP) and FIF; 3) PhD in Molecular Medicine in University of Trieste, with research training from FIF; 4) Sandwich Research Training in FIF for the current MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine scholars; 5) Post-doctoral trainings; and 6) Short-terms trainings.

Dr. Claudio Tiribelli expressed his gratitude to the Council and said that this is a tremendous opportunity to create a transitional hepatology network in the Philippines. Likewise, Dr. Montoya assured FIF the Council’s full support and cooperation in this collaboration.

Also, in witness of the event are, National Scientist Dr. Ernesto Domingo, PCHRD Institutional Development Division Chief Ms. Carina Rebulanan, and first recipient of DOST-PCHRD-HSP-FIF Clinical Research Fellowship - Dr. Peter Andrew Reyes.
Personalized gifts? How about personalized health care?

Imagine a future when the standard of treatment such as physical and laboratory examinations will evolve into a more personalized patient care.

Using ‘omic’ technology platforms to develop local technologies for personalized medicines, diagnostics, and therapeutics is the ultimate vision of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s (DOST-PCHRD) ‘Omic Technologies for Health Research and Development (R & D) program.

‘Omic medicine is a fast-paced, emerging technology and forefront study of individual body information such as genome, proteins, and metabolites. In depth understanding of an individual’s DNA content, proteins, and metabolic content and processes contributes to the body of knowledge to efficiently detect and treat diseases of human beings.

“Specifically, with genomics, we can check whether the drugs we are giving, really works for us. We can even develop medicines tailored to individual patient based on predicted response or risk of disease. Genomics can also help us develop more affordable diagnostic kits that can diagnose diseases early on, like dengue or malaria, so that early intervention can be given, and therefore save more lives,” says Dr. Jaime Montoya, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director.

In previous years, the DOST supported projects on disease detection, risk assessment, and drug response using genomic and molecular technologies, focusing on non-communicable diseases with increasing public burden such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), type 2 diabetes mellitus, as well as lung and colorectal cancers.

Particularly for the Cardiovascular Genomics Program, initial findings showed that a percentage of genetic variations present in published literature are not seen in the Filipino participants of the program, highlighting the importance of ethnicity in predicting drug response on CVD medications.

With sound investment, Omics for health research and development envisions the adoption of research-based innovations, practices, and policies towards a healthy Filipino Nation, “para sa mga lunas na sakto sa Pilipino.”