Proposal for a Essex Bio-Technology research fellowship Aim: To fund a young PhD scientist (0-4 years after graduation) for aperiod of 6-18 months to do ocular surface research in Singapore. Criteria: A PhD graduate from life-science or related discipline from areputable university outside Singapore (eg., Hong Kong university). Quantum: Supports accommodation, transport and living allowances inSingapore (say total of $5000-$7000 per month). The project consumableswill be funded separately by the host research institution in Singapore:which is Singapore Eye Research Institute. Mechanism: Once approved, the opportunity for this fellowship will beadvertised in universities as well as in announcements at various eyeconferences. A yearly closing deadline for applications will bementioned, and an email where application forms and CVs can be emailedto. SERI Academy or Essex Bio-technology jointly can appoint a committeeto review the potential candidates for suitability. If necessary, phoneinterviews or actual project ideas can be presented for furtherassessment. Before applying, the candidates should also discuss theproject and duration with Dr Louis Tong or another doctor in SERI who isinvolved in ocular surface research, eg., Dr Jod Mehta or Dr Marcus Ang. Once the decision is made and the successful application has decided totake up the position, SERI HR will appoint this person as a SERIresearch fellow for the duration of the project and help the candidateto get a Singapore Employment pass through immigration. Funding can beawarded to the applicant directly or through SERI finance. Background and significance: There is little exposure of generalscientists to ocular surface research compared to areas like cancer,neuroscience, genetics and infectious disease. This program willhopefully increase the exposure of university graduates to the ocularsurface field and train scientific manpower in the area. Since thisfellowship is funded by Essex-Biotechnology there can also be atranslational or industry attachment element which will expose thefellow to both clinical and translational science related to the ocularsurface. This person will therefore absorb industry experience whichwill allow him or her to progress to an industry science position aswell as a more academic career. The ocular surface research group is anexample of a group that can host such a fellow, since it is alreadyinvolved in various types of ocular surface research, eg, translationaldrug studies, clinical trials, imaging, epidemiology etc. Dr L Tong alsoruns twice a week a dry eye dedicated clinic which allows the fellowmore clinical exposure to real patients if necessary.