Job Opportunity: Technical Advisor Southeast Asia via The TRACE Network

The TRACE Network is currently recruiting a Technical Advisor in Southeast Asia in order to both build capacity and assist with investigating wildlife seizures. The applicant will be based at the National Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Applicants must have an MSc and a background in forensic science. The applicant will begin the position in January 2018. The deadline to apply is November 28th, 2017. 

Date published: 2017/11/14

A rare opportunity to work at the frontline of the illegal wildlife trade providing wildlife DNA forensic support in SE Asia. The position of Technical Advisor is a dual research and application role to be based alongside other TRACE technical staff hosted at the National Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 


  • Provide field assistance for DNA sampling from large wildlife seizures
  • Develop additional DNA assays for testing wildlife seizures
  • Undertake laboratory work to support wildlife DNA forensic testing in Malaysia
  • Provide training to Customs and Enforcement officers with regard to wildlife forensics


  • An MSc in a suitable DNA related subject such as conservation genetics / forensics / molecular biology
  •  Laboratory proficiency with DNA extraction, PCR, Sanger sequencing, microsatellites etc
  • An interest and knowledge in the illegal wildlife trade
  • An ability to work independently or as part of a small team in stressful environments


Applicants should email a two-page C.V. and letter of application as word documents or pdfs to Dr Ross McEwing at [email protected]

Closing Date:

Midnight GMT, Sunday 28th November 2017.

TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network is a UK based specialist NGO working primarily in Southeast Asia and Africa to build capacity for the application of forensic science to wildlife law enforcement. This post will be managed in collaboration with TRAFFIC South East Asia and TRAFFIC International. Funding for the project is provided by the US State Department (INL).