Senior Technical Officer: Department of Biochemistry

South Africa
Oct 12, 2016
Oct 31, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Stellenbosch University

Department of Biochemistry

Senior Technical Officer

(Ref. NW01/366/1016)


  • General management of research laboratories;
  • General laboratory maintenance and management of safe research practices;
  • Administrative and financial management of research funds and budgets;
  • Maintenance of laboratory inventory/inventories;
  • Providing technical assistance with research and graduate student training;
  • Providing technical assistance with animal experiments (taking of blood, tissue, swab and stool samples);
  • Providing technical and administrative support for undergraduate courses and practicals, as well as student liaising.


  • Master's degree (MSc) in Biochemistry or closely related discipline;
  • Proven management experience in a research/academic environment;
  • Basic knowledge of occupational safety, as applicable to a research environment/laboratory;
  • Practical experience and knowledge of basic instrumentation used in a Biochemistry environment;
  • Practical experience and knowledge of techniques used in molecular biology (DNA isolation, cloning, PCR, DNA sequencing); ELISA; recombinant protein production, isolation and analysis;
  • Valid driver's licence older than 12 months;
  • The availability and willingness to spend limited time away from home for the collection of plant and animal samples;
  • Full computer literacy in basic packages such as MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Good general and scientific language skills (written, reading and verbal) in at least English.


  • Veterinary or paraveterinary qualification and/or proven experience for performing procedures on animals, or willingness to undergo such training;
  • Good general and scientific language skills (written, reading and verbal) in Afrikaans;
  • Proven experience of the University's computer systems;
  • Proven experience in financial management;
  • Undergraduate studies in Anatomy, Physiology or Animal Physiology;
  • Previous involvement in animal experiments;
  • Basic knowledge of animal welfare, as applicable to the use of animals in research;
  • Basic knowledge of microbiological techniques, bacterial culturing and tissue culture;
  • Basic knowledge of the bioinformatic analyses of DNA and protein sequences;
  • Good technical aptitude;
  • Good human relations;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Keen interest in Biochemistry as discipline.


Enquiries regarding job content: Prof Erick Strauss on 021 808 5866

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Service Centre on 021 808 2753

Closing date: 31 October 2016

Commencement of duties: 1 January 2017

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and contact details of at least two referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.