Manager: Vibrational Spectroscopy Unit (Part-time)

South Africa
Aug 07, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time
Stellenbosch University

Central Analytical Facilities

Manager: Vibrational Spectroscopy Unit (Part-time)

(Ref. SAF/227/0717)

The aim of the Central Analytical Facility (CAF) is to ensure optimal utilisation of expensive multi-user research equipment in the service of the research community of Stellenbosch University, and the South African research and development sector in general. The Vibrational Spectroscopy Unit is a new unit that is being created to house state-of-the-art equipment and provide the necessary expertise to enable researchers to excel in their research. In addition, the Unit will provide a service to external university and industry clients to enable it to be cost effective.

Candidates selected for an interview will be expected to complete practical tests.



The manager will initially be the sole staff member of the Unit and will be responsible for all aspects of the Unit's functioning, including:

  • Marketing the facility;
  • Operating the equipment;
  • Maintenance of the equipment;
  • Training researchers to perform their own analyses in the laboratory;
  • Training researchers to perform their own multivariate data analyses;
  • Developing methods for analysis of different types of samples;
  • Receiving and logging samples for analysis;
  • Analysing samples and preparing reports;
  • General administration of the Unit, including reporting to CAF Administration;
  • Corresponding with clients, answering telephones and emails, and writing reports;
  • Ordering chemicals and consumables;
  • Managing waste.


Job Requirements:

  • MSc or PhD qualification in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science, or an appropriate applied science;
  • A strong analytical focus in the postgraduate study with experience of having developed or refined analytical methods;
  • Research experience as evidence by publications in accredited journals that were a direct result of the applicant's MSc or PhD work;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Good basic laboratory skills;
  • Good computer skills in data handling in Excel, and the ability to perform multivariate data analysis.



  • Laboratory management experience;
  • Vibrational spectroscopy experience;
  • Hyperspectral image analysis experience;
  • Ability to perform multivariate data and image analysis using appropriate software e.g. The Unscrambler, Envi, Matlab, or R.


Enquiries regarding job content: G Stevens on 021 808 3127, or on

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

Commencement date: 1 October 2017

Closing date: 15 August 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.

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.

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