Researcher/Lecturer for Centre for Microscopy

South Africa
Mar 06, 2018
Mar 16, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Faculty Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Centre for Microscopy 


Job ID: 2239 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage research clients of the Centre.
  • Monitor all routine chemical and sample preparations (including some biological), digital image processing.
  • Monitor laboratory safety, basic maintenance, cleanliness and handle preparation equipment.
  • Monitor, handle and basic maintenance of microscopes (light and electron microscopy).
  • Full involvement in applicable nano-structural research.
  • Mainly responsible for the operation of the SEM/CL high-resolution microscope. 
  • Inherent requirements:

  • MSc degree preferably in Physics
  • Proven experience in the delivery of poster or oral presentations at conferences or equivalent activities.
  • Provide evidence of manuscripts produced that have the potential to be converted or submitted for publication in accredited journals.
  • A good academic record must be provided. 
  • Required competencies:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to function well in the university’s richly diverse working environment.
  • Proof of present or past active involvement in analytical electron microscopic research; SEM; FEGSEM and TEM.
  • Inclined to precision, minute detail, mechanical aptitude and full willingness to act in service of clients.
  • A researcher with applied or intended proposal-ready electron and other microscopic projects intended for a future NRF rating in Physics.
  • Involvement with an applicable department for possible lecturing and postgraduate student projects.
  • IT responsibilities.
  • Business Acumen.
  • Results Orientated.
  • Strategic Thinking.
  • Leading.
  • Building Coalitions. 
  • Recommendations

  • Willing to enroll for a doctoral degree in physics or similar sciences at the first available opportunity, if not yet attained by the time of the appointment.
  • Proven research record of relevant publications in national accredited journals.
  • Mechanical interest/aptitude.
  • Focus on client service delivery.
  • Research coordination.
  • Analysis of technical problems. 
  • Assumption of duties:
    As soon as possible 

    Closing date:

    16 March 2018 

    The salary scale is available on request. For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 3592/2808/9962. 

    Fringe benefits:

    (Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits 

    The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department / division. 

    Applications that are incomplete or sent by fax or e-mail, will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful. 

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