Technical Officer

South Africa
Mar 07, 2018
Mar 16, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job Title: -Faculty of  AgriSciencesDepartment of Viticulture and OenologyTechnical Officer(Twelve-month fixed-term contract) (Ref. AW11/082/0218)


  • Technical support to research, which include:Responsible for general Chemical Analytical Lab (CA Lab) analysis, including setting up the instrument, as well as basic data            interpretation and quantification;
  • Preparing samples;
  • Supporting and training students and staff in various aspects of the work done in the Analytical Lab;
  • Ensuring regular communication at operational and logistical level with the environment, including instrumental timelines, ordering,             basic results reporting;
  • Providing support for method development (under the guidance of the CA Lab manager or other competent staff), method optimisation,             and troubleshooting aspects of the work done;
  • Coordinating various laboratory logistical and administrative aspects including:  o    Optimisation of instrument timelines and resources;
  • Receiving and logging samples and ordering chemicals and consumables;
  • Instrument timelines;
  • Scheduling instrument service, calibrations, QC tests.Performing general tasks to support the lab manager in the functions of the laboratory.Departmental administration, which include:Administrative duties related to infrastructure/facilities: maintenance fault logging and follow-ups;
  • Health and Safety Representative


Job Requirements

  • MSc in Chemistry and /or Biochemistry, or relevant related field;
  • Subject knowledge of analytical chemistry;
  • Understanding of the fundamental and applied aspects of the work;
  • Knowledge of setting up analytical instruments, laboratory techniques and safety procedures;
  • Experience with GCMS and/or GCFID and/or HPLC and/or IR analysis and/or enzymatic robot;
  • High interest in running high-level routine work, troubleshooting, method optimisation, etc.;
  • Practical experience in analysis, including sample preparation and high throughput analyses;
  • Excellent planning, organisational and time-management skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a team;
  • Good problem-solving and decision-making skills, and the ability to re-adjust planning to suit changing situations;
  • Excellent communication skills in Afrikaans and English, with an emphasis on the ability to communicate scientifically, using appropriate methodologies;
  • Ability to communicate and interact professionally with professionals in academia;
  • Good computer skills of at least the MS Office package.



  • Human resource skills in terms of training staff and students;
  • General knowledge of Stellenbosch University, the Faculty of AgriSciences and departmental policies, guidelines and procedures related to the functions of this job would be an advantage;
  • General knowledge of the South African wine industry.


How To Apply

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 e-mail address of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Apply online by using the "Apply Now" link. 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.

Enquiries regarding job content: Dr Astrid Buica on 021 808 9201,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