Museum Assistant - Department of Anatomy

South Africa
Jul 10, 2018
Sep 24, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time


In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

The University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.



The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in the maintenance of the FARC laboratory and the management of the forensic database
  • Assisting in the maceration of cadaver and forensic case material
  • Providing community service including analysing forensic cases, writing up reports for SAPS/Forensic Pathologists and assisting in the organisation of archaeological excavations
  • Assisting in training opportunities for postgraduate students and the SAPS
  • Providing support for undergraduate and postgraduate modules
  • Assisting in the maintenance and growth of the skeletal collections/repositories (research collection, student collection, archaeological collection, forensic collection, and digital repositories).


Minimum Requirements:

  • BSc Medical Sciences degree (SAQA NQF level 7) with modules in Human Osteology, Palaeoanthropology and Forensic Anthropology at undergraduate level
  • At least two years’ experience in handling human tissue and skeletal remains in a laboratory
  • Previous experience in macerating and processing cadaveric and forensic human material


Required Competencies (Skills, Knowledge and Behavioural Attributes):

  • Demonstrate excellent knowledge of human osteology
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Reliable team member who is able to work accurately and under pressure
  • Excellent communication and language skills (verbal and written)
  • Must be willing to work in a laboratory environment and be cognizant of the ethical handling of human remains in teaching and research
  • Able to communicate with the SAPS, investigating officers, and the public
  • Knowledgeable in basic archaeological methodology
  • Computer literate (particularly in database software, e.g. MS Excel)
  • Ability to engage with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training in forensic anthropology


Added Advantages and Preferences:

  • BSc Honours in Anatomy (Physical Anthropology) or related biological/scientific field (SAQA NQF level 8)
  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the FARC laboratory
  • Knowledge of forensic case analysis and report writing
  • Ability to engage with undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as the SAPS for training in human osteology and forensic methodology
  • At least three years’ experience in an anatomy environment concerning technical and training activities


Please Note: All shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in relevant skills assessments as part of the selection process. The total remuneration package for this position is approximately R 251 012 as determined by UP policy guidelines. (These amounts include the University’s contributions to standard UP benefits, namely provident fund, group life and funeral cover, but exclude contributions to medical aid, as the latter varies per employee.) UP subscribes to the BESTMED and UMVUZO medical aid schemes and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the link below, and follow the link: Careers@UP. In applying for this post, please attach:, A comprehensive CV; Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact.


CLOSING DATE: 23 July 2018, No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES: Prof E L’Abbè, Tel: (012) 319 2233.


Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 30 September 2018, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful. The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity. In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups. All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials. The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

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