Principal Technical Officer in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology

South Africa
Nov 05, 2018
Nov 19, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Principal Technical Officer in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology

Engineering & Technical, Eastern Cape Grahamstown

R 414818 Annually

Principal Technical Officer in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology


Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University especially encourages South African members of underrepresented designated groups to apply. Spouses and Partners of existing staff members are also encouraged to apply.

Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements of the Employment Equity Act of RSA and the University's recruitment and selection policies and equity strategies. The initial focus will be on equity candidates.

In terms of Immigration Legislation (Act No. 13 of 2002 & Regulations), international staff members (non-SA citizens) have to comply with the provisions of the Act. This therefore means that the period of employment to non-SA citizens will be guided by the validity period of the work permit.  In line with legislation governing employment of foreign nationals, employment contracts will be offered on the basis that a development plan would be implemented for the transfer of skills to a South African resident. The onus is on candidates to ensure that they are in possession of a valid work permit before the commencement of employment at the University, failing which the employment with Rhodes University will be terminated.


NB: Preference will be given to candidates from the designated group and Rhodes University reserves the right to re-advertise if no suitably qualified South African Black applicant is recommended for appointment.

Partners and spouses of Rhodes University staff are encouraged to apply.



A Bachelor in Science (Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and/or equivalent PLUS approximately 4 years‘relevant experience where such experience includes: -

  • Previous experience of the analytical procedures and scientific methods used in the fields of Microbiology and/or Biochemistry at the undergraduate level
  • Previous hands-on experience in Molecular Biology techniques
  • Previous research experience in the fields of Microbiology and/or Biochemistry would be an advantage.
  • At least one year of previous working experience in laboratory management is essential
  • Experience working in a computerized environment
  • Previous experience in ordering stock and maintaining laboratory equipment as well as running undergraduate practicals in Microbiology and Biochemistry will be an advantage
  • Previous applicable staff supervision experience


VERY IMPORTANT: The system DOES NOT allow for multiple attachments and please ensure that your attachments do not exceed a size limit of 2MB. This means that candidates should submit all the documentation as one pdf attachment for each application i.e. an application form, a letter of motivation which clearly indicates the level they are applying for, a comprehensive CV and relevant certificates including academic transcripts. If your documents will exceed the size limit, please send the rest of the attachments to:


If you have any questions or experiencing challenges with the system, please contact Ms Mericha Maccario on 046 603 8001 or

Failure to submit such documentation will result in an application not being considered. Please examine the following documents:



Cost to company approximately: R 414,818.00

Basic salary Pension/Provident fund: R 312,057.00


Closing Date: Monday, 19 November 2018 

An employment check will be conducted on successful candidates.

Other Benefits: Housing allowance, 13th cheque, medical aid, group life funeral benefit, Provident/Pension fund

Ref: RU000227/MM

Vacancy Type: Permanent

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