Junior Assistant Analyst - Laboratory Sciences

South Africa
Mar 20, 2019
Mar 20, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Duties and responsibilities:
  • Receive sample(s), assist clients to complete submission forms and inform clients of procedures and policy of the laboratory.
  • Distribute copies of submission forms to the relevant laboratories.
  • Handle samples and perform analyses according to SOPs and test methods.
  • Maintain and manage client samples in compliance with privacy and security regulations.
  • Answer and manage incoming calls (screening and directing calls, if necessary) and respond to and comply with requests for client and sample information.
  • Despatch laboratory work appropriately.
  • Maintain a professional reception area.
  • Assist with the preparing of samples according the SOP's for some chemical and bacteriology analysis as well as some of the administrative duties.
  • Analyse samples according to the SOP's.
  • Capture client data on the prescribed documents.
  • Write notification of AQC (Analytical Quality Control) failure reports (non- conformances).
  • Maintain all equipment for preparing and analysing samples and keep record of all related activities.
  • Provide training to new staff members in the laboratory environment.
  • Perform any other duties deemed necessary by the laboratory manager or any other senior staff members.
  • Prepare media and reagents used for the above analyses.
  • Test, check and record the suitability of reagents (standards, buffers), where necessary.
  • Interpret data and handle the validation of calibration and sample-results.
  • Assess own data to ensure accuracy and validity of reported results.
  • Capture data correctly into relevant spreadsheet.
  • Calibrate equipment where applicable.
  • Prepare and set up water samples for the following microbial and chemical analyses (in accordance with SOPs and H&S) and use the relevant equipment for these analyses in a proper manner:
    • pH, EC, Alkalinity, Turbidity, Sugar (manual test), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Free Chlorine, Suspended Solids (SS), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Colour, Mercury (Hg), Total/Dissolved Organic Carbon (TOG/DOC), Heterotrophic Plate Count (HPC), Total/Faecal Coliforms, E.coli

Inherent requirements:
  • BSc degree
  • One (1) to two (2) years' relevant experience

Required competencies:
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function with ease in the University's richly diverse working environment.
  • Flexible attitude and willingness to work outside normal office hours.
  • Knowledge of operating an ICP.
  • Knowledge of the ISO 17025 standard
  • Results Orientated.

  • Geohydrology and chemistry background.
  • Background in geohydrology and inorganic chemical laboratory work

Assumption of duties:

As soon as possible.

Closing date:

22 March 2019


The salary scale is available on request. For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7705/9161/7267/3687.


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.

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