Friday, 06 October 2017 10:14

Bergey’s Manual Trust will sponsor five travel awards for postgraduate students or other young investigators to attend BISMiS 2018 in South Africa. Three of these awards will be for any of the young participants with the other two targeting participants from Africa specifically. These awards will cover the conference registration and 3 nights of accommodation but will not cover any travelling costs to and from the meeting. An ad-hoc selection committee will evaluate the applications.

Saturday, 26 August 2017 13:04

Click on the images below for further details on the two back-to-back conferences:

SASM2018 BISMis 2018

Thursday, 03 August 2017 19:03

Employment opportunity: Roche Sequencing Solutions, Cape Town (Previously KAPA BIOSYSTEMS)
R&D Senior Scientist - Protein Engineering - R&D Department
Closing date: 20 August 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:31

We require the SASM community's assistance to decide on a new SASM logo. Follow THIS LINK to vote for your favourite from a list of 13 new logo designs. You can only vote for one, so please choose judiciously. Voting closes next Tuesday 4 July @ 17h00.

Kindly note: These images are under copyright. It is unlawful to copy, crop, alter, remove watermark, reproduce, print, take a screenshot, cell phone pic, or right click to save any images.

Friday, 07 April 2017 08:19
IMBMPost-graduate position available at IMBM from 1 May 2017.

The Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM) is a leading research unit based within the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The Institute is a global competitor in microbial biotechnology and metagenomics, and is committed to excellence in research and in the training of future research leaders. Its research encompasses a number of disciplines including microbiology, (meta)genomics, molecular biology, enzymology and bioinformatics, and employs culture-based approaches as well as cutting edge ”omics” strategies to study microbiomes, and identify novel biosynthetic gene clusters and metabolites. The Institute focuses on the research and development of novel, high-value natural products for the pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical, food & beverage and agricultural industries, as well as products for industrial processes.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:34

Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics
University of the Western Cape
South Africa

The Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM) is a leading research unit based within the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The Institute is a global competitor in microbial biotechnology and metagenomics, and is committed to excellence in research and in the training of future research leaders. Its research encompasses a number of disciplines including microbiology,(meta)genomics, molecular biology, enzymology and bioinformatics, and employs culture-based approaches as well as cutting edge ”omics” strategies.

Friday, 09 December 2016 07:51

IMBM

Post-graduate position available at IMBM
University of the Western Cape
MSc position for Industry-Linked Project
From 1 January 2017

The Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM) is a leading research unit based within the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The Institute is a global competitor in microbial biotechnology and metagenomics, and is committed to excellence in research and in the training of future research leaders. Its research encompasses a number of disciplines including microbiology, (meta)genomics, molecular biology, enzymology and bioinformatics, and employs culture-based approaches as well as cutting edge ”omics” strategies to study microbiomes, and identify novel biosynthetic gene clusters and metabolites. The Institute focuses on the research and development of novel, high-value natural products for the pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical, food & beverage and agricultural industries, as well as products for industrial processes.

Friday, 09 December 2016 07:29

RocheEmployment opportunity
Roche Sequencing Solutions, Cape Town (Previously KAPA BIOSYSTEMS)

Monday, 14 November 2016 08:37

Metagenomics Symposium
23 November 2016
DST Auditorium, CSIR Main Campus

Draft programme

Time Presentation Resource
8:30-9:00 - Registration and coffee/tea
9:00-9:05 - Welcome Dr John Becker, ACGT
9:05-9:15 - Metagenomics and the Bioeconomy Dr Konanani Rashamuse,
BioInnovations,
Department of Science and Technology
9:15-10:10 - Keynote: New enzymes from
extremophilic biodiversity hotspots
Prof Peter Golyshin,
Bangor University, Wales, UK
10:10-10:40 - CSIR Metagenomics activities Dr Tsepo Tsekoa,
CSIR Biosciences
10:40-11:00 - Tea
11:00-11:30 - Metagenomics of extreme
environments
Dr Jean-Baptiste Ramond,
Centre for Microbial Ecology and
Genomics, UP
11:30-12:00 - Next-generation metagenomics:
unlocking the full potential
Prof Marla Trindade,
Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and
Metagenomics, University of the Western Cape
12:00-12:30 - Metagenomics of mixed culture
bioprocesses
Dr Robert Huddy,
CeBER, University of Cape Town
12:30-13:30 - Design of barcode sequences for
identification of species of interest in
metagenomic samples
Prof Oleg Reva,
Centre for Bioinformatics and
Computational Biology, UP
13:30-14:00 - NGS in meta-agriculture Dr Tomasz Sanko,
North-West University,
School of Biological Sciences,
14:00-14:40 - Lunch
14:40-15:30 - Facilitated discussion:
Collaborative opportunities and
potential funding sources


To RSVP to attend, please indicate your interest by registering here
Kindly register at your earliest convenience, but no later than 20 November 2016

 



Monday, 31 October 2016 11:27

WITSUNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
SCHOOL OF MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY
LECTURER IN MICROBIOLOGY

The School of Molecular and Cell Biology seeks a committed academic to make a dynamic contribution to the discipline of Microbiology & Biotechnology through an active engagement with both academic and administrative tasks within the School.

Qualifications: The minimum qualification is a PhD and academic teaching. Postdoctoral experience and publications in the relevant field would be an added advantage. Final selection will be made on the basis of scholarship and potential to contribute to the work and reputation of the School.

Expertise: A focused research interest in the fields of molecular microbiology, bacteriology, virology or applied microbiology/biotechnology is desirable.

Duties: Teaching all aspects of the discipline at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, maintain an active research profile and participate in the administration of the School, Faculty and University.

Applications: Submit a cover letter accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, indicating research and teaching experience, NRF rating (if available), a brief statement of proposed research to be undertaken, a teaching portfolio, certified copies of all educational qualifications and identity document, and the names and email addresses of 3 referees.

To apply: External applicants are invited to apply by registering their profile on the Wits i-Recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting applications. Internal applicants are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service Applications/”Apply for a job”.

Enquiries: For further information contact the Head of School, Prof R Veale (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Correspondence will be entered into with short-listed candidates only.  Short-listed applicants must be available for a personal or telephonic interview.

Closing date:  18 November 2016

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The University is committed to employment equity.  Preference will be given to appointable applicants from underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plan and policies of the university”
Committed to excellence and equity

Monday, 24 October 2016 07:20

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Department Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology, University of the Free State
Technical Assistant: 40 hours per week (1 year contract)
Job ID: 1753

Monday, 03 October 2016 11:14

Researcher for Industry-Linked Project
One-year contract, from 1 January 2017
INSTITUTE FOR MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE

Monday, 05 September 2016 05:18

Rhodes University

Purpose:

The Manager: Technology Transfer assists the Director: Research Office by building awareness of the importance of technology transfer amongst the different faculties, as well as identifying potential staff and student innovations suitable for commercialisation, then evaluating, researching market novelty, potential and viability, and developing commercialisation plans and identifying commercialisation partners.

Sunday, 07 August 2016 17:45

Part 1: Pathway engineering
Geobacillus thermoglucosidasiusIt is now accepted that fossil fuel reserves, the main source for liquid petroleum, will eventually be depleted. It is also established that the use of fossil fuels has a negative impact on the environment, contributing to global warming, through re-introduction of trapped carbon, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. Thus an alternative source for liquid fuels needs to be found and one of the proposed alternatives is biofuels. Biofuels refers to technologies that employ living organisms, mostly yeast, algae or bacteria, to convert biomass to liquid fuels. Apart from the environmental benefits which come with biofuels, they may also contribute to the enhancement of energy security in countries which don’t have access to fossil fuel deposits, and offer a more profitable use of crops
other than as a food source.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 09:02

SACABThe South African Conference on Applied Biotechnology (SACAB 2016) conference organised by The Department of Biotechnology, Vaal University of Technology is scheduled to take place 28 – 30 November 2016.

Monday, 04 July 2016 09:33

Rhodes UniversityThe successful candidate is required to have a PhD in Biochemistry, and will be required to teach biochemistry fundamentals, molecular biology and cell biology at an undergraduate level. The candidate will also be required to supervise students from honours to PhD. Experience and a career stage-appropriate track record in a biomedical research area is desirable.

See HERE for further details.

Sunday, 12 June 2016 17:35

Rhodes UniversityThe successful candidate is required to have a PhD in Biochemistry, and will be required to teach biochemistry fundamentals, molecular biology and cell biology at an undergraduate level. The candidate will also be required to supervise students from honours to PhD. Experience and a career stage-appropriate track record in a biomedical research area is desirable.

See HERE for further details.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 06:15

Stellenbosch UniversityPostdoctoral Research Fellowship (18‐month appointment)

Project Title: Engineering yeast strains for biofuel production

Friday, 27 May 2016 06:39

RURHODES UNIVERSITY, GRAHAMSTOWN
FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor: Biotechnology (5 Year Contract)

Friday, 27 May 2016 06:15

CSIRCAREER OPPORTUNITY
The CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation, implementing projects throughout Africa and making a difference in people’s lives.

Postdoctoral Researcher: Biomanufacturing of Protein and Enzyme Reagents

Friday, 27 May 2016 06:08

WITSPostdoctoral Research Fellow (2016) at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

A postdoctoral research fellowship is available related to an exciting research project related to Plant Biotechnology/ Plant Molecular Biology. I require a postdoctoral fellow who has general experience in microbiology; functional genomics; plant pathology; bioinformatics and plant molecular biology (specifically having worked with plant viruses would be a bonus but not entirely necessary) for two years, with renewal after one year based on performance and progress. The position is open from 1st July 2016.

Monday, 02 May 2016 14:47

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor: Biotechnology (5 Year Contract)

RHODES UNIVERSITY BIOTECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTRE
The Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre invites applications for an academic position at the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to provide support for the SARChi Chair: Biotechnology Innovation & Engagement. Furthermore the incumbent should be able to demonstrate engagement with technology transfer and innovation as it relates to translating research in Biotechnology. This may be in the form of funded research aimed at product development, prototypes or patents developed, policy or training in technology entrepreneurship.

Monday, 02 May 2016 14:28

Functional Metagenomics 2016Functional Metagenomics 2016 conference taking place in Inderøy (Jægtvolden fjordhotell), Norway, on September 25-28, 2016 is the 2nd open conference of 'Functional Metagenomics International'.

Saturday, 23 April 2016 12:05

FACULTY OF NATURAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY AND PLANT PATHOLOGY

LECTURER

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.

Saturday, 02 April 2016 20:36

WorkshopThe National Gene Expression and Biotechnology Training Workshop has been a highly successful annual training course for postgraduate students seeking supplementary grounding in the principles and application of molecular and cell biology techniques. About 100 students from 11 different universities have participated so far. There is no application fee, and lodging and board are free of charge. Thirty applicants will be selected for the 2016 session. Applications should be submitted online HERE.

Friday, 12 February 2016 20:08

The UK Society for General Microbiology has established a new online journal, Microbial Genomics (MGen), a fully open access, online-only, and mandatory open data journal.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 18:47

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Prof Teresa Coutinho
Dept of Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)
University of Pretoria

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 23:00

Stellenbosch UniversityReseach details:

Plant biomass-derived bioethanol is regarded as a leading alternative energy source in a fossil fuel dependent energy paradigm. Bioethanol functions as octane enhancer, and can be used to replace up to 15% of petrol. It also acts as a fuel oxygenate in petrol blends allowing more complete combustion and hence, decreased polluting emissions. The departments of Microbiology and Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University, through the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Biofuels, are at the forefront of South African research to address the shortcomings of plant polysaccharide conversion to bioethanol. Strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were engineered to simultaneously hydrolyse plant materials (cellulose and raw starch) and ferment the resulting monosaccharides through the development of enabling technologies such as advanced plant polysaccharides pretreatment and advanced Consolidated Bioprocessing (CBP). Simplification and cost-reduction of the hydrolysis-fermentation process can be further achieved by integrating superior enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation with more robust yeast into a single unit operation. To achieve this, supportive bioinformatics research dedicated to solving current problems in bioethanol biotechnology, specifically improved industrial performance of yeast strains and improved catalytic efficiency of enzyme hydrolysis, remain key.

Monday, 01 February 2016 15:44

SANBIIMBMSouth African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI)and Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM)
University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, SA

Monday, 01 February 2016 15:29

SASM Council is pleased to announce the names of awardees for Best Student Presentations at SASM2016.

Saturday, 23 January 2016 14:37

Below is a list of microbiology conferences for 2016 to take note off. If you are aware of any other microbiology-related conferences, let us know!

Friday, 15 January 2016 11:49

The SASM Council would like to congratulate the following students on being recipients of the SASM2016 TRAVEL AWARD:

Friday, 15 January 2016 09:50

UCTPOSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP on TB Transmission
Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit
Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine and Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town

Thursday, 14 January 2016 12:58

1. Opening and Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Minutes of the previous meeting

4. Approval of minutes of previous AGM

5. Matters arising

6. SASM 2013
a. Conference Report - Karl Rumbold

7. SASM Status Report
a
. Finances – Koos Albertyn
b. Membership and membership fees – Karl Rumbold
c. Communications – Heinrich Volschenk

8. Election of new Council

9. Hosting of next SASM Congress

10. General