• Post Doctoral Research Fellowship

    IMBM lab

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

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  • SARChI PhD Position

    IMBM 150                UWC 150           Univ Cape Town 150          Structural Biology Research Unit 150


    Structural elucidation of a novel OlsB protein


    Ornithine acyl-ACP N-acyltransferase (OlsB) is the protein that is required for the first step of ornithine lipid (OL) biosynthesis.  In this step ornithine is N-acylated with a 3-hydroxy-fatty acyl residue in order to obtain lyso-ornithine lipid (LOL).  Both OL and LOL are biosurfactants, and recently the IMBM patented the use of a novel OlsB to heterologously produce these in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas putida. These biosurfactants have valuable application in a number of products suitable for waste water treatment, agriculture and cosmetics. The aim of the PhD study is to elucidate the structure of this particular OlsB protein and examine the possibility of manipulating the properties of the protein for various commercial applications.


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  • Scholarship


    DAAD Rhodes


    Call for Applications for DAAD ‘in Country’ PhD Scholarships to study Biochemistry/Microbiology at Rhodes University

    DAAD is offering three-year PhD scholarships for full-time study towards the PhD degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rhodes University starting February 2019. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). A maximum of 5 scholarships are available for admission in 2019. The scholarships cover costs associated with the degree and include a monthly stipend of 500 Euro.


    • Citizens of a sub-Saharan country (excluding South Africa);
    • MSc degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology or a related science completed not more than 6 years ago;
    • Good working knowledge of English;
    • Strong motivation and commitment.



    Please submit the following documentation as a single PDF file

    1. Letter of motivation (explaining your interest in Biochemistry/Microbiology and why you wish to do a PhD. Maximum 1 page);
    2. CV using the template found here: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose
    3. Certified copy of academic transcript/degree certificates;
    4. Reference letters from 2 academic references;
    5. Passport/ID as proof of citizenship.

    Please email the above documents as a single PDF file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 17:00 on Tuesday 31st July. Please name the file ‘DAAD-Your name’.


    Female applicants and applicants from less privileged backgrounds are encouraged to participate in the programme

    Queries may be addressed to Prof Adrienne Edkins on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email with further instructions. If you do not hear from us by 31 August 2018, you should assume that your application was not successful.

    To combine PDF documents – see this website https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf

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Welcome to SASM

Welcome to the website of the South African Society for Microbiology (SASM)

SASM is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences in South Africa. Its members comprise microbiologists employed in universities, institutes, industry and government as well as student and corporate members. SASM has grown remarkably during the last four years and currently has over 600 members. Eligibility to become a full member of the Society is open to any person who holds at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent in microbiology or related field. Students majoring in microbiology are encouraged to sign up as student members.

Objectives of the society

  • to promote the professional interests of microbiologists, to improve the standing of the profession and to uphold the dignity of an honourable profession;
  • to act as official and representative mouthpiece of members of the profession;
  • to create a channel by means of which the authorities may gauge the opinion of the profession regarding matters directly or indirectly affecting the profession;
  • to promote high academic standards in the training of microbiologists and to proffer advice in this regard;
  • to advise on the professional assessment of microbiologists;
  • to receive and administer membership fees, other funds and donations for the furtherance of the general or specific objects of the Society;
  • to lay down such rules as are deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the Society and the achievement of its various objects;
  • to make awards;
  • to further knowledge in the various microbiological disciplines and all areas in which it may be applied and to create channels of communication between members who share common interests;
  • to promote affiliation with related scientific societies in South Africa and similar scientific societies beyond our borders;
  • to collect and disseminate information on microbiology.