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Rhodes University

Researcher - Centre for Biological Control

Deadline: 8 March 2022

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University strongly encourages South African members of underrepresented designated groups as well as persons with disabilities 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 55 of 1998, as amended 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) as amended, 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.

PhD in Microbiology with demonstrated expertise including: -
  • Sound knowledge of baculoviruses and their role as biopesticides;
  • Knowledge of agricultural biological control;
  • Must have advanced skills in laboratory techniques including bacterial and insect cell culture using biosafety facilities, and their genetic manipulation;
  • Must have advanced skills in statistical analysis;
  • Must have advanced skills in molecular biology including PCR, qPCR, RFLP, protein expression, gene cloning, virus purification, DNA extraction, and associated analysis techniques;
  • Ability to develop novel techniques for use in the laboratory and field;
  • Must have advanced computer skills, including competence with Microsoft Office programmes, online teaching tools, online bioinformatic tools and databases, specialised bioinformatic and analysis software such as SnapGene, Geneious, and MEGA, and statistical analysis software;
  • Must have a valid driver’s licence;
Please refer to the Academic Role Profile for additional requirements.

Application process: 
The following documents are required:
  • An application form; 
  • A comprehensive CV and relevant qualifications, including academic transcripts;
  • A substantial motivation which tells us:
    • Your research trajectory.
    • Your teaching approach and experience.
    • The level you are applying for, your interest in the post and suitability in light of the requirements. 
It is essential that prospective candidates read the academic role profile, further particulars relating to this post and ensure that all relevant documentation is submitted. 
If you have any questions or experiencing challenges on the system, please contact Mericha Maccario on 046 603 8001 or submit your application toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Failure to submit such documentation will result in an application not being considered. Please examine the following documents:
The selection process that will be followed for this post including the process of short-listing, the interview etc., is contained in the document above. The Full Minimum Requirements against which candidates are to be measured are outlined in the requirements document. 
Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the interview date.


Basic salary (per annum) :  R469,944.96
Cost to Company              : R602,060.80
All applications will be treated in strict confidence. The University reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post. An application in itself does not entitle the applicant to an interview.  Please apply online by accessing the Rhodes University Website.
Candidates should note that Rhodes University has introduced a Covid-19 vaccine mandate and that staff members are required to conform to the University's conditions in this regard.
Closing Date: 08 March 2022

If you are not contacted within 30 days from the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
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