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Rhodes University

Research Assistant - Centre for Biological Control

Deadline: 14 June 2022

 Research Assistant in the Centre for Biological Control (CBC) at Rhodes University (approx. 9-month contract)

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.

Relevant Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in either Biochemistry or Microbiology with at least one-year experience, where such experience includes;
- Previous experience working in a scientific laboratory (candidates with lab experience as part of post- school qualification may also be considered)
- Previous experience working in an insect quarantine facility will be an advantage

For  additional  information  on  the  requirements  on  the different  levels,  please  refer  to the  Academic  Role Profiles.

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 to This 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:
●   Application Form  (right click and select open link in new tab)
●   Academic Role Profile  (right click and select open link in new tab)
●   Further particulars about the post and the Selection Process (right click and select open link in new tab)

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: R24,210.64 per month

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: 14 June 2022

If you are not contacted within 30 days from the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
For more information please contact:
Mericha Maccario
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