A one-year contract research position is available at the Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM), University of the Western Cape. The successful applicant will be responsible for the technical deliverables of an industry-linked project which involves the purification and physico-chemical characterisation of a microbial-derived high-value compound.
- MTech/MSc in microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry or any other relevant qualification.
- Additional requirements:
- Experience and skill in molecular biology techniques;
- Responsibility, reliability, good problem solving, time management, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills, as well as computer literacy are absolute requirements;
- Experience in metabolite extraction, and chemical analysis using chromatography and LC-MS and/or NMR is a major advantage.
Key Performance Areas:
- Perform project activities to deliver reliable, accurate and high-quality results;
- Meet project deliverables according to the project time line and budget;
- Collect and analyse research material/data according to project requirements;
- Capture the outcomes of the project activities according to project and funder’s requirements.
The Institute is a leading research unit based within the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape. IMBM is committed to being a globally competitive institute through excellence in research and in the training of future research leaders. Although the Institute is a research-focussed centre, IMBM also contributes to the departmental undergraduate teaching and activities. The core research objective of the Institute is to develop Microbial Biotechnology, through complementary aspects of Microbial Biology. Research interests within the Institute include Environmental and Industrial Microbiology, Metagenomics, Applied Genomics, and Marine Biotechnology. IMBM is accommodated in the new Life Sciences Building, providing state of the art research facilities and equipment. These include the Next Generation Sequencing Facility and other “omics” related technologies.