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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.

The two-year project is part of a larger project entitled “Improved management of olive trunk diseases”. The project is an initiative of SA Olive and ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, with participants from the Stellenbosch University Department of Plant Pathology, and IMBM. Microbial extracts with demonstrated antifungal properties will be obtained from the IMBM and screened in vitro against a selection of virulent trunk pathogens for their ability to inhibit mycelial growth and ascospore/conidia germination. The ultimate goal is the identification of lead compounds for the development of pruning wound protectants against these pathogens.

Minimum requirements:
BSc Hons, or an equivalent qualification, with a minimum average score of 60% and a major in either Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Genetics.

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.



To apply or for enquiries, contact Dr Anita Burger, Research and Innovation Manager, IMBM by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephonically (021 959 2083). Applications should be submitted electronically and include a letter of motivation, a CV, a certified copy of the highest degree, and the contact details of three references. The due date for applications is 13 January 2017.


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