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Technical Officer Position

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IMBM LOGO FAThe Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM) is a leading research unit based within the Department of Biotechnology. IMBM is committed to being a globally competitive institute through excellence in research and in the training of future research leaders. The Institute focuses on the research and development of novel, high-value natural products for the pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical, food and beverage and agricultural industries, as well as products for industrial processes.


Key Performance Areas *

We seek to appoint a highly motivated, flexible and innovative Technical Officer to fulfill a crucial support role to the Director and the academic staff in IMBM. The key responsibilities will include:

  • Administration of all IMBM based research projects
  • Financial administration of research and Institute funds, including annual and monthly income and expense reporting
  • Inventory control; ordering and procurement of electronic and laboratory equipment and consumables/reagents
  • Administration of Institute travel arrangements, including organization of field trips, conferences and international visitors to the Institute
  • Maintain the information management system for the Institute
  • Implementation of health and safety laboratory practices, including toxic waste management
  • Assistance with the training of technical staff

Minimum Requirements *

  • A BSc degreee in a Life Sciences discipline
  • Experience of working in administrative and financial support
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a good command of the English language
  • Proficiency in all aspects of MS Office software
  • Good numerical skills and the confidence to undertake financial duties
  • Ordering and procurement of scientific equipment and reagents

Experience in the following will be an advantage:

  • Post graduate qualification in a Life Sciences discipline

In your application, you are encouraged to highlight your strengths and also include anything else that you feel may be pertinent to the selection panel. Please attach your covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and highest qualification to your online profile.To be considered for this vacancy, you must click on the Apply for this Job link below or apply directly via UWC Careers at For any queries, please contact the Human Resources Department at +27 21 959 4063/9763/9708/3551/3756.

EQUITY DISCLAIMER: In line with the University's commitment to diversifying its workforce, preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants in line with Employment Targets of the University. The University reserves the right to not make an appointment, make an appointment at a different level, seek additional candidates and may conduct competency assessments.

For further information (but not applications) about this position, please contact Prof. Marla Trindade on + 27 21 959 9725 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Closing date for applications: 22 November 2017

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