Friday, 09 December 2016 07:51

Post-graduate position available at IMBM

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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.

RocheEmployment opportunity
Roche Sequencing Solutions, Cape Town (Previously KAPA BIOSYSTEMS)

Monday, 14 November 2016 08:37

Metagenomics Symposium

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Metagenomics Symposium
23 November 2016
DST Auditorium, CSIR Main Campus

Draft programme

Time Presentation Resource
8:30-9:00 - Registration and coffee/tea
9:00-9:05 - Welcome Dr John Becker, ACGT
9:05-9:15 - Metagenomics and the Bioeconomy Dr Konanani Rashamuse,
Department of Science and Technology
9:15-10:10 - Keynote: New enzymes from
extremophilic biodiversity hotspots
Prof Peter Golyshin,
Bangor University, Wales, UK
10:10-10:40 - CSIR Metagenomics activities Dr Tsepo Tsekoa,
CSIR Biosciences
10:40-11:00 - Tea
11:00-11:30 - Metagenomics of extreme
Dr Jean-Baptiste Ramond,
Centre for Microbial Ecology and
Genomics, UP
11:30-12:00 - Next-generation metagenomics:
unlocking the full potential
Prof Marla Trindade,
Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and
Metagenomics, University of the Western Cape
12:00-12:30 - Metagenomics of mixed culture
Dr Robert Huddy,
CeBER, University of Cape Town
12:30-13:30 - Design of barcode sequences for
identification of species of interest in
metagenomic samples
Prof Oleg Reva,
Centre for Bioinformatics and
Computational Biology, UP
13:30-14:00 - NGS in meta-agriculture Dr Tomasz Sanko,
North-West University,
School of Biological Sciences,
14:00-14:40 - Lunch
14:40-15:30 - Facilitated discussion:
Collaborative opportunities and
potential funding sources

To RSVP to attend, please indicate your interest by registering here
Kindly register at your earliest convenience, but no later than 20 November 2016


Monday, 31 October 2016 11:27


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The School of Molecular and Cell Biology seeks a committed academic to make a dynamic contribution to the discipline of Microbiology & Biotechnology through an active engagement with both academic and administrative tasks within the School.

Qualifications: The minimum qualification is a PhD and academic teaching. Postdoctoral experience and publications in the relevant field would be an added advantage. Final selection will be made on the basis of scholarship and potential to contribute to the work and reputation of the School.

Expertise: A focused research interest in the fields of molecular microbiology, bacteriology, virology or applied microbiology/biotechnology is desirable.

Duties: Teaching all aspects of the discipline at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, maintain an active research profile and participate in the administration of the School, Faculty and University.

Applications: Submit a cover letter accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, indicating research and teaching experience, NRF rating (if available), a brief statement of proposed research to be undertaken, a teaching portfolio, certified copies of all educational qualifications and identity document, and the names and email addresses of 3 referees.

To apply: External applicants are invited to apply by registering their profile on the Wits i-Recruitment platform located at and submitting applications. Internal applicants are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service Applications/”Apply for a job”.

Enquiries: For further information contact the Head of School, Prof R Veale (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Correspondence will be entered into with short-listed candidates only.  Short-listed applicants must be available for a personal or telephonic interview.

Closing date:  18 November 2016

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The University is committed to employment equity.  Preference will be given to appointable applicants from underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plan and policies of the university”
Committed to excellence and equity

Monday, 24 October 2016 07:20

Two positions available at UFS

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Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Department Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology, University of the Free State
Technical Assistant: 40 hours per week (1 year contract)
Job ID: 1753

Monday, 03 October 2016 11:14

Researcher for Industry-Linked Project @UWC

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Researcher for Industry-Linked Project
One-year contract, from 1 January 2017

Rhodes University


The Manager: Technology Transfer assists the Director: Research Office by building awareness of the importance of technology transfer amongst the different faculties, as well as identifying potential staff and student innovations suitable for commercialisation, then evaluating, researching market novelty, potential and viability, and developing commercialisation plans and identifying commercialisation partners.

Part 1: Pathway engineering
Geobacillus thermoglucosidasiusIt is now accepted that fossil fuel reserves, the main source for liquid petroleum, will eventually be depleted. It is also established that the use of fossil fuels has a negative impact on the environment, contributing to global warming, through re-introduction of trapped carbon, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. Thus an alternative source for liquid fuels needs to be found and one of the proposed alternatives is biofuels. Biofuels refers to technologies that employ living organisms, mostly yeast, algae or bacteria, to convert biomass to liquid fuels. Apart from the environmental benefits which come with biofuels, they may also contribute to the enhancement of energy security in countries which don’t have access to fossil fuel deposits, and offer a more profitable use of crops
other than as a food source.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 09:02


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SACABThe South African Conference on Applied Biotechnology (SACAB 2016) conference organised by The Department of Biotechnology, Vaal University of Technology is scheduled to take place 28 – 30 November 2016.

Rhodes UniversityThe successful candidate is required to have a PhD in Biochemistry, and will be required to teach biochemistry fundamentals, molecular biology and cell biology at an undergraduate level. The candidate will also be required to supervise students from honours to PhD. Experience and a career stage-appropriate track record in a biomedical research area is desirable.

See HERE for further details.

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