Assistant Technical Officer

Western Cape, Full Time Deadline: Not specified

Providing technical support for undergraduate practicals:

Planning and preparing undergraduate practicals;
Maintaining and preparing fungal and bacterial cultures for practicals;
Providing technical support during practicals;
Planning and setting up practical tests and examinations;
Assisting with marking practical tests and exams.

Providing technical support for research:

Providing technical support to personnel and postgraduate students;
Training postgraduates on the use of specific laboratory equipment.
Maintenance of the Department’s culture collection:
Preparing and appropriately storing cultures for inclusion in the collection;
Managing the database of the Department’s culture collection.

Administrative responsibilities:

Performing all administration pertaining to orders for materials/equipment required for undergraduate practicals and research projects;
Managing the Department’s chemical store;
Servicing and maintaining all laboratory equipment.

Job Requirements/Pos Vereistes

BScAgric (with a major in Plant Pathology), OR a BSc (Hons) degree in Plant Pathology;
Knowledge and experience of procedures and techniques used in a Plant Pathology laboratory;
Experience in the isolation, pure culturing, and storage of fungi and/or bacteria;
Demonstrated computer literacy in MS Office, such as Excel and Word;
Good communication and organisational skills.


Experience in managing and demonstrating undergraduate practicals;
Experience in molecular techniques used in Plant Pathology laboratories.