Laboratory Technicians (2 Posts)

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University - Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria, Gauteng

Full-Time | Healthcare

Closing date yi 17 ka July 2020


  • The incumbent will be expected to participate in research, postgraduate and related laboratory medicine activities in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences within Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.
  • The incumbent will report to the HOD, and must meet the requirements, competencies and be responsible for the key performance areas below.


  • A BSc Degree or B-Tech Degree, or appropriate pharmacy or pharmaceutical qualification
  • Two years (2) relevant experience, including the ability and skills to handle, prepare, set out and oversee practical experiments
  • Sound knowledge and experience of laboratory techniques, and the use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, including but not limited to:
    • Chromatography-TLC, HPLC, GC
    • Spectrometry and calorimetry
    • Dissolution apparatus, friability Tester, Hardness tester, Homogeniser, etc.
    • Biotechnology assays such as PCR, ELISA, RIA, Immunoassays, fermentation
  • Experience or background of pharmaceutical laboratory would be an added advantage

Skills & Competencies

  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good computer literacy skills
  • Good planning and organising skills


  • Facilitate or assume responsibility for the maintenance of equipment and ensure that equipment is operational at all times
  • Maintenance of service histories and contract for all equipment /instruments
  • Ensure security checks of laboratory, to ensure equipment is secured/protected
  • Manage the laboratory stockroom(s), and inventories suppliers
  • Conduct preparatory work for practicals including preparation of media and reagents, and collection of specimens
  • Supervise laboratory assistants during setting up for practical’s
  • Be available in the relevant practical sessions and instruct students as directed by the relevant lecturer
  • Compile or assist in the compilation of laboratory manuals
  • Ensure that health and safety rules and procedures are followed at all times
  • Assist with the display of health and safety policy and procedures and ensure that they are visible to laboratory users.
  • Work with the University safety officer to ensure access to inventory information for emergency responders
  • Participate in safety inspections, fire drills and any other safety interventions
  • Conduct lab orientation and lab safety training with new students, and staff members
  • Report all forms of hazards in the laboratory
  • Assist academics with undergraduate and postgraduate research projects
  • Keep abreast of developments within own field of study and their implications for the teaching /learning situation
  • Actively improve institutional culture
  • Contribute to the overall development of SMU
  • Any other duty as assigned by the HOD and / or Dean

Additional Information

  • Applications from Employment Agency will not be considered.
  • Typed applications (quoting the reference number) which should contain a comprehensive curriculum vitae, certified copies of all qualifications and contact details of three referees, should be forwarded, for the attention of Ms BG Mbanjwa or e-mail applications in MS Word and PDF format
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).
  • Failure to submit the requested documents/information will result in your application not being considered.
  • Telephonic enquiries regarding conditions of service: (012) 521-3651
  • The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
  • Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.
  • Applicants who have not been contacted within 30 days of the closing date must consider their applications as unsuccessful.
  • The university reserves the right to make or not to make an appointment.

Ref No

  • 79/2019/JSM/P10

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  • For Attention: Ms BG Mbanjwa
  • Post to: the Human Resources Department, P.O Box 68, Medunsa, 0204
  • Hand delivered at: (place in the application box): Human Resources Department, 5th Floor, Clinical Pathology building, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Molotlegi Street, Garankuwa

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