LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Temporary

APPLICATIONS ARE HEREBY INVITED FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORY:
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF LIFE AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
FLORIDA CAMPUS
LABORATORY TECHNICIAN (Fixed Term) (P9)
(Ref: CAES/NM/-2021)
The objective of this post is to ensure the smooth rendering of technical support aspects / activities of / in
the laboratory and the proper functioning of equipment, and to provide technical assistance to academic
staff and students.
Requirements
• Relevant Honours degree in the field of Life and Consumer, Agricultural or Environmental Sciences
Experience
• Preferably at least three (3) years practical experience regarding laboratory technical support duties.
• Hands-on experience in operating high-end Cell Biology and Physiology research equipment.
Knowledge, skills and capabilities
• Technical skills
• Interpersonal relations / People skills
• Client relationship management
• Computer literacy (MS Office)
• Communication skills
• Professionalism
• Proficiency in English
• Initiative and discretion
Recommendations:
• Specialized Laboratory Equipment / Techniques
• Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
• Broad knowledge of SA regulatory environment with regards to the use and care of laboratories and
laboratory equipment
• Knowledge of the SA higher education regulatory environment
• Supervisory responsibilities
• Budget and Resource planning
• Office administration
Duties
• Ensure technical preparation of laboratory for instructional and / or research purposes
• Design laboratory technical experiments
• Ensure the availability of correct materials for particular teaching / research activities
• Do trials of experiments prior to lessons
• Provide technical assistance to academic staff and students
• Demonstrate use of equipment
• Assist in the smooth running of practicals
• Maintain all technical equipment and the conditions of the Laboratory

 

Correspondence• Oversee use of laboratories technical and related equipment
• Monitor and maintain the status and stock levels of stores (chemicals and / or other consumables)
• Enforce relevant laboratory health and safety rules
• Ensure the maintenance of registers/forms and the provision of equipment required for the effective
management of the Laboratories
• Maintain effective recording and reporting systems and processes for the Laboratories and its use
• Ensure proper access control to the laboratories
• Perform scheduled and unscheduled audits of equipment and materials
• Assist laboratory technologists in laboratory where necessary
• Monitor and maintain status of specialized areas such as walk-in refrigerators and hot rooms
• Liaise with academic staff to determine needs
• Assist with organization of field trips / excursions
• Schedule practicals, tutorials, tests and practical exams
• Manage lab bookings
• Communicate regularly with stakeholders and clients and build client relationships
• Undertake workplace safety and risk compliance inspections on a weekly basis and maintain records
thereof
• Ensure that relevant OHS regulations are complied with
• Ensure that workplace is free of hazardous substances
• Ensure that warnings signs and guidelines are displayed where hazardous substances are used
• Ensure that required safety equipment is available and in good condition
• Ensure that persons who use the laboratory are aware of their responsibilities with regard to OHS
• Report incidents of injuries to OHS officer at protection services
Assumption of duty : As soon as possible.
Salary : Remuneration is commensurate with the seniority of the position
Enquiries : (011) 471 3197 Mrs G Dibetle (Bruny)
Closing date : 1 October 2021
• The completed prescribed application form HR-CA 102(a) must be accompanied BY A
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM VITAE and ORIGINAL certified copies (within the previous six
months) of;
▪ all educational qualifications,
▪ identity document; and
▪ proof of SAQA verification of foreign qualifications (if applicable)
• UNISA reserves the right to authenticate all qualifications without any further consent from the
applicant.
• The contact details of three contactable references must be provided, one of which must be
from your present line manager.
• The prescribed application form is obtainable from Unisa Intranet – Human Resources – Forms
• Late, incomplete and incorrect applications will not be considered.
• Appointments will be made in accordance with Unisa’s Employment Equity Plan and other
applicable legislation.
We welcome applications from Persons with Disabilities
Applications must be submitted in an envelope clearly marked with the name of the relevant College
and/or Department, the position applied for and the reference number of the position. If you apply
for more than one position, each application must be in a separate envelope.
Application can be forwarded by email to: CAES1PA@unisa.ac.za
All applications should reach UNISA before 16h00 on the closing date. will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within two
months after closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was not successful.