Instrument Scientist(AGRP)

National Research Foundation

Job Details

  • Qualifications phd
  • Industry Research, science & technology
  • Centre Makhanda/Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
  • Where to submit application
    Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV by logging to and apply online. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of motivation indicating the applicant·s suitability for the position. The names and contact details of at least three referees should be provided.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities: • Manage the Aquatic Genomics Research Platform and operate associated instrumentation. • Promote strategic direction and facilitate the use of the Aquatic Genomics Research Platform as a National research platform. • Co-ordinate the Aquatic Genomics Research Platform as a teaching platform. • Ensure that the laboratory, services offered and research conducted remain relevant with regards to technological advances in the field of genomics. Key Requirements: Qualification: • PhD degree in Genetics/Genomics/Microbiology or related field • Established Researcher in the aquatics genomics field • Minimum of 5 years· genomics/genetics laboratory management experience • Supervisory experience at the MSc and PhD level (minimum 2 graduated students) Experience: Technical Skills • Ability to operate general molecular laboratory equipment (centrifuges, vortexes, gel electrophoresis apparatus, gel doc systems, PCR machines, incubators) and troubleshoot issues as they arise • Practical experience with DNA extractions, PCR, library preparation for next-generation sequencing Experience using molecular analysis software such as Geneious, DNAStar Lasergene and GeneMapper for sequence analysis, trimming and contig generation as well as analysis of microsatellite data • Experience with programs to analyse next-generation sequencing data (SPADES; MG-RAST; BLAST) Specific Instrument experience • Proven experience operating a Sanger Sequencer and the processing of samples for Sanger sequencing and fragment analysis • Proven experience operating an Illumina MiSeq Research • Proven track record of research in aquatic genomics • Published a minimum of 5 papers in genomics with an emphasis on aquatic genomics Training • Train students in general molecular laboratory techniques and protocols they are unfamiliar with SCM & finances • Familiarity with suppliers of molecular consumables, reagents and laboratory equipment • Experience with market research, demand considerations and procurement plans • Experience with obtaining quotes and process orders and invoices for the above • Experience setting up supply/service contracts for the above as well as contract reviews • Ability to undertake a yearly asset stock-take General skills: • Effective Communicator: Excellent communication skills (verbal and written ² especially report writing skills) • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills • An ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment is essential. Knowledge: • Knowledge in Aquatic Genomics and Genetics Additional Notes: Desirable additional education and work experience • Knowledge of biomaterial banking

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