Junior Technical Assistant (One year contract)

  • Contract
  • Pretoria, Gauteng, Cnr Lynnwood Road and Roper Street, Hatfield, 0002 View on Map
  • @University of Pretoria posted 5 days ago
  • Posted : May 12, 2022 -Accepting applications
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Job Detail

  • Job ID 177441
  • Offered Salary The all-inclusive remuneration package for this contract position will commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines.
  • Qualifications Bachelor Degree
  • Industry Education, training & skills development
  • Reference Job ID 24541
  • Centre INNOVATION AFRICA @UP
  • Enquiries
    Ms AR Segeri, Tel: (012) 420 4561 for application-related enquiries, and Dr G Fourie, Tel: (012) 420 3854 for enquiries relating to the post content.
  • Where to submit application
    Applicants are requested to apply online at www.up.ac.za, and follow the link: [email protected] In applying for this post, please attach: A comprehensive CV; Certified copies of qualifications; Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact. C
  • Notes
    No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements. Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 31 August 2022, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful. The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity. In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups. All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials. The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

Job Description

RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will be responsible for: Supporting the research conducted by the Macadamia Protection Programme; Visiting Macadamia growers in all growing regions to assist with pest and disease related problems; Collecting insect pests and pathogens for identification via the disease diagnostic clinic; Collecting stink bug eggs to supplement the stink bug colony at the experimental farm; Collecting Lepidoptera larvae for on-going research projects; Packaging/storing samples according to procedures e.g. label accurately; Following and ensuring safety procedures and safety checks are maintained; Assisting in the disease diagnostic clinic; Identifying fungal pathogens by means of morphology and DNA sequence analysis; Identifying insect pests by means of DNA sequence analysis; Capturing of macadamia pest and disease information; Obtaining quotations e.g. consumables and accommodation and submit to line manager for approval; Placing of orders when stock levels are low; Arranging accommodation and book vehicles for field trips; Liaising with macadamia growers to arrange visits and provide feedback on pest and/or disease problems. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: A Relevant BSc Degree in Science; One-year experience working with insect pests and plant diseases; Driver’s licence. REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND BEHAVIOURAL ATTRIBUTES): A thorough knowledge of and experience in the following: Entomology, Microbiology or Plant Pathology; Knowledge of Health and Safety protocols; MS Office Suite (Word, Excel etc.); High level of communication skills, written and verbal; Organising/prioritising skills; Attention to detail; Ability to maintain confidentiality; Basic biological laboratory safety practice; Data analysis skills; Responsible and reliable; Cope under stressful situations; Self-efficient and problem solver; Ability to interact with a wide range of entities within the university and external entities. ADDED ADVANTAGES AND PREFERENCES: A relevant Honours Degree in BSc; One-year experience in the following: Research; Organizing field trips; Use of biological molecular techniques including PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequencing analysis for pest and disease identification.

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