Lab Technician Vacancies – 10 Positions

Posted on :

7 Mar, 2014

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Technician Jobs in South Africa

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.


  • Relevant Honours degree in the field of Life and Consumer, Agricultural or Environmental Sciences



  • Three (3) years practical experience with regard to laboratory technical support duties.
  • Hands-on experience in operating 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


Knowledge of:

  • 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



  • None



  • 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
  • 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


Salary                          :           Remuneration is commensurate with the seniority of the position

Assumption of duty     :           As soon as possible

Enquiries                     :           Ms M Botha (011) 471 3161 (e-mail: [email protected])

Closing Date               :           14 March 2014 (Applications should reach UNISA before 16h00)

Unisa is not obliged to fill an advertised position

Please complete the prescribed application form which is obtainable from (vacancies, application forms, permanent administrative or professional post)

Please attach ORIGINALLY certified copies of your IDofficial statements of subjects and symbols, diploma and/or degree certificates conferred.  Please include your CV.   

Applications must be submitted in separate envelopes clearly marked with the name of the relevant College and/or Department, the position applied for and the reference number of the position. Applications must be posted to Unisa, HR Advisor, Calabash building, Room 352, Private Bag X6, Florida, 1710


Job Details:

  • (Ref: CAES/MB/MJL/LAB TECHNICIAN/0102-2014)


Hand delivered application forms can be deposited into the application box (marked College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences), situated at the Florida Campus: Calabash building, floor 3, in front of office 352.

Late, incomplete and incorrect applications will not be considered

We welcome applications from Persons with Disabilities

Appointments will be made in accordance with Unisa’s Employment Equity Plan and other applicable legislation

Correspondence 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.


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