Laboratory Assistant

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Job TitleLaboratory Assistant
Organization NameAntiviral Gene Therapy Research Unit

Department Description

The Department of Molecular Medicine & Haematology and Wits/SAMRC Antiviral Gene Therapy Research Unit in the School of Pathology are seeking a motivated laboratory assistant to join its productive teams. The teams conduct teaching and research aimed at applying modern methods of molecular biology to treat, prevent and understand mechanisms of disease that are common to southern Africa. A particular focus is on viral infections. The incumbent will be primarily be involved in providing support to teaching and research programmes. Details of the activities are provided at the following websites:–haematology/ 

Ideally, the incumbent will assume duty on 1 February 2022.

Brief Description

Key responsibilities include the following:
The incumbent will be primarily responsible for the maintenance of the cleanliness and tidiness of the departmental teaching and research facilities on the 7th floor section of the Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology. Main duties include, but are not restricted to, the following:
·       Sweeping floors, mopping floors and wiping of laboratory benches,
·       Dilution of concentrated solutions required for cleaning and sterilizing,
·       Washing (using dishwasher), packing and unpacking of glassware and plasticware,
·       Filling boxes with pipette tips and Eppendorf tubes, autoclaving and stocktaking,
·       Recording temperature logs of fridges, freezers and coldrooms,
·       Photocopying, collating and filing of documents,
·       Collection of mail and transport of documents between local buildings of the Faculty of Health Sciences
·       Emptying bins in offices and laboratories,
·       Maintenance of tearoom supplies and cleanliness of crockery and cutlery.  

Minimum Qualification          
Matric ·       

Previous Experience
Experience with laboratory maintenance would be useful. 

Experience with maintenance of research laboratories 

Detailed Description
Job Requirements
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How To Apply

For more information (not to submit applications)

Contact: Professor Patrick Arbuthnot 

Telephone:011 717 2365 

Email: [email protected] 

Closing Date: 17 January 2022  

To apply:
Please submit a covering letter clearly indicating which post you are applying for, a detailed CV with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees via i-Recruitment 

The University is committed to employment equity.  Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University.  The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates. 

Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.  The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

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