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Medical Technician

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The incumbent's duties will include assisting with sample receipt, administration and tracking samples; performing DNA extraction from clinical samples as well as cultures; and more.

Stellenbosch University

Molecular Biology and Human Genetics

Medical Technician

(Two-year fixed-term contract with the possibility of extension)

Ref. TGB02/256/0919 

The Centre of Whole Genome Sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an FWO-funded collaboration between Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the University of Antwerp, Belgium (the Global Health Institute, Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine).

The Centre of Whole Genome Sequencing of M. tuberculosis is actively involved in the culturing and sequencing of M. tuberculosis isolates to facilitate translational research. To contribute to the advancement of M. tuberculosis drug resistance research globally, the Centre aims to employ semi- real-time Illumina sequencing as well as phenotypic drug susceptibility testing.


  • Assisting with sample receipt, administration and tracking samples;
  • Performing DNA extraction from clinical samples as well as cultures;
  • Library preparation for next-generation sequencing;
  • Data management of next-generation sequences;
  • Working closely with a clinical trial team and communicating results clearly and concisely.

Job Requirements:

  • Master's degree in a Life Science field (e.g. Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Virology);
  • Able to travel between Tygerberg Campus and MRC;
  • Experience in NGS library preparation and molecular techniques;
  • Good communication skills, collaborative and multidisciplinary interests;
  • Excellent verbal and written knowledge of English.


  • Experience in working with M. tuberculosis;
  • Trained to work in a BSL3 facility;
  • Proof of HPCSA registration as a medical technician.

Enquiries regarding job content: Dr N Ismail on 021 938 9957, or at nabilai@sun.ac.za

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Service Centre on 021 808 2753

Closing date: 20 September 2019

Commencement date: 1 November 2019

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Apply online at http://www.sun.ac.za/english/careers

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

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