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Laboratory Director : South African Doping Control Laboratory

Job Summary
Job ID: 3045
5 year contract position
post level 5

**NB! Applications may only be submitted online. Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE OR APPLICATIONS SENT VIA EMAIL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please note: Compile/Convert all the below documents as one document (PDF or Word), when uploading it on the online applications system.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
  • Certified copies (not older than 3 months) of all academic records;
  • Certified copies (not older than 3 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • A certified copy (not older than 3 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage, supervise and lead the South African Doping Control Laboratory (SADoCoL) and its personnel in a highly specialized analytical environment related to drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics and anti-doping testing, using state of the art bioanalytical instruments.
  • Responsible for the professional, organizational, educational, operational and administrative responsibilities of the laboratory and ensure compliance to national and international regulatory requirements of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC) 17025 Standard and the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
  • Ensure that clear strategic objectives are identified for the laboratory and processes are initiated to achieve such objectives.
  • Ensure the appointment of qualified, trained and competent personnel and maintain continued training and development of such personnel as required by WADA.
  • Ensure the development and maintenance of reliable and validated scientific methodologies to detect all compounds in the WADA Prohibited List.
  • Ensure the implementation/maintenance of a quality system, continuous quality improvement and corrective procedures.
  • Determine and investigate poor analytical performances, tendencies, risks, threats, non-conformities and provide direction on remedial actions.
  • Ensure the accomplishment of mission, vision and strategic plans of SADoCoL, identify, and manage risks, opportunities and threats to the business.
  • Ensure security, access control, chain of custody and confidentiality of results at and to the laboratory.
  • Review and approve analytical results as Technical Signatory of all methods, especially atypical and adverse findings.
  • The Director takes ultimate responsibility for all reports and other output originating from analytical procedures and/or any analytical procedure such as for instance research publication, that originate from the laboratory.
  • Perform strategic planning and investigate the feasibility of future and/or additional work.
  • Approve financial and budget control and reports, forecasts, and more.
  • Perform high-level communication with relevant Government institutions on local, provincial and national level to advance strategic, financial and operational aspects of the laboratory’s functions.
  • Represent the laboratory and thereby the UFS in interactions and communication with international governmental role players such as the African Union Anti-doping Forum.
  • Perform high-level communication and interaction with WADA, other WADA accredited laboratories and Anti-doping Organizations, International Sport Federations, accreditation bodies, clients, suppliers and the media as applicable.
  • Attend international Director's meetings and contribute with other doping control laboratories in directing policies and scientific methodologies common to all WADA accredited laboratories.
  • Provide consultations to other anti-doping role players in South Africa and abroad on relevant analytical aspects, intelligent testing, trends, irregularities in samples or methodologies, and where else required.
  • Provide evidence and/or expert testimony on analytical results in cases of administrative, arbitration or legal proceedings related to anti-doping violations.
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities.
  • Provide internal training and assistance to lesser experienced colleagues and/or students.
  • Formally present and/or participate in internal and external training initiatives and departmental journal presentations and discussions.
  • Enhance laboratory reputation by accepting ownership for assigned duties; explore opportunities to add value to laboratory operations.
  • Host general and management laboratory meetings and share knowledge, expertise and information as appropriate.
  • Promote and ensure that internal formal documents comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Responsible for keeping SADoCoL management up to date regarding all laboratory activities that could potentially influence the performance of work, outcome of analytical results and general laboratory business decisions/events.
  • Manage, monitor and contribute to research activities performed internally and externally in partnership with other WADA laboratories.
  • Promote scientific output such as presentations at scientific meetings and/or the publication of research articles in peer-reviewed journals, for the furtherance of doping control science.
  • Act as supervisor or promoter to post graduate students in related disciplines such as Chemistry and Forensic Sciences.

Inherent requirements:

  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in one of the natural sciences with appropriate experience and/or training in chemical and/or biochemical analysis, preferably in the anti-doping area.


  • Master's degree and extensive and appropriate anti-doping science experience and training (e.g. a senior Laboratory position for a minimum of ten (10) years), including the documented ability to develop analytical methodology and oversee research projects; and
  • Experience and competence in the analysis of chemical and biological material for the classes of substances and methods used in doping.
  • Knowledge of drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics.

Required competencies:

Business acumen.

  • The ability to fully comply with the criteria set by the WADA ISL and the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard.
  • Knowledge and experience in the management of an analytical laboratory's budgetary requirements.
  • Experience and competence in the analysis of chemical and biological material including the substance classes specified for anti-doping.
  • Knowledgeable in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics.
  • Experience in forensic applications of doping control.

Results orientated.

  • The ability to work systematically and accurately with attention to detail.
  • Working knowledge and experience of computer programs, e.g. MS Word and PowerPoint, and preparation of Excel spreadsheets and formulae in Excel.
  • Working knowledge and experience of analytical software applications, e.g. Xcalibur acquisition software, TraceFinder, MassHunter, ChemStation, Analyst, etc.

Strategic thinking.

  • The ability to be innovative in scientific, technical, administrative and financial thinking.


  • The knowledge and ability to train and lead all personnel of the laboratory in order to continually develop their competencies.
  • The ability to publically represent the laboratory in motivational meetings, press interviews, tribunal hearings and various other public forums in which the laboratory has to be promoted and/or defended.

Building coalitions.

  • The ability to function normally under continual pressure from clients, personnel and regulatory authorities while solving scientific and technical challenges.
  • The ability to represent the laboratory under all circumstances and take full responsibility for all contingencies concerning the laboratory.


  • Knowledge and experience with the accreditation requirements of the ISO/lEC 17025 Standard.
  • First-hand knowledge and experience of interaction with WADA and intimate knowledge of the WADA ISL and all the associated Technical Documents, Technical Letters and Guidelines of WADA and their Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).
  • Highly recommended: First-hand knowledge and experience with the organizational structure of doping control in Sport in South Africa, the African continent and abroad.
  • Advanced experience in managing and leading an analytical laboratory.
  • Knowledge and experience in the analytical methodologies mandatory in a doping control laboratory, which include LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS, HPLC, GC-C-IRMS, Gel Electrophoresis and Western blotting, blood analysis by flow cytometry and immune-assays such as RIA and  ELISA.
  • The ability to correctly interpret the data obtained from the aforementioned instruments and to apply that in making decisions as to the status of tested athletes.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date: 11 October 2019.

Salary:The salary scale is available on request.

Enquiries:For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 9811 /9814 /9848 or email Recruit@ufs.ac.za

Fringe benefits:
(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.


External candidates can click HERE to apply online.

UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click Self Service, Recruiting, and Careers to apply online.

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