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4584: Research Scientist: Pharmacology (post level 8 - contract appointment: 5 years)

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Faculty Health Sciences Pharmacology Research Scientist (post level 8 - contract appointment: 5 years) Job ID: 4584

Faculty Health Sciences


Research Scientist (post level 8 - contract appointment: 5 years)

Job ID: 4584

This post was previously advertised as Job ID: 3896 and 4381. All applications received in response to the previous advertisement, will automatically be considered again. Previous applicants therefore do not need to reapply.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: . Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

*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. 
  • 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 6 months) of all academic records;
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • A certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver's license (if applicable).
  • A service record of your current employer / last employer.
Duties and responsibilities:
  • Always maintain stock and database of all chemicals / reagents/ standards/ solvents available.
  • Maintain and manage the research laboratories remain clean facilities.
  • Perform analyses and tests for pharmacology and IKS platform projects as per manager's requests.
  • Perform research work on method analytical development and validation.
  • Undertake contract research.
  • Leverage and attract research funding (apply for grants).
  • Assist students (cosupervised pharmacology honours students).
  • Participate in all departmental academic activities.
  • Produce scientifically publishable data.
  • Publish original science research and review papers.
  • Willingness and ability to work reliably on a flexible work schedule, Monday - Friday and some weekends or where pre-planned on public holidays, to meet the demands of the Pharmacology research group.
Inherent requirements:
  • A PhD degree on NQF level 10 in Analytical chemistry or Biotechnology or Pharmacology or Pharmaceutical Sciences or other relevant area of scientific training.
  • A minimum of four (4) years' relevant work experience in a research laboratory.
  • Laboratory management experience with proven record of experience.
  • Experience in:
    • Analytical method development and validation.
    • Operation of HPLC, LC-MS, NFTIR and other chromatographic equipment.
    • Analytic chromatographic methods demonstrable experience
    • Plants extractions and compound isolations.
    • Analytical chemistry.
  • Ability to interpret analytical / pharmaceutical sciences results and  data.
Required competencies: 
  • Results orientated:
    • The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
    • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
    • The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one's task. 
    • The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.
    • The ability to maintain composure and self-control.
    • The ability to deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Strategic thinking:
    • The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
    • The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner. 
    • The ability to plan work and to follow plans.
    • The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.
    • The ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.
    • Ability to work independently and set own targets
    • Ability to work under pressure and extended hours
  • Business acumen:
    • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
    • Proficient in using MS Office.
    • Ability to write scientific reports of work done
  • Leading:
    • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
    • The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.
    • The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude and encourage people to work together.
  • Building coalitions:
    • The ability to negotiate, sell, influence and to persuade others.
    • The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
    • The ability to be sensitive and understanding to the needs and feelings of others.
    • The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people. 
    • The ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration and working with close supervision.
  • Knowledge in pharmacological / pharmaceutical / analytical chemistry research.
  • A minimum of four (4) years' proven/demonstrated practical full-time work experience in   pharmacology research and herbal medicines laboratory research expertise / experience.
  • Some animal research and experimentation experience.
  • Formal report writing skills.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date: 1 July 2022

Salary: The salary scale is available on request. 

For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 9810 or email at or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 /7267 /9857 /9848 /9003 for assistance.

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 is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Plan is available at For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

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.


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