University Of Free State Intern 2019/2020

UFS: Laboratory Assistant Vacancy Opportunity 2021

UFS: Laboratory Assistant Vacancy Opportunity 2021

University Of Free State Intern 2019/2020

UFS: Laboratory Assistant Vacancy Opportunity 2021

The University of the Free State is inviting applicants to apply for the Lab assistant vacancy for 2021.

Assumption of duties:

  • As soon as possible.


  • The annual remuneration package, including benefits is: R187 424.42 – R314 228.57 depending on the budget available for the position, relevant work experience and qualifications.


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:

• Milling of plants.
• Perform extractions of plant materials.
• Perform thin layer & column chromatography.
• Perform qualitative and quantitative phytochemical analysis.
• Perform rotary evaporation/freeze drying and spray drying.
• Perform solid phase extractions.
• Perform purification and isolations.
• Do basic HPLC analysis.
• Participate in the current stability testing and analysis of formulations.
• Assist in cell culture and analytical laboratories.

Inherent requirements:

• Diploma on NQF level 6 in basic natural sciences (Biotechnology or Pharmacology or Biochemistry).
• Must have had a recent exposure in a Pharmacology laboratory, including techniques and training.
• Basic training in medicinal plants biochemistry or plant biotechnology.

Required competencies: 

• Results orientated:
– 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.
– The ability to be results oriented, time management and research planning.

• 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.

• Business acumen:
– The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
– Proficient in using MS Office.

• Leading:
– The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude and encourage people to work together.

• Building coalitions:
– The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
– The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.


• A BSc degree on NQF level 7 in basic natural sciences (Biotechnology or Pharmacology or Biochemistry).
• Exposure or recent exposure to pharmacology research techniques and       equipment.
• Work experience in a pharmacology laboratory or biochemistry laboratory.
• Experience in IKS, Pharmacology training exposure and plant research experience.

Closing date:

30 July 2021.

How to apply:

To apply for UFS Lab Assistant vacancy click here

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