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Laboratory Technician (BSc (Hons) Microbiology), Ref: 1024500

Ref: 1024500

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: BSc (Hons)
Annual Package Range: R 151 000 - 250 000
Total years experience: 6--10 Years

Current/recent job title: Laboratory Technician

Discipline: Microbiology (BSc (Hons)) (Project Management Certificate). Industry in: Engineering – Biological (biomedical, genetic, biochemical tissue protein) & Professional Services (Research, development & testing). Years of experience range: 6 to 10 years. Annual package range: R 151 000 – 250 000, per annum. Gender: Female. Ethnicity: African/Black. Nationality: South African.

Employment Equity (EE) Biotechnologist & Microbiologist. 8 years’ experience in Fish Farming, Human Genomics (Nutrigenomics), Plant Biotechnology and Entomology. Mature and responsible with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Supervision, Laboratory Management and Project Management experience.

Laboratory skills include: Real Time PCR using LightCycler 480, DNA Extraction using MagNA Pure Compact, PCR machine: Thermal cycler, Gel Electrophoresis, Manual extraction of DNA, AFLP & rflp. Sequencing, Culturing techniques, Preparation of different media, Light Microscope, Pipette transfer, Incubators and refrigeration. ELISA, pH meters, Autoclaves and drying ovens, Shaker Incubator, Aseptic techniques & ISO.

Interested in Laboratory Management/Supervision/Technician opportunities within the Industrial, Food or Agricultural Biotechnology environment. Available immediately.

Candidate location: South Africa

Home & other languages: Tshivenda, English, Setswana

Designation: Laboratory Technician

Highest qualification type: d. Honours

University: University of Pretoria

Company size: ‘1 – 10

Division: Research and Development / Testing and Laboratory

Seniority level: Consultant / Specialist / Sales / Scientist

Gender:                                    Female

Ethnicity:                                 African/Black

Nationality:                              South African

Highest Formal Qualification:  Project Management certificate

Other Formal Qualification:    Microbiology

Current / most recent job title?

Laboratory Technician

Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

-Laboratory management: Manage the lab from receiving the samples to capturing the results and sending out the reports to internal and external clients.
-Project Manager for the foetal gender test
-Ensure Quality assurance and control of the lab

Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

Ordering lab reagents and consumables, maintenance schedules, compile Standard Operation Procedure documents, routine quality and hygiene monitoring.
Supervise and train new staff
Liase with internal and external clients

Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

An ambitious Microbiologist who has matured in the field of Biotechnology for 8.5 years. I’ve developed a mature and responsible approach to every task and situation in my career, academics and personal life. I adapt easily into new sectors as I have working experiences in Nutrigenomics, Human genetics, Plant pathology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Entomology, Project Management, Fish farming and Events Planning. I’m currently seeking a new opportunity at a company that requires a mature, focused, experienced, trustworthy, hard working leader as a Supervisor or Manager.

Ideal business title: 

1. Laboratory Manager
2. Laboratory Supervisor
3. Laboratory Technician

Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

My ideal position will be to manage a Microbiology or Biotechnology laboratory. Being in charge of the finances, documentation, administration of the laboratory with minimal laboratory techniques work being done.

Skill area of competence:

Molecular lab techniques (Real time PCR using LightCycler 480 and 96, DNA extraction using MagNA Pure Compact, PCR thermal cycler, AFLP, RFLP, sequencing, culturing and media preparation), ISO 9001, ISO 17025, Supervision and staff training, lab management (SOP documentation, purchase orders, stock taking, report writing, waste, finance).

Career summary:

5.5 years Nutrigenomics
3 years Plant pathology
3 years entomology
3 years Agricultural biotechnology


Compiling all SOP documents that detailed the procedures and methods that will be used in the lab, corrective action methods, protective methods for the company since it was a new company, I was the first employee. This saved the company money, time and provided quality accurate results at all tines. The company grew to employ more staff, and also perform tests for international clients in many countries.

What do you absolutely love doing?

I love working with numbers ( finances of the lab), compilation of documents and research (new inventions), training new and younger upcoming scientists

Ideal company (culture and values):

Private or public company that focuses on Industrial, Food or Agricultural Biotechnology. Consulting but not sales. I prefer a company that understands the importance of a family. I’m made up of my career, my family and religion.

Motivation to move (please select): Unemployed

Location Preference: I am open to positions both nationally and internationally.

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