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University of Limpopo

Senior Laboratory Technician: Preclinical Sciences (Human Anatomy)

• NQF 6 in Biological Technology, Science Laboratory Technology or other related disciplines.
• At least five years’ experience of working in Gross Anatomy and Histology Laboratories.
• Experience in preparing, embalming and maintaining human anatomical specimens (cadavers).
• Evidence of excellent communication skills.
• Computer literacy.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

• Order, receive, and provide care for live laboratory specimens and storage of preserved specimens including human cadavers.
• Prepare, embalm and maintain human anatomical specimens (cadavers).
• Inventories, order, receive, and stock materials, supplies, and equipment for laboratory use.
• Issue and maintain records on materials/bones loaned to students, instructors, and other departments.
• Issue and maintain records on lockers.
• Demonstrate and provide instruction to students in proper use and care of laboratory materials and equipment.
• Assist in maintaining security of laboratories, laboratory equipment, supplies, and materials
• Prepare and dispense solutions and chemical materials used for lab classes which may include reagents, chemicals, acids, bases, buffers, stains, and unknowns.
• Prepare stains, solutions, and preservatives by mixing, bottling, and labelling.
• Clean up after each lab session by washing, and if necessary, sterilizing tools, equipment, and supplies.
• Calibrate, maintain, and perform repairs on scientific equipment and supplies.
• Supervise and assign work of student assistants.
• Maintain expenditure records and provide data for budget estimates.
• Monitor production of, collects, and processes hazardous waste materials and toxic chemicals resulting from lab classes.
• Collect and properly stores biohazard waste.
• Perform all related duties as assigned by the HoD.

Closing date: 13 April 2018

Typed applications which should contain comprehensive curriculum vitae, certified copies of all qualifications and contact details of three referees, should be forwarded, for the attention of Mr MD Selolo, to the Chief Human Resources Officer, Private Bag X 1106, Sovenga, 0727 or e-mail applications, in MS Word format, to

Telephonic enquiries regarding conditions of service: (015) 268-3992.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign obtained qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority. Please also note that failure to submit the requested documents/information will result in your application not being considered.

The University of Limpopo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All appointments will be made in accordance with the University’s Employment Equity Plan. Preference will be given to males (Indian and Coloured) and females (Indian, Coloured and Whites).

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. Applicants who have not been contacted within 30 days of the closing date must consider their applications as unsuccessful.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.


University of Cape Town
The Department of Human Biology is seeking to employ a dynamic and motivated senior technical officer to join our team. The main
purpose of this position is to provide support/training in histological techniques in all clinical and non-clinical undergraduate/postgraduate
courses, as well as to postgraduate students, research staff and collaborators of research staff within the Faculty of Health Sciences. The
successful incumbent will also be responsible for developing and maintaining the histology teaching slide collection, including digital
images and microscopes, as well as to provide technical and teaching support for the Confocal and Light Microscopy Imaging Facility.

Minimum Requirements:
• BSc Hons in Biological Sciences/B.Tech in Histopathological Technique
• A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a Histology laboratory
• Experience with fluorescence microscopy
• Experience with specimen preparation for immunohistochemistry
• Experience in performing and troubleshooting histological special stains
• Good knowledge of the microscopic structure of cells and tissues
• Experience in teaching/demonstrating at tertiary level
• Well developed and professional interpersonal and communication skills
• Good organizational skills and an ability to work both as a team member and independently
• Experience in management of a laboratory
• Computer literate

The following would be advantageous:
• Experience in confocal microscopy
• Experience in interpreting histological stains

Responsibilities include:
• Management of the Histology Processing Laboratory and overseeing the Histology Teaching Laboratory
• Provide training and support in histological techniques
• Provide assistance in specimen preparation for immunohistochemistry, fluorescence/confocal microscopy
• Provide assistance with teaching and demonstration sessions involving the Confocal and Light Microscopy Imaging Facility
• Provide classroom support for undergraduate courses (preparation, setting up of practicals)
• Monitor and maintain class slide collection for teaching (source material and replace or restain existing slides when necessary)
• Develop, select and scan class slides on digital scanner for use with virtual microscope, including maintaining the digital slide database
• Catalogue class slides and digital images
• Assist with demonstration of histology practicals
• Line manage a laboratory assistant
• Health and safety and fire marshall officer duties

The 2018 annual cost of employment, including benefits (where applicable), is between R355 670 to R418 315
To apply, please e-mail
the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Vathiswa Mbangi at - UCT Application Form
(download at
- Cover letter, and
- Curriculum Vitae (CV). Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo an assessment.

: 021 650 3003
Reference number: E18227
Closing date: 27 June 2018

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

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