Junior Scientist

at South African Medical Research Council
Location Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Healthcare
Work Hours Day
Salary 326601
Salary Units YEAR
Currency ZAR


The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research. It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression. The organisation prides itself on six values: pioneering, partnering, excellence, respect, integrity and citizenship.




One-Year Contract


The South African Medical Research Council’s Biomedical Research Innovation Platform requires a suitably qualified and experienced Junior Scientist.


To cover the multifaceted aspects of the post, we require an energetic person with a strong theoretical and practical background in molecular biology.




Play an active role in wastewater-based epidemiology research at the Biomedical Research and Innovation Platform

Perform DNA/RNA extractions from wastewater for quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) analysis and genomic sequencing of pathogens

Perform administration tasks related to the wastewater project

Core Requirements:


4-year tertiary qualification (Honours) degree with a genetics/biochemistry background or related sciences with suitable molecular biology training

Post-graduate working experience of molecular techniques (RNA/DNA extraction and qRT-PCR)

Ability to work as a team member

Sound communication and writing skills



A relevant MSc degree

Experience in extraction and quantification of viral RNA from wastewater

Analysis, interpretation, quality assurance and troubleshooting of qRT-PCR results


Interested candidates can send their CV