Research Scientist – Diagnostic

Location Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is a talent driven, customer- centric and impact focused organisation. In our endeavour to support technology innovation with socio-economic outcomes; we seek to infuse the organisation with team players that find resonance as value creators, agile thinkers, progressive attitudes, customer-centricity, dynamic work ethic and an optimistic disposition. We aim to harness these attributes in a manner that they culminate into a culture of teamwork, impact and accountability.
In executing its mandate, the organisation provides funding and non-funding support to stimulate innovation so that it provides a catalytic impact to the economy whilst improving people’s lives and protecting the environment.

The Agency endeavours to promote the careers of previously disadvantaged persons by applying the principles of the Employment Equity Act, as amended.

The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Job Functions Research and Development
Industries Science & Technology
Job Purpose:

To design, execute and analyse experiments within the laboratory environment at the Platform


•Give input to the formulation of the operational budget and monitor and track applicable spending.
•Manage and monitor repayment obligations that projects has to TIA (Equity and royalties, investments and loans) and ensure accurate and timeous reporting

Stakeholder Relations Plan
•Manage effective internal and/or external Stakeholder relationships:
•Deliver required service to the stakeholder on time and with quality
•Respond timeous to queries of the stakeholder
•Maintain professional engagements and continuously exceed expectations

Internal Processes
•Provide input into the operational plan of the Platforms with regards to the your area of expertise.
•Ensure timeous and accurate reporting as per requirements. E.g. Close out, progress, M&E etc.
•Compile internal proposals with input from the Platform technical team & complete external project review forms
•Ensure adherence to all legal compliance and business processes
•Conduct a technical feasibility study
•Conduct the project definition meeting
•Define a consolidated project plan with deliverables as identified in the project definition meeting
•Source approved equipment and consumables. Ensure that all equipment are commissioned properly by service provider prior to initial use
•Manage the lab equipment, cleanliness and stock levels.
•Facilitate the general housekeeping of the laboratory.
•Perform trouble shooting of the instruments
•Manage SLA’s and service received from providers.
•Develop new products and processes at the Platform: Design Experiments, analyses results and compile SOP’s and test methods to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.
•Provide project management and leadership on assigned projects including project costing
•Trouble shoot experimental problems and find solutions
•Prepare technical reports, summaries and protocols of the reports *Write motivations supporting platform to be recognized within the industry norms
•Close out reports submitted on time

Governance and Compliance:
•Ensure compliance with Legislation, e.g. PFMA and National Treasury Guidelines;
•Ensure compliance to all relevant accounting Standards, Policies and Frameworks; and
•Ensure Compliance with TIA Standard Operating Procedures

Qualifications and Experience:
•BSC Honours: Microbiology/Medical Microbiology/Biochemistry/Medical Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.
•Registered member of Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as Medical Technologist
•Advantage: MSC Degree
•4 years’ experience in the relevant scientific field
•Advantage: 6 years’ experience in relevant scientific field management context

•Communication Skills (written & verbal)
•Interpersonal skills
•Persuasive Skills
•Stress Management skills
•Interpersonal relationships
•Planning and execution

Technical Skills
•Mammalian Cell Culture;
•Protein Biochemistry;
•Bacterial Cell Culture;
•Recombinant DNA technology;
•Advanced computer literacy skills
•Analytical and interpretation skills
•Financial Management Skills
•Scientific Report writing skills
•Training and Mentorship;
•Project Management Skills
•Management Skills

•Technology Development trends in relevant industries
•Quality Management
•Understanding Science Council requirements
•Financial and non-Financial support trends for technology development
•Enterprise development

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