A Research Assistant (2 Year Fixed Term Contract) position is available at our client, Wits Health Consortium's Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Background Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience : Named after Nobel Laureate and Wits University graduate, Sydney Brenner, the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) is a burgeoning multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to investigating the molecular and genomic aetiology of diseases among African populations.
By creating a world-class research environment, where top scientific and clinical researchers can tackle the big scientific questions in biomedical molecular research areas, the SBIMB aims to enable the development of new and innovative solutions to some of Africa’s greatest health challenges.
Mission To conduct biomedical molecular and genomic research addressing health priorities in Africans. Vision To become a leader in biomedical research on the African continent, conducting world-class, innovative and relevant research, that will benefit the southern African community, and to excel as a centre for learning.
Main purpose of the job To test, calibrate and install air quality sensors outdoors and indoors, maintaining the instruments, analyzing the data, with the aim of eventually linking these to potentially large health and Earth observation datasets Location Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience, 9 Jubilee Road, Parktown, Johannesburg Key performance areas Set up and test air quality sensors in collaboration with UoL, SAMRC and external partners including Northwest University through comparison.
Contribute to air quality sensor deployment planning. Engage strongly with communities and collaborators as a regular part of the role.
Contribute to data collection, quality assurance and analysis Required minimum education and training Undergraduate degree in physical sciences / engineering / computer science or related Required minimum work experience 1-2 years in research environment Additional education, work experience and personal abilities Sound written and verbal communication skills.
Able to prioritize own workload in meeting deadlines and handle pressure. Travel might be required to Soweto, Bushbuckridge and Secunda, as and when necessary.
Experience of at least one of the following but ideally both : Hands on working with hardware technology ideally with sensors Computing experience working with data (demonstrable experience in in at least one programming language) Ability to work in a team and interact with members of the community Knowledge of an African language used in at least one of the study sites.
TO APPLY Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experience as mentioned above, you may submit a detailed updated CV - Please Apply Online Please take note that the applicants who do not adhere to the above criteria will not be considered for the respective position.
The closing date for all applications is 08 October 2020. Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates.
Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications to be unsuccessful.
In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.