Marine Biogeochemistry Technician at National Research Foundation
The National Research Foundation
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, ZA
16d ago

About the Position

The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) is a research platform funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) since 2002.

SAEON is mandated to observe and research ecosystems on land, in coastal regions and the oceans to understand how those systems function and might change over time and space when influenced by socio-

economic driving forces including climate change. We deliver our data online and offer tools, services and advice for informed environmental policy-

making. This position is supported by the DST's Shallow Marine and Coastal Research Infrastructure (SMCRI) programme.

Marine Biogeochemistry Technician

Based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape) (3 Year renewable contract)

SAEON Elwandle Node, based in Port Elizabeth, requires the services of a dynamic, self-motivated biogeochemistry technician to assist the biogeochemist in the running of the marine biogeochemistry platform (AA3 auto-

analyser; spectrophotometer, carbon analyser, etc.).

Key responsibilities will include :

  • Assist with samples reception, registration and preparation
  • Assist with analytical water and glassware preparation
  • Record, verify and report results
  • Maintain laboratory instruments and equipment in use
  • Maintain laboratory records and logs as required
  • Assist in trouble shooting and problem solving on all instrumentation and tests
  • Be actively involved in research or method development projects
  • Write Work Instructions for laboratory tasks and activities as required
  • Assist with sample collection in the field / at sea if required
  • Requirements :

  • BSc Honours / BTech (4 years) in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical oceanography
  • At least one years minimum related work experience
  • Ability to perform all laboratory activities, routine and non-routine analyses with accuracy and precision according to standard operating procedures and / or work instructions
  • Demonstrable knowledge of setting up and maintaining biogeochemical instrumentation, e.g. nutrient auto-analyser, fluorometer, spectrophotometer, etc.
  • Familiarity with working in a chemistry / biochemistry laboratory is essential
  • Experience of measuring dissolved nutrients and carbon, and of running a chemical laboratory, would both be advantageous
  • Experience in data capturing and basic statistical analysis (using MS Excel or R)
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently in a reliable manner and co-operatively as part of a larger team
  • Good communication skills
  • Code B drivers licence
  • Physical requirements :

  • The appointed person would be required to : bend, stoop, reach or stand for extended periods
  • Shortlisted candidates will be submitted to a practical assessment of their technical skills and aptitude.

    Applications should include a detailed Curriculum vitae (no certificates), cover letter and contact details of at least three referees (upload as one document).

    Closing date for receiving applications : 16 August 2018

    SAEON is committed to employment equity and redress. SAEON reserves the right not to make an appointment to the position as advertised.

    The ideal candidate will have the following competencies :


  • To perform all laboratory activities
  • Experience

  • Measuring dissolved nutrients and carbon
  • Data capturing and basic statistical analysis
  • Working in chemistry / biochemistry laboratory
  • Knowledge

  • Setting up and maintaining biogeochemical instrumentation
  • Fluorometer
  • Nutrient auto-analyser
  • Spectrophotometer
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