RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSISTANT

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is a premier science institution that conducts research with partners, develops human capital and foster innovation in support of the agricultural sector. It
provides diagnostic, laboratory, analytical, agricultural engineering services, post-harvest
technology development, agrochemical evaluation, consultation and advisory services, food
processing technology services as well as various surveys and training interventions. Through its
wider network of research institutes and experimental farms, the ARC provides a strong scientific base and a broadly distributed technology transfer capacity to the entire agricultural industry in South Africa.


The ARC-Plant Health and Protection seeks to appoint a highly skilled, experienced and dynamic person
to the following position at Vredenburg Campus: Stellenbosch


RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSISTANT


Salary (R107 288 – R160 132 p.a.) all-inclusive remuneration package


Key Performance Areas:
 Assist with preparation of growth media for glasshouse trials according to protocol. Adherence to
mixing ratios while preparing the growth media,
 Assist with preparation of consumables needed to conduct glasshouse trials. These include planting
sticks, clean planting pots, sterilized beakers,
 Assist with execution and evaluation of glasshouse trials and field trials,
 Assist with preparation of inoculum for trials (shake and autoclave inoculum bottles regularly,
destroy used inoculum accordingly),
 Assist with processing of plant samples under supervision of the research assistant,
 Assist with maintaining glasshouse trials by watering and pest control under supervision,
 Assist with plant care and maintenance of potted carnation plants. Assist with preparation of new
cuttings and harvesting and drying of carnation leaves,
 Provides support with organising and hosting of scientific events (Cleaning up for events),
 Assist with stock control and inventory management of research consumables (Monitoring and
packing of consumables for research, as requested),

 Provides verbal feedback (monthly) and adhere to quality standards (destroys fungal material, used
soil from trials),
 Maintenance and correct use of research equipment (soil pasteurizer, autoclaves, water baths,
cooler boxes),
 Assist with upkeep of glasshouses, soil preparation room and washing basin. Fumigation of
laboratories.

Requirements:
 Grade 10,
 Prior experience will be an added advantage,
 Great learning capability,
 Ability to work in a team,
 Shows good understanding of what the job requires (take accountability and responsibility),
 Has competence, confidence and trustworthy.


Enquiries: Prof SC Lamprecht, Tel: 021 887 5096, email LamprechtS@arc.agric.za
THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS: 26 MAY 2023


A competitive remuneration package will be congruent with the scope, responsibilities and the stature of
the position. The appointment will be subject to a positive security clearance and preference will be given
to South African citizens. Applications accompanied by covering letter, detailed CV (Including certificates,
supporting documents, copy of driver’s license and nationality. NB: Non-RSA Citizens/work permit holders
must attach certified copies) as well as the names and particulars of three (3) traceable referees must be email to ppricv@arc.agric.za SAQA evaluation report must accompany foreign qualifications. Incomplete
applications will not be considered. Applicants who do not receive any response four (4) weeks after the
closing date must regard their applications as unsuccessful. The Agricultural Research Council is an equal
opportunity employer and is committed to the principles and processes of Employment Equity. The company has the right not to appoint.

All the best with your applications.

3 Comments

  1. I hope my application will be successful, and I asure you i will perform all my duties to an examplary standard.

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