Scientific Technician (Production Level): RTD: Plant Sciences (Analytical Laboratory), Ref No. AGR 44/2020

Closing Date 2020/10/19
Reference Number WCG200908-3
Tracking Number AGR 44/2020
Job Title Scientific Technician (Production Level): RTD: Plant Sciences (Analytical Laboratory), Ref No. AGR 44/2020
Department Agriculture
Salary level OSD
Enquiries Ms A Swanepoel at (021) 808 5320
Job Type Permanent
Location – Country South Africa
Location – Province Western Cape
Location – Town / City Elsenburg, Stellenbosch
Job Purpose The Department of Agriculture, Western Cape Government has an employment opportunity for a competent and suitably qualified individual to render an analytical laboratory service as supervisor of the Trace Elements, Boron and sulphur laboratory. This post is based in Elsenburg, Stellenbosch.
Minimum Requirements A 3-year tertiary qualification (National Diploma/B-Degree) in Analytical Chemistry or relevant qualification in this field; Registration as a Certificated Natural Scientist with SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions) in the relevant field; 3 years post qualification relevant technical (scientific) experience; A valid (Code B or higher) driving licence.
Recommendation Experience in the following: Scientific Technician in an agricultural laboratory (soil, plants and water); The use of ICP and LIMS; Supervision of subordinates in a laboratory.
Key Performance Areas Analyse samples (soil, feed, plant and water); Development of new analytical procedures; Perform all administrative and related functions; Keep up to date with regard to the applicable prescripts, policies, procedures, technologies and new developments to be able to render efficient and effective service.
Competencies Knowledge of the following: Laboratory (soil and water) and personnel management; LIMS, ICP and accreditation systems used in the industry; Settings, calibration and basic maintenance of appropriate equipment; Proven computer literacy; Technical management skills; Technical planning skills; Written and verbal communication skills.
Remuneration Grade A: R 311 859- R 332 799 per annum; Grade B: R 353 226 – R 380 775 per annum; Grade C: R 402 045 – R 473 574 per annum (as per OSD prescripts) Note on remuneration: Cost-to-employer (CTE) remuneration packages for certain occupation-specific dispensations (OSD), the middle-management service (MMS) and contract positions are inclusive of all costs related to service benefits or obligations including basic salary, 13th cheque, medical assistance, housing assistance, pension-fund contributions, etc. MMS remuneration packages are flexible and may be individually structured as prescribed. Where remuneration is not indicated as CTE, employees’ service benefits or obligations are funded or co-funded in terms of the applicable prescripts or collective agreements
Notes Only applications submitted online will be accepted.


Candidates must submit copies of all relevant documentation for verification purposes with the application. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend interviews on a date and time as determined by the department.

The selection process will be guided by the EE targets of the employing department. Kindly note that technical support is only available from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16.00. Should you experience any difficulties with your online application you may contact the helpline at 0861 370 202. Please ensure that you submit your application before the closing date as no late applications will be considered.

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