Jobs at UJ – Technician (P10)

Website University of Johannesburg

Job Description:

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FEBE) prides itself in its vibrant, dynamic and diverse engineering community of scholars who are passionate about enhancing the learning experience of students, enhancing the research profile of the Faculty and enhancing the academic, social and economic impact of the Faculty’s teaching and research programmes.
The Department of Chemical Engineering Technology (situated on Doornfontein Campus (DFC)) offers accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It is seated in the School of Mining, Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering (SOMMCE), and the overarching Faculty.

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Job Responsibilities:

The successful incumbent will be expected to fulfil the responsibilities of a Technician which include the following:

  • Consistently support undergraduates, postgraduates and staff with the use of equipment’s in the laboratory (liaise with the respective project supervisors in the Department; liaise with Departmental research project co-ordinator as well as train new staff members on the use of the lab equipment and tools)
  • Ensure that the required materials, equipment and/or chemicals are ready for use for effective time management (stock control of the laboratories via spreadsheet (Excel) as well as record and maintain clear retrievable records, lab reports and timesheets of all work performed)
  • Manage, maintain and repair the equipment to ensure effective and efficient operations (maintain and repair the equipment to ensure effective and efficient use to minimise and manage the downtime)
  • Support the lecturers in the efficient running of the laboratory sessions, related to the technical aspects required (liaise with the lecturers to ensure the efficient running of the laboratory sessions, related to the technical aspects required)
  • Set up laboratory equipment needed for the experiment and make sure the tools and equipment’s are clean and fully functional (ensure the equipment for lab practicals in each upcoming Term is operational and serviced timeously)
  • Ensure security measures are in place for consumables and equipment within the facilities for a clean and safe working area
  • Oversee health and safety in laboratory and workshop facilities (perform duties of SHE representative as required)
  • Ensure that all software on applicable equipment in the Chemical Engineering facilities are updated yearly (organise training for students as applicable)
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders on behalf of the Department in terms of laboratory utilisation (attend Operational Forum (if
  • Head: Technician unavailable); attend Occupational Health and Safety Meetings (adhoc basis)
  • Zero tolerance for health and safety issues in accordance to the OHS Act (adhere to OHS Act requirements in the laboratories)
  • Facilitate scheduled experiments for students at responsible labs (facilitate the technical preparation of laboratory according to the relevant
  • procedures on a daily basis)
  • Supervise and oversee students while doing their practicals (ensure orderliness and precision of specialised equipment for effective running of
  • the laboratory)
  • Be available for student consultation (provision of training on all undergraduate lab equipment (e.g. shakers, centrifuge) and analytical instruments in the Department (particle size analyser, atomic absorption spectrometer, Karl Fischer titrator, UV-Vis spectrometer, rheometer, GC etc.))

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) in Chemical Engineering or Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Chemical Engineering
  • 3 – 5 years’ job experience in laboratory environment
  • Excellent Computer skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Knowledge of OHS Act
  • Proficient in English as well as preferably communicate in another official South African language
  • ·Excellent verbal and written communication skills (e.g. technical report writing)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good problem-solving, technical, precision and numerical skills
  • Organisational skills in academic administration and student management
  • A flexible and versatile team player who will work and excel in any environment
  • Highly organised and efficient with excellent follow-through abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Reliability and integrity
  • Good listening skills
  • Practice patience
  • Good project, people and time management
  • Ability to work under pressure in a complex environment
  • A strong sense of responsibilities (i.e. manage one’s own time, to be available when needed)

Job Details:

Company: University of Johannesburg

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Johannesburg

Application Deadline: N/A

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