Laboratory Assistant needed urgently: APPLY NOW

Laboratory Assistant needed urgently: APPLY NOW

Job Type: Full-time

Full Job Description


The incumbent will be responsible for:

Cleaning of facilities;
Preparation of lecture halls for student practical training;
Storage of the osteology collection;
Assist with preparing of practical training material through the different methods of:
Cooking, cleaning, defatting of bones;
Building skeletons;
Building of frames for skeletons (including welding, painting and mounting on wheels etc) for larger animals;
Assist with maintaining the exhibitions of the Anatomy Museum, making Perspex containers as needed;
Delivery duties; and
Provide technical support for researchers, lecturers and students.


Grade 12 with 2 years’ experience in the following:
Working with dead animals including storage, upkeep and harvesting;
Preparation and cleaning of student training halls; and


Proficient knowledge of the use of chemicals such as formalin and embalming fluids;
Some knowledge of the anatomy of a dog/cat/horse/bovine/ovine/porcine;
Diligence and attention to detail;
Appropriate language and communication skills;
Good interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a team (relate to students and colleagues/peers/academics); and
The candidate must be willing to work overtime when required.


Valid driver’s licence
Experience towing a horsebox
Hoist and lifting equipment training; and
Welding experience.

PLEASE NOTE: All shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in relevant skills assessments as part of the selection process.

The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP subscribes to the BESTMED and UMVUZO medical aid schemes and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Applicants are requested to apply online at, and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for this post, please attach:

A comprehensive CV;
Certified copies of qualifications;
Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact.

CLOSING DATE: 5 April 2023

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES: Please contact Mr Ntheo Dibetla, Tel: (012) 529-8501 for application-related enquiries, and contact person, Prof Joseph Chamunorwa, Tel: (012) 529-8416 for enquiries relating to the post content.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 5 June 2023, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference will be given, to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.

By applying for this vacancy, the candidates consent to undergo verification of personal credentials and related information including, but not limited to, qualifications, criminal record, credit record, and current and historic disciplinary proceedings as part of the selection process.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

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