Soils Laboratory Technician at South African Sugar Association

  • Permanent Intermediate EE position

  • Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2216405 | Ref 1369

  • Posted 15 May 2018 by South African Sugar Association

About the Position

The Plant and Environmental Resource Centre of the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) has a vacancy for a Laboratory Technician in its Soils Chemistry Laboratory. This position will assume responsibility for routine operations in the lab and will report to the Laboratory Supervisor.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing a professional service to SASRI scientists and growers by undertaking the following laboratory operations:

  • Recording and registering all samples and their associated analyses

  • Planning the flow of samples to ensure timeous analyses

  • Preparing chemical solutions to be used in analyses

  • Evaluating new methodologies for analyses

  • Recording results of analyses; capturing the information electronically

  • Performing calculations using raw data.

  • Collecting and collating data from other labs

  • Preparing easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and documentation of new procedures and assisting in the training of laboratory staff in the use of techniques

  • Maintaining and cleaning all equipment and glassware daily

  • Keeping record of chemical usage and ordering replacements timeously

  • Ensuring occupational health and safety and environmental compliance in the lab

  • Collecting soil samples from field trials when required

The successful candidate must be in possession of:

  • Diploma/Degree in Analytical Chemistry
  • At least 2 years' work experience (Experience in a soils or related laboratory environment would be advantageous)
  • Basic Computer skills
  • Code EB Driver's license

Closing date for applications is 31/05/2018.

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • complete analyses using laboratory techniques
  • monitor equipment maintenance
  • adherence to health and safety standards (NOSA)
  • calibration of laboratory instruments
  • diagnose specific problems in the laboratory


  • a wide spectrum of laboratory techniques
  • applying appropriate laboratory techniques
  • day to day running of the laboratory
  • laboratory function and implementation


  • laboratory techniques
  • safety and health regulations
  • knowledge of laboratory standards

About The Employer

The South African Sugar Association (SASA) provides a diverse range of highly specialised services to the South African sugar industry and our activities are funded in the main by the sugarcane growers and sugar milling companies. Our mission is to provide specialist services that enhance the profitability, global competitiveness and sustainability of the South African sugar industry.

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