AHRI: Biorepository Intern (Mtubatuba)

Biorepository Intern

Company Africa Health Research Institute

Reference # SOM/BIOREPINTERN/001/2020/AUG

Published 13/08/2020

Contract Type Contract

12 Months

Location Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is one of South Africa’s largest independent, interdisciplinary research institutes. AHRI aims to become a source of fundamental discoveries into the susceptibility, transmission and cure of HIV and TB and related diseases, seeking ways to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment. AHRI’s principal funders are Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Our academic partners are University College London and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Job Functions Research,Science

Industries Ngo / Non-Profit


AHRI has an exciting position available for a Biorepository Intern. The Biorepository Intern will work as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team in AHRI focusing on TB and HIV research. The candidate will report to the Laboratory Supervisor and be based at the AHRI Somkhele site. The incumbent, will be required to perform various laboratory based duties and functions, such as receiving and processing of biological samples, preparing samples for storage and transport, assembly of specimen collection kits and assist with general housekeeping and maintenance of the laboratory, equipment in accordance with health and safety and company policies and procedures and r ISO15189 and or GCLP requirements. The position is based in Somkhele but may be required to work in Durban periodically.


Minimum Qualifications

1. A National Diploma or BSc in Medical Microbiology, Virology or another related and relevant field.

Minimum Experience

1. Minimum of 6 months experience in a biorepository, diagnostic or research laboratory setting.

2. Experience working with a Laboratory Information Management System.

3. Experience in processing, aliquoting and storage of various biological samples.

Skills and Knowledge Required

1. Knowledge of operating in a SANAS accredited laboratory (ISO 15189 or similar) and or Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) compliant laboratory.

2. Registered with HPCSA.

AHRI is fully compliant with South African labour law and is committed to employment equity. This position is open to South African applicants and also valid work permit/visa holders.

AHRI reserves the right in special circumstances to accept late applications or to extend the above date to facilitate further searches. Furthermore, AHRI reserves the right not to make an appointment. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date.

Job Closing Date 27/08/2020

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