Job Details

  • Reference number: E210294
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: August 17th
  • Remuneration package: The annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R417 562 and R491 249.

Background to Position

The Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) is an interdisciplinary, soft- ndj funded research unit at the University of Cape Town. H3D is seeking to appoint a Senior Research Scientist in the malaria biology and screening operation on a 3-year contract, starting on 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. This position will be predominantly laboratory-based with the main purpose of providing scientific, technical and organizational support in the malaria biology operation, as part of an interdisciplinary translational research team to facilitate optimization of drug-like properties on drug discovery projects. 

Job Description

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

• Maintenance of stock cultures of malaria parasites and mammalian cells

• Running and troubleshooting biological assays

• Triaging and prioritising samples and workflow for routine screening team

• Assisting with non-routine requests and independently implementing assays from literature

• Operational support such as laboratory logistics and supply chain engagement

• Participate and present work in project meetings and assist with research reports

• Limited after-hours work will be required on a roster basis to maintain culture viability

• Maintenance and troubleshooting of necessary equipment and automated systems

Inherent Criteria


• BSc (Honours) in a relevant biology discipline or minimum 5 years’ related work experience

• 3 years’ experience in executing cell-based assays in vitro


• Experience in a drug discovery team either in a university setting or at a pharmaceutical/biotech company

• Proficiency in modern cell culture and assay techniques

• Knowledge of Plasmodium biology and relevant assays

• Knowledge of Laboratory-based management and database/e-notebook software

Application Requirement

For any further information, contact Dr Dale Taylor:

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Natasha Khan at

- UCT Application Form (download at

- Cover letter stating your suitability for the role

- Curriculum Vitae (CV) Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test.

Telephone: 021 650 3469           Website:

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About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.