Job Details

  • Reference number: E220166
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: March 24th
  • Remuneration package: The annual cost of employment, including benefits is between R547 299,00 and R 643 880,00

Background to Position

The Department of Pathology invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for appointment to a permanent position as Operations Manager. The position will provide overarching resources to co-ordinate joint activities in the Department. This is a full-time position requiring co-ordination of multiple components and continuous monitoring of all processes set in motion. The main purpose of this position is to provide specialist support services in a diverse team responsible for the administrative, financial, HR, marketing, communications, logistical and /or operational functions within a large academic department.

Job Description


  • Design and implementation of cross-disciplinary projects within the Department of Pathology.
  • Manage the Departmental Policy for Department-wide ICTS services.
  • Catalogue and manage the inventory of shared resources between Divisions in the Department.
  • Identify training courses and programmes that can be offered to all Divisions in the Department.
  • Support training programmes (e.g. Hons), including Seminars and workshops that are offered across disciplines in the Department
  • Create and maintain a standardised list of SOPs for processes and procedures within the Department.
  • Provide support for project leaders and students with development and implementation of research project proposals
  • Engage with each Division towards providing an updated web-site for the Department

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for the job:

  • MSc (in Biomedical Sciences or equivalent; NQF9) and Experience in Research Administration
  • 2 years directly relevant working experience in a University environment.
  • Strong writing skills to be able to write project proposals and research reports; informatics (competent with databases and spreadsheets, and other software packages).
  • Proven experience of institutional administration (e.g. UCT research administration), working knowledge of financial and staff management.
  • Must be technically competent, meticulous and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have demonstrable above-average communication skills and be able to problem solve and show high levels of independent thinking. The following will be advantageous:
  • Experience in Project Management and Research Planning would be a benefit.• Demonstrable bioinformatics skills.

Application Requirement

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

  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • Motivation letter that speaks to the specific requirements of the position, and
  • 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 assessments.

Telephone: 021 650 3003                                    Website:

Reference number: E220166                             Closing date: 07 April 2022

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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.