Closing Date: 09 June 2013

CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) unit conducts world-class, directed inter-disciplinary research and technological innovation, with partners and stakeholders, in the field of natural resources and the environment to contribute to the social, economic and environmental improvement of South Africa and Africa.

NRE is looking for an Intern to work in the fieldof ecotoxicity testing of nanomaterials in aquatic environments environmental where the incumbent will work in a scientific team with multidisciplinary training and experience. The incumbent will be expected work under a considerable degree of independence under the guidance, mentorship, and supervision of senior scientists in the Nanotechnology Environmental Impacts Research (NEIR) group.

About the NEIR group

The group’s research focus is to understand and also in the long term mitigate the potential impacts of nanotechnology-based products and materials in the environment through use of experimental and modelling techniques. In addition, the group has a strong focus on human capital development as well as creation and dissemination of new scientific knowledge. As part of its activities, the group has established research collaborations with national and international partners. The incumbent will join NEIR.

Key responsibilities:

Be able to demonstrate competence in one of the following identified priority research areas:

  • Undertake nano-ecotoxicity testing with minimal supervision.
  • Undertake chemical calculations in order to prepare experimental chemical solutions such buffers and experimental media.
  • Undertake the maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment.
  • Coordinate the ordering and maintenance of laboratory consumables.
  • Undertake the maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment.
  • Gather, organise and analyse data using various tools in a format suitable to generate scientific outputs such as; journal articles, conference and symposium papers, and technical reports.
  • Interact with researchers in the group as this will aid in understanding the dynamics of this emerging domain of research.
  • Work independently, but under supervision of senior researchers in the group.

Qualifications, skills and knowledge:

  • BSc (Honours) in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology or any field with a chemistry background.
  • A broad understanding of toxicity testing.
  • Ability to write technical reports.
  • Ability to work in teams (team player).
  • Ability to make scientific/technical presentations.
  • Ability to report scientific findings.
  • Ability to store data in formats for analysis.

How to Apply

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