Closing Date: 02 July 2020
Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Duration: 12 Months
Stipend: R 7500 – 8500 pm


Interns will be expected to provide critical technical support to projects that are supported by the Platform that aim to develop commercially viable products for the advancement of the Bio-economy. The internship process would therefore offer an opportunity for the transfer of critical scarce skills to the interns, while providing exposure to bioprocess development, proof of concept stages up to technology demonstration.

Reporting to the Line Manager / designated Mentor, the intern’s duties will entail, amongst others: assist and support research objectives; provide project management / administration support; support laboratory operations and ensure good housekeeping of facilities.


South African unemployed youth, graduates and postgraduates in the following categories are eligible to apply:

  • National Diploma / Degree or BTech / Honours in Biotechnology, Microbiology or Biochemistry.
  • Honours degree in Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology.

Skills / Experience:

General microbiological techniques; scaling up cultivation of microbial cells from flasks to bioreactors. Troubleshooting bioreactor challenges and exposure to product and process bio-development. An advantage would be biochemical method development, e.g. protein assays.

RNA isolation; cDNA synthesis; polymerase chain reaction; agarose gel electrophoresis; cloning and electro-transformation. An advantage would be experience in immunoassays and mammalian and bacterial cell culture.

How to Apply

Apply Online for the TIA Graduate / Internship Programme