Building a nation where quality of life is improved is the priority of the National
Health Laboratory Service.
The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) is a public health laboratory service with laboratories across South Africa. Its activities comprise diagnostic laboratory services, research, teaching and training, and production of sera for anti-snake venom, reagents and media. At the core of the NHLS is next-generation pathology excellence that supports the mandate of the Department of Health.
Free State & North West Region
Grade: Depends on experience
Key Job Responsibilities: • Be concerned with the teaching and training of employees in laboratory skills and health sciences so that they have better skills, knowledge and understanding to provide improved and effective healthcare • Be concerned with basic and applied research in line with the strategic objectives of the NHLS, in order to improve knowledge, provide conceptual thinking and understanding of health-related issues • Be concerned with Research and Development to assess the appropriateness of tests; to improve existing laboratory tests and to develop new tests and techniques in order to optimise and improve the provision of diagnostic and identification of services • Be concerned with identifying and solving applied information technology development and data mining, technical problems related to routine laboratory testing and R&D so that an efficient, effective service is provided; and accurate and reliable research is carried out, operational problems (eg relating to epidemiology and surveillance) so that root causes are understood in order to implement appropriate solutions • Be concerned with the total Quality Management of the laboratory which involves the implementation and monitoring of systems to ensure accurate and reliable results • Be concerned with the application of specialised knowledge to diagnose disorders, diseases and pathogens or vectors of pathogens, and where necessary provide consultation, so that appropriate treatment or control methods can be provided/implemented • Be concerned with research of postgraduate students specialising in the department • Lead the Cytogenetics Laboratory in both birth defects (constitutional genetics), prenatal and postnatal diagnosis and acquired haematology genetics and partaking in fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH) diagnostic tests as part of routine • Be concerned with laboratory accreditation and all aspects involved.
Minimum Requirements and Key Competencies: • BSc (Hons) • HPCSA registration in the relevant category as a Medical Scientist in Human Genetics/Cytogenetics • Extensive post-qualification experience in Cytogenetics • Understanding of testing processes and procedures • Ability to interpret Human Genetics tests • Attention to detail • Informal or small group teaching • Analytical skills • Time management skills • Report-writing skills • Planning and organising skills • Interpersonal skills • Computer literacy.
Enquiries may be directed to Nomusa Sithole at (051) 411-9946
CLOSING DATE: 23 MAY 2018
Applications must be forwarded to e-mail:
Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.
All appointments have to be in line with the Employment Equity plan
of the NHLS. Employment checks and assessments may be conducted.