A Medical Scientist – Junior (Five Months Contract) vacancy is available at our Client, Wits Health Consortium’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Sandringham, Johannesburg – Gauteng.


Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Limited (“WHC”) is a wholly-owned Company of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa) under its Faculty of Health Sciences. WHC provides Faculty with a legal framework within which to operate the research and other activities necessary to support its academic objectives. In addition, WHC offers a range of products and services to the Academics conducting these activities in order to assist with the management thereof.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is a major global player in infectious disease intelligence. The NICD is a source of knowledge and expertise in regionally relevant communicable diseases to the South African Government, SADC countries and the African continent. The NICD assists in the planning of policies and programmes and supports appropriate responses to communicable disease problems and issues.

Main purpose of the job

  • To perform laboratory diagnostic, surveillance and research activities, including analysis and interpretation of data


  • NICD, Sandringham, Johannesburg

Key performance areas

  • Perform routine diagnostic and surveillance tests
  • Interpret test results together with epidemiological data
  • Interpret test results associated with outbreak investigations
  • Perform tests related to research projects
  • Troubleshooting wherever necessary e.g. identifying and solving technical problems
  • Ensure maintenance is carried out where required
  • Monitor and control stock levels
  • Monitor and control workflows and turnaround times
  • Respond to and report quality control issues to the laboratory manager
  • Demonstrate cost consciousness and assists in meeting budgetary targets
  • Filing of records of worksheets
  • Application and interpretation of results of internal and external quality assessment tests
  • Ensure all tests are validated before implementation
  • Log, label and prepare samples for storage on the electronic PACS storage system

Required minimum education and training

  • Bachelor of Science degree (Honours)

Professional body registration

  • HPCSA Registration as Medical Scientist Intern

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities

  • The successful incumbent must have experience in the below:

– microbiology laboratory and molecular biology laboratory

– nucleic acid extraction from various specimens and microorganisms

– PCR (conventional and real-time PCR)

– molecular subtyping techniques (PFGE, RT-PCR, REP-PCR, MLST)

– whole-genome sequencing (WGS) analysis of microorganisms

– good laboratory practice, quality assurance and laboratory accreditation

– data capture and management of data

– biostatistics and epidemiology

Required minimum work experience

  • Minimum of 22 months (post-university qualification) experience working as an Intern Medical Scientist in a Medical Laboratory


  • Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experienceas mentioned above, you may submit a detailed updated CV – Please Apply Online
  • Please take note that the applicants who do not adhere to the above criteria will not be considered for the respective position.
  • The closing date for all applications is 20 May 2021.
  • Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates.
  • Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications to be unsuccessful.
  • In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.

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