AHRI: Research Laboratory Technologist

Company AHRI
Published 18/02/2021
Contract Type Contract
12 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
The laboratory studies the immune response to HIV infection. We are particularly interested in viral-host interactions occurring at mucosal barrier sites, such as the small and large intestine, and the lymphoid tissues draining the gut from HIV infected and uninfected participants. We are have over the past 7 years established collaborations with local surgical hospital units, such as gastrointestinal units, which allows us to work with unique human tissue samples central to HIV pathology. We are also collaborating locally and internationally with leading laboratories to apply new technology and relevant research questions. These studies aim to address gaps in knowledge of the incomplete restoration of the mucosal intestinal barrier sites despite successful antiretroviral treatment (ART), and ultimately help guide alternative interventions to restore the gut homeostasis.
Job Functions Chemistry, Physics and Biology,Laboratory Work,Other Research Development, Science and Scientific Research,Research and Development,Science
Industries Ngo / Non-Profit,Research,Science & Technology
The AHRI Research Laboratory Technologist’s main responsibility is to work with human blood and tissue samples from HIV and/or SARS-CoV-2 (co)infected participants. He/She will perform sample processing of blood and tissue, immunology assays such as flow cytometry and cell sorting, molecular biology and biochemistry techniques related to assisting experiments to address the host immune response to infection. These duties also involve careful processing, storage, logging of complex samples and overview of our tissues. There will also be important assistance with state-of-the-art techniques beyond that of standard sample processing and to assist research personnel in executing experimental set-ups. We expect that she/he have flexible working hours around tissue sample processing.
Minimum Qualifications

1. Master’s Degree in one of the following (or related) disciplines: the physical sciences or the biological sciences with basic courses in immunology.

Minimum Experience

1. More than 3 years extensive laboratory experience
2. Prior experience in one or more of the following is an advantage:
a) Understanding of basic immunology
b) Flow cytometry
c) Tissue culture of human primary cells
d) Molecular biology
3. High level of computer literacy

AHRI is fully compliant with South African labour law and is committed to employment equity. This position is open to South African applicants and valid work permit holders. AHRI reserves the right in special circumstances to accept late applications or to extend the above date in order to facilitate further searches. Furthermore, AHRI reserves the right not to make an appointment.

People living with disability are encouraged to apply.

Job Closing Date 04/03/2021