• Student | Laboratory Intern: Algae and Analytical Germiston
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Student | Laboratory Intern: Algae and Analytical Lab (JB1698)

Germiston, Johannesburg

R15 000 per month, negotiable

Duration: Six-month contract (with possibility of extension)


The lab intern will assist in the daily care of algal cultures, including inoculation, monitoring, vessel transfers, weighing, and cleaning protocols and will provide support to senior laboratory staff. This provides an ideal opportunity for work experience within the field of microalgae production and culture optimization.

Minimum Requirements:
The ideal candidate will be studying towards a BSc or BSC Hons in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry.
Previous experience working with hazardous materials, chemicals and laboratory equipment, and knowledge of maintenance of axenic cultures and maintaining sterile culture conditions is a plus
Ability to operate a microscope unaided
Must be computer literate, proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, specifically Excel. Experience with data... collection is a plus
Ability to follow instructions
Good communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Ability to work in a team environment
Discretion when dealing with disclosures of sensitive and proprietary information. This contract will include strict non-disclosure terms.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepare nutrient and chemical stocks for algae production
Perform cleaning and sanitation duties for algae production equipment
Prepare flask, media, and algae production equipment for autoclaving
Inoculate flasks with algal cultures and maintain cultures in a controlled growing environment for scale-up, up to 10 L photo-bioreactors, ensuring sterile and axenic culture conditions
Monitor algae growth parameters in lab and scale-up bioreactors
Perform routine water chemistry analysis and routine measurements for characterizing algae productivity and process yield
Perform microscopic evaluations of cultures
Keep daily records of observations and activities
Assist with research and experiments as needed
Germiston South Africa


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