The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and offers financial and non-financial means to support the development of new technologies and innovations, thereby stimulating economic growth in the country. It provides key resources to enable the translation of research and development to commercial prospects.
The Bioprocessing Platform is a non-financial instrument of TIA and offers technical and infrastructural support to innovators and entrepreneurs to enable technology development. The Platform provides holistic support to the Bio-economy by offering a unique combination of technological capabilities encompassing diagnostics, analytical services and bioprocessing within a single facility
JOB FUNCTION AND INDUSTRY
INTERN: Science & Technology
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:
001:National Diploma/Degree or BTech/Honours in Biotechnology, Microbiology or Biochemistry. 002:Honours degree in Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology.
001: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.
002: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