Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Internship Programme 2022

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified candidates for the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Internship Programme 2021. The full application details for the TIA Internship Programme can be accessed below.

Technology Innovation Agency Internship Programme

The Technology Innovation Agency was created by an act of the South African parliament on 24 November 2008. TIA is an initiative of the Department of Science & Technology that came into existence through the promulgation of the Technology Innovation Agency Act No.26 of 2008.

Duration: 12 Months
Stipend: R 7500 – 8500 pm

Introduction

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.

Specification

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 Bioreactor experience /  fermentation technologies, downstream bioprocessing, microbiology.
002: DNA extraction, Real-time PCR, experience with working in a pathology laboratory for infectious diseases. Registration with HPCSA is advantageous but not a requirement. Mammalian cell culture; Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay; protein purification; protein biochemistry. Trouble shooting or optimization of PCR assays.
003: Routine chemical analysis work, carry out research projects as per customer requirements, Maintain SANAS ISO 17025 accreditation, maintain chemical inventory database and stock taking, general housekeeping.

Requirements

South African unemployed youth, graduates and postgraduates in the following categories / streams are eligible to apply:

  • 001: National Diploma / Degree or BTech / Honours in Biotechnology, Microbiology or Biochemistry.
  • 002: Degree or BTech / Honours in Medical Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Medical Sciences, Microbiology or Biochemistry
  • 003: BTech / Honours in Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry

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.

An agile team member; good written and verbal communication skills; a team builder. Must be adaptable and willing to work shifts.

How to Apply

Apply Online for the TIA Graduate / Internship Programme

Closing Date: 15th October 2021.
Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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