Senior Manager: Tissue Culture Laboratory (Expired)

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Senior Manager: Tissue Culture Laboratory

Durban (Durban Airport), KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
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Permanent senior level position in the Agriculture industry.

Posted by Icon Appointments on 08/02/2012 Ref #Diane CJ Ref# 1354178

Job Description

To manage the Tissue Culture Laboratory operations ensuring that plant cultures are produced on a commercial basis according to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols for the specific tissue culture;

To develop new tissue cultures for commercial production purposes and to develop SOPs and protocols for such commercial production.

 Key Performance Areas

  • Production of plant tissue culture according to established SOPs and protocols for commercial purposes.
  • Develop plant tissue cultures that are disease free or disease resistant with the help of different tissue culture techniques.
  • Develop SOPs and protocols for new plant tissue culture.
  • Developing protocols for reducing mortality and contamination.
  • Develop method to reduce existing cost of production of tissue culture plantlets.
  • Implementing hardening methods for plant tissue cultures.
  • Manage Plant propagators and technicians
  • Manage research and seek opportunities for technology and techniques transfer & collaboration with tertiary institutions and other organisations
  • Identify, procure and manage equipment and resources (e.g. growing medium) required for conducting operations optimally
  • Collect, keep and conduct analysis of detailed and accurate data for all operations of the lab.


  • BSc Honours Degree in Agriculture with specialisation in tissue culture
  • Extensive experience in Microbiological and Biotechnological techniques.
  • Experience in managing a laboratory ensuring SOPs and protocols are adhered to, specifically hygiene and sterilisation requirements.
  • Operational and People Management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Analytic, thorough and professional.
  • Organised, patient and reliable.
  • Capable of working on a tight schedule, according to deadlines and without compromising standards and quality.

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