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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

The Microbiologist is responsible for the day to day functions in the Microbiology section of Agri Food Laboratory, as well as sample analysis and reporting according to established analytical methods and procedures.

Performing tests

  • Accurate registration, storage, retention and disposal of samples according to prescribed procedures.
  • Preparation of samples and media.
  • Performing routine analysis on samples according to standard methods and procedures
  • Ensure the execution and finalization of method validation plans and associated work as they arise
  • Operate instruments according to specified procedures
  • Maintain records indicating maintenance, working conditions and quality control measures.
  • Ensure good laboratory practices are followed.
  • Adhere to competency training program
  • Perform any other reasonable tasks as assigned by direct line manager and / or Senior Microbiologist.

Planning of tests and evaluation of results

  • Plan activities according to the sample volume and quantities received.
  • Ensure customer service requirements for testing/analysis are met.
  • Monitor and control stock levels of required chemicals and consumables.
  • Adhere to sample turn-around timeframes.
  • Evaluate results against quality control specifications

Method modification and development and validation of new methods

  • Perform analysis and report results required for method and instrument validation.
  • Report shortcomings and deviations to implement and improve new and existing methods and procedures.
  • Ensure the execution and finalization of method validation plans and associated work as they arise

Reporting opinions and interpretations

  • Documenting of all relevant sample information
  • Calculation and record keeping of all analytical results.
  • Report all results on SLIMS and / or designated worksheets.
  • Issue reports and add comments or suggestions when required.



  • The position requires a degree / diploma from a recognized tertiary education facility in the field of microbiology.


  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar laboratory.
  • Training in documentation systems preferred. SACNASP registration as Candidate researcher preferable.

Additional Information

  • Attention to detail
  • Proficient in computer Literacy in Word and Excel.
  • Above average typing skills
  • To operate with minimal supervision
  • Good interpersonal skills towards colleagues, clients & suppliers
  • Ability to work in a high throughput environment.
  • Systematic
  • Thorough
  • Accurate

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