• Post Graduate Research Opportunities - University of the Western Cape

    uwcThe Institute for Microbial  Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM) is a leading research unit based within the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Our research employs culture-based approaches as well as cutting edge  ”omics”  strategies to study microbiomes and identify novel biosynthetic gene clusters and metabolites.  The Institute focuses on the research and development of novel,  high - value natural products for the pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical, food and beverage and agricultural industries, as well as products for industrial processes.

    UWC IMBM side

    MSc and PhD POSITIONS AVAILABLE

    1. Expression and characterization of an endolysin from a novel Paenibacillus larvae phage, and its assessment as a phage therapy against AFB disease which affects the Western Cape honeybee, in collaboration with the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij.

    2. Genome sequence analysis of a marine isolates that produce potent activity against the ESKAPE pathogens, in collaboration with academic and industry partners.

    3. Characterisation of anti-cancer activity produced by a marine isolate: a genomic and chemical approach, in collaboration with MEDINA (Spain).

    4. The investigation of bacteriophages associated with Chryseobacterium and their potential in combating food spoilage. Novel enzymes and compounds produced by Chryseobacterium will also be investigated.

    Minimum requirements:

    BSc Hons, MSc, or an equivalent qualification, with a minimum average score of 60% and a major in either Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Genetics. Only South African citizens can be considered.

    Additional requirements:

    Experience and skill in molecular biology techniques; responsibility, reliability, good problem solving, time management, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills, as well as computer literacy are absolute requirements.

    Application Submission:

    Applicants are to submit their CV and covering letter to Prof Marla Trindade:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 9 January 2019.

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  • Post Graduate Research Opportunities - University of the Western Cape

    uwcThe Institute for Microbial  Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM) is a leading research unit based within the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Our research employs culture-based approaches as well as cutting edge  ”omics”  strategies to study microbiomes and identify novel biosynthetic gene clusters and metabolites.  The Institute focuses on the research and development of novel,  high - value natural products for the pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical, food and beverage and agricultural industries, as well as products for industrial processes.

    UWC IMBM side

    TWO POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE:
    1. As part of 2 EU-funded consortia (PharmaSea and Ocean Medicines), this project focuses on marine bacteria shown to produce anti-convulsant, anti-cancer, anti-microbial or anti-inflammatory activities. Through genome sequencing and genetic engineering strategies in parallel with chemistry-guided isolation, we aim to: i) link novel metabolites to the biosynthetic pathways encoding them, and ii) develop over-expression strains for target pathways and compounds.

    2. We are developing a portfolio of biosurfactants for use in a variety of industrial processes. The project involves the isolation and characterisation (chemical, structural and performance) of novel biosurfactants, as well as the upscaling of biosurfactant production.

    Minimum Criteria:

    Applicants must have completed a PhD degree within no more than 5 years in a foundational discipline relevant to the topic. Experience in natural product discovery and genomics is an advantage. Applicants should have a strong publication record, interpersonal skills, project management experience, and be able to effectively conduct research as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

     

    Application Submission:

    The candidate will be under the supervision of Prof. Marla Trindade who holds a DST/NRF Research Chair in Microbial Genomics. Applicants are to submit their CV and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 9 January 2019.

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  • Post-Doctoral Fellows - Plant Biotechnology WITS

    WITS

    Professor Chrissie Rey

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Welcome to SASM

Welcome to the website of the South African Society for Microbiology (SASM)

SASM is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences in South Africa. Its members comprise microbiologists employed in universities, institutes, industry and government as well as student and corporate members. SASM has grown remarkably during the last four years and currently has over 600 members. Eligibility to become a full member of the Society is open to any person who holds at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent in microbiology or related field. Students majoring in microbiology are encouraged to sign up as student members.

Objectives of the society

  • to promote the professional interests of microbiologists, to improve the standing of the profession and to uphold the dignity of an honourable profession;
  • to act as official and representative mouthpiece of members of the profession;
  • to create a channel by means of which the authorities may gauge the opinion of the profession regarding matters directly or indirectly affecting the profession;
  • to promote high academic standards in the training of microbiologists and to proffer advice in this regard;
  • to advise on the professional assessment of microbiologists;
  • to receive and administer membership fees, other funds and donations for the furtherance of the general or specific objects of the Society;
  • to lay down such rules as are deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the Society and the achievement of its various objects;
  • to make awards;
  • to further knowledge in the various microbiological disciplines and all areas in which it may be applied and to create channels of communication between members who share common interests;
  • to promote affiliation with related scientific societies in South Africa and similar scientific societies beyond our borders;
  • to collect and disseminate information on microbiology.