Council for Scientific and Industrial Research: Bioprocessing Internship Programme 2024

Job Summary

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) invites applications for the Bioprocessing Internship Programme 2024.

Closing date: 21 February 2024

Location: This position is based in Pretoria.

About CSIR

CSIR is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa.

The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

The CSIR has two Internship opportunities in the Textile Testing and Characterisation facility, in the Advanced Polymer Composites Research Group, within the Chemicals Cluster. 

The purpose of this internship is to provide graduates with an opportunity to gain practical work experience through textile testing and characterisation of industrial samples under the guidance of experienced technologists. 

About the Internship

The CSIR has an Internship opportunity in the Bioprocess Development research team, within the Chemicals Cluster. 

The purpose of these Internship is to provide graduates with an opportunity to gain practical work experience through research and development of competitive technologies and innovative products under the guidance of researchers and engineers within cross-functional teams. 

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Under supervision, the Intern will be required to:

  • Analyse and interpret experimental results;
  • Prepare technical reports; 
  • Operate bioreactor preparation (10L to 1000L), monitoring and sampling;  
  • Contribute to the planning of experiments and execute planned experiments;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of standard operating procedures;

  • Contribute and assist with laboratory inventory management;
  • Take responsibility and custodianship of the laboratory;
  • Prepare chemical and biological agents;
  • Conduct routine general microbiology including enumeration of cells and streak/spread plating;

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • An Honours in biotechnology, microbiology or chemical engineering.
  • Must be Computer literate with MS Office Package;
  • Must have a ‘hands on’ approach with respect to equipment operation, and working in the laboratory and pilot facility;
  • Must be able and willing to work shifts (morning, afternoon or night) 
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written);

  • The following skills are required:
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
    • Analytical, methodical, innovative skills;
    • Results driven, self-motivated and a team player;
    • Pro-active and focused;
    • Willingness to learn and work under pressure;

  • Ability to prioritise and have a good sense of urgency and accuracy.
  • All international qualifications require an evaluation report / certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
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How to Apply

Closing date: 21 February 2024


For more info, please email us at Please do-not send your application to this mailbox, it is only for inquiries.


  • Katlego Malope

    Katlego is a final-year student at the University of Johannesburg. Apart from bouncing molecules against each other in the Chemistry lab, she loves curating job opportunites for fellow youth. Katlego is also quite a singer!

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