National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) is hiring for Forensic Analyst x9 posts

Job Summary

The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) is hiring for Forensic Analyst x9 posts.

Closing date: 27 February 2024

Location: various, South Africa

Job Purpose

Provide a forensic analytical chemistry service to the judicial system and health authorities on behalf of the NHLS..

Careers at NHLS

The NHLS is a national public entity with the mission being to provide quality, affordable and sustainable health laboratory services, training and research. 

The NHLS has positioned itself as an Employer of Choice in the health professional field.

We are committed to the principles of equity, non-discrimination and diversity enshrined in the Constitution. It aims to employ a diverse staff complement which is of a geographical representation of our society and create equal employment opportunities to all.

The NHLS’s Employment Equity Policy and Plan aims to advance and protect previously disadvantaged individuals by providing opportunities for career advancement, growth, training and development.

Key Job Responsibility

Analyse Samples: ■ Produce analytical results [Toxicology/Food/Blood Alcohol] according to the national norm. ■ To complete a sample which entails the extraction, analysis, data interpretation and processing and final result recorded. ■ Produce analytical results for prioritized Toxicology/Food/Blood Alcohol cases.

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Work according to Quality Control Procedures: ■ Follow quality control procedures (QC charts completed, results checked as required, take part in proficiency schemes etc.) ■ Work according to SOP’s of section (complete logbooks, registers etc.) ■ Present accurate court testimony. ■ To ensure correctness of typed/ LIMS generated report (and statement of compliance for the food section).

Follow Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) – health and safety: ■ Adhere to the requirements of the safety manual, waste disposal procedures and housekeeping requirements of this Laboratory.

Follow Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) – security: ■ Maintain integrity of the work done at the Laboratory by following the security procedures.

Perform Case Related Administrative related duties: ■ Preserve chain of evidence of samples and accompanying documentation. ■ Process raw data using various pre-installed software packages. ■ Compile a case file and submit to the supervisor/mentor for checking the correctness of results. ■ Ensure correctness of reports.

Qualifications and Requirements

■ BSc degree with Chemistry as a major subject or Diploma in Analytical Chemistry (NQF 6). ■ Two (2) years’ working experience. ■ Driver’s Licence

■ Knowledge of the types and uses of analytical equipment such as a gas chromatograph, high performance liquid chromatograph, mass spectrometer, ion chromatograph, spectrophotometer, atomic absorption spectrometer.

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■ Rudimentary computer literacy (spreadsheets, databases, word processors). ■ Sound and in-depth knowledge of analyses of biological fluids in terms of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977, as well as foodstuffs and cosmetics in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, Act 54 of 1972.

■ Health and Safety Act. ■ Good Communication and Interpersonal skills. ■ Facilitation and Presentation skills. ■ Research and Report writing skills. ■ Liaison skills. ■ Analytical skills.

How to Apply

Response Email addresses of the relevant HR representative and or Region is supplied at the end of each
regional adverts. The onus is on the applicant to ensure that their application has been received.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Any credentials of the contract of employment will be subject to criminal record checks, citizen verification, financial record checks, qualification/Study verification, previous employment verification, social media accounts behavior/comments verifications, competency/psychometric assessments, signing of performance contract on appointment, signing of an employment contract on appointment, presentation etc.

All health professional roles may be subjected to further assessment in line with the applicable proficiency
matrix to determine the correct level and or grade.

Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Successful applicants will be remunerated on the published scale associated with the grade of the post.

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This means that the remuneration of an applicant who is successful for a position that is lower than his/her current job grade will be adjusted downward with effect from the date of appointment.

External applicants shall be responsible for all expenditure related to attendance of interviews. This is an open advert. External applicants are welcome to apply for this bulletin. Click/tap on the link button below to download, view all vacancies and apply.


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NHLS February 2024 External Bulletin – Open AdvertsDownload27 February 2024


  • 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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