Chief Technical Assistant - Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch

  • Stellenbosch
  • Salary: Market Related
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Sectors: Technical
  • Posted by Stellenbosch University on Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Reference: AW01/030/0220
  • Apply before Friday, April 3, 2020 - 22 Hours left

Vacancy Details

Employer: Stellenbosch University



Stellenbosch University

Faculty of AgriSciences

Department of Agronomy

Chief Technical Assistant (Five-Year Contract)

(Ref. AW01/030/0220)




  • Preparing the greenhouses fortrials;
  • Daily monitoring of tunnels, trials and feedback;
  • Creating seedlings for trial planting according to trial plans; 
  • Pruning and trellising of plants;
  • Preparing plant nutrient mixtures and recordkeeping;
  • Controlling irrigation and fertilisation according to plant species, growth cycle or trial requirements; 
  • EC and pH of fertilisation tanks of every trial / recordkeeping; 
  • Applying preventative pest control plans according to schedule and prevention / incident;
  • Collecting production data; 
  • Quality assessment and grading products; 
  • General tidiness of greenhouse terrain.



  • Keeping a record of all production processes during trials;
  • Using of pesticides; 
  • Fertiliser stocks;
  • Compiling lists for ordering supplies; 
  • Inventory of chemicals and consumer goods / equipment.



  • In consultation with line manager, organising work programmes in greenhouses. 

Required Skills

  • basic computer literacy
  • organised
  • good communication and reading skills

Candidate Requirements

Job Requirements:

  • Diploma in Agriculture or similar technical qualification;
  • Valid Code 8 driver’s licence;
  • Basic computer literacy;
  • Knowledge of production of greenhouse crops, including hydroponic production techniques;
  • Knowledge of safe application of pesticides; 
  • Good communication and reading skills (in at least Afrikaans and English);
  • Good collaboration within the context of a team; 
  • Independent;
  • Reliable;
  • Organised.


  • Experience of hydropnics / horticulture / agronomy;
  • Valid Code 10 driver’s licence. 
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Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the four top research universities in South Africa. It takes pride in the fact that it has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students of which almost ten percent are international students.

The University lies in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands. The University has ten faculties, of which eight – AgriSciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Theology and the larger part of Economic and Management Sciences - are located on the main campus in Stellenbosch with the Faculty of Health Sciences situated on the Tygerberg campus and the Faculty of Military Science in Saldanha. The University's Business School is situated at the Bellville Park campus.