Expired on: Mar 24, 2023


Diagnostic Centre, Citrus Research Centre, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

Citrus Research International (CRI) aims to maximise the long-term global competitiveness of the southern African citrus industry through the development, support, co-ordination and provision of Research and Technical Services. An important part of the technical services provided to the citrus industry, is the provision of a high-quality pest and disease diagnostic service at the Diagnostic Centre in Nelspruit. Services provided include the identification and detection of soilborne and fruit and foliar pathogens using traditional and molecular identification techniques, fungicide resistance testing and pathogenic nematode analyses from citrus roots and orchard soil. In the position of diagnostician, CRI wishes to employ a dynamic and dedicated person that has a passion for plant pest and disease diagnostics. This position will focus on maintaining and improving the current diagnostic services as well as development of further diagnostic services as needed by the industry. Duties will also include supervising the operations and staff of the Diagnostic Centre.

The candidate should have an agricultural tertiary qualification in plant pathology or nematology (minimum MSc degree) with relevant experience in plant pest and disease diagnostics. The candidate should also have a good inter-personal profile, be fluent in Afrikaans and English, be well organized and be competent in Microsoft Office and statistical software and have a driver’s licence. Experience in the following skills are strongly recommended

  1. Molecular pest and pathogen diagnostic techniques
  2. Application of traditional plant pathology techniques for the identification of plant pathogens
  3. Identification of oomycete pathogens
  4. Counting and identification of plant parasitic nematodes, specifically the citrus nematode


CRI offers a favourable working environment and a competitive remuneration package.

 Please submit your application and CV to:

Me Eloise Coetzer

e-mail: jobapplications@cri.co.za

Phone: 013 759 8000

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged. If you do not receive any further communication within 2 weeks of the closing date, please view your application as unsuccessful.

Closing date for applications: 24 March 2023


Job Category: Research
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Nelspruit
Job Title: Diagnostician
Contact Person: Ms. Eloise Coetzer
Contact Number: Phone: 013 759 8000
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