Closing on: Mar 27, 2023

Plant Pathology Research Technician

(Nelspruit, South Africa)

 Citrus Research International (CRI) aims to maximise the long-term global competitiveness of the southern African citrus growers through the development, support, co-ordination and provision of Research and Technical Services. Research on the control of Citrus Black Spot (CBS) and other fruit and foliar and soilborne diseases of citrus is a priority as these diseases can negatively impact citrus production and exports through yield reduction and phytosanitary regulations in certain markets. In order to advance the current understanding of the chemical management of citrus diseases, CRI wishes to employ a dynamic and dedicated disease management technician in Nelspruit. This position will include the following duties: field trials aimed at disease and pest control, trial layout and execution, trial evaluation, data collection and analyses, report writing and general plant pathology laboratory work.

The candidate should have a natural science or agricultural tertiary qualification with Plant Pathology (minimum BSc degree; ideally MSc) and relevant experience (either as part of post-graduate studies or work related) in conventional plant pathology laboratory skills, the application and evaluation of agro-chemicals and be efficient in advanced molecular plant pathology techniques.

The candidate must have an excellent inter-personal profile, be bilingual (Afrikaans and English), have good scientific writing skills and be competent in Microsoft Office and statistical software and have a driver’s license. Candidates with the relevant experience and training will be considered.

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

For more information, please contact Dr Jan van Niekerk (

Please submit your application and CV to:

Me Eloise Coetzer


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: 27 March 2023


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

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