Technician in Biological Science, Curator of the Microalgal Collection Contrat : CDI

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Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is an institution dedicated to research and innovation in Africa and aims to position itself among world-renowned universities in its fields The University is engaged in economic and human development and puts research and innovation at the forefront of African development. A mechanism that enables it to consolidate Morocco’s frontline position in these fields, in a unique partnership-based approach and boosting skills training relevant for the future of Africa. Located in the municipality of Benguerir, in the very heart of the Green City, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University aspires to leave its mark nationally, continentally, and globally.


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Technician in Biological Science,

Curator of the Microalgal Collection

Location: UM6P Laayoune

Expected starting date: April 1st, 2024.

Contract Type: CDI

Job Summary

The Research Center on Algal Biotechnology (RCAB) at University Mohammed VY Polytechnic (UM6P), Laayoune City, is seeking a highly motivated Technician in Biological Science and Curator of the algal collection. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in supporting research activities related to macro and microalgae isolation and maintaining our collections. This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to scientific research and conservation efforts in the field of algal biotechnology.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage and maintain the algal Culture Collection, including cataloging, organizing, and inventorying microalgal strains.
  • Perform routine maintenance of algal cultures, including subculturing, propagation, and cryopreservation techniques.
  • Monitor the health and purity of algal cultures, ensuring genetic stability and preventing contamination.
  • Implement quality control measures to ensure the integrity and authenticity of the culture collection.
  • Assist scientists and researchers in conducting experiments and investigations involving microalgae.
  • Prepare culture media, inoculate cultures, and monitor growth parameters of microalgal strains.
  • Conduct laboratory experiments, assays, and analyses to support research projects focused on microalgal biology, physiology, and biotechnology.
  • Collect, record, and analyze experimental data, maintaining accurate records and documentation.
  • Collaborate with researchers, scientists, and students to facilitate access to algal cultures and provide technical support.

About the Research Center on Algal Biotechnology (RCAB) – UM6P Laayoune:

The Research Center on Algal Biotechnology (RCAB) is a new component of the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P). It is located in Laayoune City and constitutes a structure of practical-based research with a vision of offering versatile infrastructure for cultivation and conversion of algae based on merging biotechnology, environmental science, and sustainability. Driven by innovation, sustainability, and interdisciplinary collaboration, the center aims to bridge research and practical applications for the development of a large spectrum of applications in agriculture, cosmetical, pharmaceuticals, feed and food industry, bioremediation, climate change mitigation, and renewable energy production.

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Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, or a related field.
  • Previous experience working in a laboratory or research environment, with a focus on microalgae or microbial cultures.
  • Familiarity with aseptic techniques, sterile culture methods, and basic microbiological assays.
  • Knowledge of algal biology, physiology, and taxonomy, with experience in culturing and maintaining microalgal strains.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to maintain accurate records and documentation.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Proficiency in laboratory techniques and instrumentation commonly used in microbiology and biotechnology research.
  • Commitment to following safety protocols and guidelines to ensure a safe working environment for all laboratory personnel. This job description outlines the primary responsibilities and qualifications expected of a biological science technician, curator of the algal collection. Specific duties and requirements may vary based on the institution's needs and policies.

Application procedure:

Applications must be sent using a single electronic zipped folder with the mention of the job title. The folder must contain:

  • A detailed CV.
  • Cover letter highlighting the key qualifications.
  • 3 reference letters
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