The department is excited to announce an open Laboratory Assistant Vacancy within the Chief Directorate: Emergency Clinical Services Support, specifically situated in the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology sector at the Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute.

Laboratory Assistant Vacancy Overview

  • Position: Laboratory Assistant (Toxicology)
  • Salary: R171,537 per annum
  • Chief Directorate: Emergency Clinical Services Support
  • Centre: Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute

About the Role:

This Laboratory Assistant Vacancy is not just a job opportunity; it’s a call to those who have a passion for science and a commitment to public health. This role is crucial for the department’s mission to provide high-quality toxicological services, which are essential in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases. As a Laboratory Assistant in this dynamic setting, you’ll be at the forefront of efforts to understand and mitigate the effects of toxic substances on human health, playing a pivotal role in both emergency responses and routine health maintenance.

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness is looking for individuals who are not only qualified but also share the department’s values of dedication, integrity, and excellence. This position offers a unique blend of challenges and rewards, providing a platform for professional growth and the satisfaction of contributing to the health and safety of the community. Whether you’re beginning your career or looking to make a meaningful impact in the field of toxicology, this Laboratory Assistant Vacancy represents a remarkable opportunity to join a team of professionals committed to making a difference in the lives of South Africans.


Candidates interested in this position must meet specific educational and experience requirements to qualify:

  • Minimum Educational Qualification: Senior Certificate (or equivalent).
  • Experience: Must have appropriate experience working in a biomedical laboratory, using laboratory equipment (centrifuges, vortexes, balances, pipettes), handling biological samples, hazardous chemicals/waste, and gases.
  • License Requirement: A valid (Code B/EB) driver’s license.
  • Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, ability to work in biohazardous environments, perform heavy manual tasks, work under pressure, understand basic laboratory equipment maintenance, and possess good interpersonal skills.


The role entails a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Laboratory upkeep and support.
  • Testing support and specimen handling.
  • Managing inventory, facilities, and administrative tasks.

Application Process

  • How to Apply: Applications are submitted online through the Western Cape Government’s health job portal (
  • Note:. Applicants will undergo several checks, including security clearance, qualification verification, criminal records, and employment history.
  • Application Deadline: 04 April 2024

Becoming a Laboratory Assistant in Toxicology is a rewarding career path that offers the opportunity to contribute to the field of forensic medicine significantly. With the right qualifications and dedication, you can play a crucial role in supporting the operations of toxicology laboratories.