Website ORO Agri

Research Specialist: Microbials

Somerset West

Oro Agri, with their head office in Somerset West, develops and markets eco-friendly and patented crop protection products that are distributed throughout South Africa and the Sub-Sahara region.

This position offers a challenging opportunity for a flexible and well adapted researcher with an appetite for solving industry challenges and developing dynamic solutions to meet the company’s strategic objectives.  Reporting to the Technical Manager: Research & Innovation, the successful candidate will form part of a global team within a dynamic international company.

Key Performance Areas:

  • Managing microbial focused Research Projects with the assistance of the Research and Innovation Team
  • Managing and overseeing Culturing Unit production, quality control and upscaling of microbial based products
  • Executing novel research on microbial products and formulation development
  • Planning, execution and reporting of research findings
  • Managing internal stakeholder interaction


  • MSc Plant Pathology / Microbiology
  • Minimum 10 years’ industry/research experience in the agricultural sector
  • Background in entomopathogenic fungi and Trichoderma would be advantageous
  • Professional knowledge of research standards, practices and equipment
  • Practical laboratory skills for execution of research
  • Well versed in microbial techniques
  • Ability to critically search and analyse information
  • Well-developed verbal and written (report writing) communication skills
  • High level of accuracy, confidentiality and attention to detail
  • Good time management and problem-solving skills


A market-related remuneration package will be negotiated based on experience and qualifications.

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