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Senior Inorganic Scientist, Executive Level 1, National Measurement Institute


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Employment type:Ongoing
Categories:Executive Level 1

The Chemical Reference Values team is a unit within National Measurement Institute (NMI). The unit consists of a team of 12 scientists who's role is to develop high accuracy reference methods for use in the certification of matrix reference materials and for assignment of values to samples for proficiency tests. The Executive Level 1 (EL1) Senior Inorganic Scientist position reports to the Manager of the Chemical Reference Values team and has responsibility for the production and certification of chemical matrix reference materials and provision of reference values for NMI and external proficiency testing programs.

The position is also responsible for the benchmarking of NMI’s capabilities via comparisons with international metrology institutes. The position is responsible for managing a small team, maintaining quality and safety standards and contributing to the strategic direction of the team.

Our ideal candidate

The successful candidate will have:

  1. a minimum of 5 years’ experience in inorganic analytical chemistry
  2. in-depth experience in the provision of reference values for inorganic analytes in a range of matrices using high accuracy methods, with detailed knowledge of measurement uncertainty and the practical realisation of traceability of chemical measurements
  3. in depth knowledge of relevant quality standards, including ISO 17025, ISO 17034 and ISO Guide 35
  4. high level IT skills, including programming and demonstrated experience in the use of databases. Experience with VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) is highly desirable
  5. high level communication skills and demonstrated ability to produce complex technical reports and deliver presentations to a range of stakeholders
  6. experience in managing staff including the ability to develop and mentor staff
  7. the ability to think strategically and contribute to technical leadership within a scientific team

What you will do

The successful applicant will:

  1. manage the delivery of projects for the inorganic group, with particular focus on the provision of high-accuracy reference values
  2. develop and apply high accuracy methods, especially isotope dilution mass spectrometry and standard addition
  3. commission and maintain sophisticated instrumentation for inorganic analysis such as Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) mass spectrometers
  4. develop and implement work plans to assist with the strategic planning for efficiency improvements and enhancement of high accuracy inorganic analysis
  5. engage with stakeholders, coordinate workshops and represent NMI in international for a
  6. develop and mentor staff driving quality decision making practices and encouraging an inclusive workplace culture.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. In no more than 750 words, provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. You should try and align your application to the job description.

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Raluca Iavetz: Raluca.iavetz@measurement.gov.au 

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at Diversity@industry.gov.au for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact recruitment@industry.gov.au or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please refer to our Applying for a position information.

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