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Technical Assistant

Department of Regional NSW - Sydney, NSW

Biotech, R&D, Science
Source: uWorkin

Source: uWorkin


We are looking for a Technical Assistant to be part of the Virology Laboratory within NSW Biosecurity & Food Safety. This is a full-time opportunity, initially for 2 years. Part-time appointment by way of job sharing may be considered for the right person.

  • Be part of a team providing laboratory testing and research
  • Located at Menangle within the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute
  • Salary range from $52,882 to $63,199 + super (based on the Technical Assistant 1-3 Progression Criteria).

What’s on Offer?

As a Technical Assistant, you’ll be:

Working as a member of the Virology Laboratory team at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute;

Part of the wider Biosecurity & Food Safety Division and NSW Department of Primary Industries team.

What you”ll do:

Assist with the receipt and testing of samples from farm animals, wildlife and aquatic animals for evidence of viral infections, Assist with the care of animals and collection of samples, Perform general duties in a laboratory environment.

What you’ll have:

  • a demonstrated interest in biological science
  • a capacity to work in a team environment
  • an interest in biosecurity and disease prevention
  • an enthusiasm to develop new skills
  • outstanding and systematic record keeping abilities
  • qualifications in accordance with Part A, 2 (xv) of the Crown Employees (Department of Industry) Technical Staff Award
  • current NSW drivers licence

And if you’ve got this even better:

  • experience in working with and caring for animals
  • experience with general laboratory duties

What you’ll need to be successful and enjoy this role:

  • an ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines and to work with limited supervision
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • a willingness to work with a range of biological specimens
  • the maturity to take direction and adapt to change
  • a keen eye for and attention to detail

Click here to view the role description.

How to Apply:

Simply submit your application electronically via the online application process, attaching a resume and cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match what we are looking for, and we will get back in you after the closing date.

Closing Date: Sunday 25th April 2021 by 11:55pm

For further information please click here to view the role description or contact Rodney Davis, Technical Manager, via email to [email protected] 

Do you want to know more about this amazing employer of choice?

The NSW Department of Primary Industries, within NSW Department of Industry, works to increase the capacity of primary industries and communities to drive economic growth across NSW.

Within NSW DPI, the Biosecurity and Food Safety Division delivers a risk based approach to policy and compliance, and provides engagement and coordination in response to emergency incidents and natural disasters impacting industries and the food sectors.

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next twelve months.

The Department of Industry is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We promote a flexible and inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team to drive innovation, productivity and the delivery of high-quality services. We welcome and encourage applications from people across our diverse community. We believe everyone has the right to feel safe, respected, valued and heard regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background or disability.