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Research Assistant - Creating Bio-packaging Materials

Victoria University - Werribee, VIC

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Research Assistant
Creating Bio-Packaging Materials

HEP 5 $67,921 - $78,018 per annum (pro rate) plus 17% employer superannuation contributions. This is a part-time (negotiable hours per week), fixed-term position ending October 2022.

  • The position is located at our Werribee Campus and may require travel for field and laboratory work at our Footscray Park Campus.
About the role

Victoria University is committed to being a champion for planetary health. As a part of that commitment, we are undertaking extensive research related to single use packaging waste mitigation through optimised design and material replacement.

The role of the incumbent for this position is to help develop novel materials from agricultural waste and by-products for packaging applications. This will include assisting in the development of processes to convert agri-waste material into functional packaging such as films, boards and cushions. In addition, the physico-mechanical and end-of-life characteristics of the new materials will need to be evaluated.

The role will include laboratory, scientific and administrative duties and will require the incumbent to work closely with a range of staff including research fellows and other research assistants.

Candidates applying for the position are required to have completed at least 3 years of a Bachelor Degree in Engineering or Science (materials / polymer / chemical / mechanical engineering or science preferred) with experience and competence in laboratory-based work. Candidates with a post-graduate degree are encouraged to apply.

About the person
Our ideal candidate will have:
  • a commitment and interest in planetary health, particularly in the area of waste mitigation
  • a rudimentary understanding of fundamental chemistry and/or the evaluation of the mechanical properties of materials
  • some experience in undertaking laboratory-based tests
  • experience working within a team

Duties you may be required to perform will include:
  • Provide technical, scientific and engineering support for the project.
  • Providing administrative support for the project.
  • Maintaining communication with stakeholders both internal and external.
  • Liaising effectively with organisational units and staff beyond the immediate unit to gather information, stay informed and contribute to the team.
  • Assisting in the organisation and advertising of various events as required.
  • Attending all research project meetings.
  • Identify, assess, prioritise and control risks to the health and safety of staff, students, visitors and contractors to the environment arising from the operation of the area under their responsibility, and ensure that a safe system of work is developed and followed through appropriate training, supervision and monitoring in line with the annual OH&S Plan.
  • Salary sacrifice options
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements available
  • Paid study leave
  • On-site gym
How to apply

For a position description please click .

Applications must be submitted as a single document comprising:
  • A cover letter
  • Your curriculum vitae/resume, and
  • Your responses to the selection criteria listed in the position description.
Note: Applications which do not address the selection criteria will NOT be considered.

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