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  • Full-time temporary role for 2 years
  • Location: DPIElizabeth Macarthur Agriculture Institute (EMAI), Menangle, Sydney orWagga Wagga Agricultural Institute (WWAI)
  • Salary: (Professional Officer Grade 5) The salary range for this position is $128,473pa to $131,039pa (commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience) plus superannuation

Department of Regional NSW is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

We?encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability.We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We?provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.

In your role as Technical Specialist,you will be a dedicated scientific resource that underpins two state-of-the-art laboratories and their associated equipment, responsible for the effective and efficient use of the infrastructure in DPI’s Advanced Gene Technology Centre (AGTC) and building capacity amongst the user group.

In your new role as Technical Specialist, you will:

  • Manage the implementation, use and administration of the laboratory and its equipment for both internal and external users, instigating timely and effective troubleshooting actions as required.
  • Provide accurate and timely technical advice and leadership to staff in using the equipment, troubleshooting issues and analysing results, ensuring seamless integration of the AGTC into DPI’s research portfolio and expediting delivery of outcomes.
  • Provide technical leadership and develop systems to co-ordinate and monitor the accessibility and servicing of all infrastructure, plant and equipment to ensure compliance with Quality Management Systems, standards, biosafety and workplace health and safety (WHS) requirements
  • Develop, monitor and manage a framework to co-ordinate access to the infrastructure, including equitable distribution of costs for repairs and consumables
  • Undertake and co-ordinate maintenance, accounting for skill level and available staff; engage and brief maintenance contractors to ensure the delivery of agreed outcomes
  • Provide accurate and timely information and advice to management on long term maintenance requirements and the replacement of plant and equipment, including identifying risks and recommended risk mitigation
  • Comply with work standards according to the level of appointment in the Professional Officer Merit Progression Guidelines
  • Identify and consult with Manager Science Strategy on any potential opportunities identified that could attract external co-investment into the AGTC.

You will also supervise and/or coordinate staff, contractors and external partners if appropriate, to ensure equitable access to the resources for all projects teams.

What You’ll Have:

  • Qualifications in accordance with Part 2 (xviii) of the Crown Employees (Department of Industry) Technical Staff Award
  • Valid driver’s license
  • A comprehensive understanding of new and emerging genetic technologies and the equipment and approaches deployed in delivering research and diagnostic solutions
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively transfer highly technical knowledge to other scientists as they develop their own capacity.
  • Experience in coordinating laboratory facilities and state-of-the-art equipment

In addition, the successful candidate will be able to:

  • balance competing demands and deadlines in a fast paced, constantly changing environment and across two physical locations
  • stay up-to date with latest genetic technologies and their uses
  • make efficient use of all facility related equipment’s
  • manage expectations of staff, contractors and stakeholders

For further information about the role please contact Deborah Hailstones at

Alternatively click here to view the role description.

What’s on Offer?

  • We value our people. Work is meant to be enjoyed! We believe in a flexible and relaxed working environment allowing people to operate in a manner that cultivates a friendly culture and reduces stress levels.
  • A culture of ambition, support, and inclusivity. We are passionate about what we do, and we want to work with those who share that same drive. We promote an open-door policy and encourage collaboration between all staff.

Applying is Easy!

To apply simply attach a current resume (of no more than five pages) plus a cover letter (no more than two pages) which demonstrates how your previous experience and capabilities make you an ideal candidate for this role.

Closing Date: Sunday 29th August 2021 at 11:55pm

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 eighteen months. If you are viewing this advertisement on LinkedIn, please click ‘Apply’ to access more information about this role via the I Work for NSW website.

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