Technical Officer, Freshwater Macroinvertebrates

Melbourne, Australia
23 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Melbourne, Bundoora Campus
  • Fixed term until Jan2020- Research Position
  • $61,145-$66,179 p.a + Super

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

The Aquatic Pollution Prevention Partnership research group has been established at RMIT in August 2018 to conduct research on the effects of pollution of aquatic ecosystems and amenity uses of waterways. The research is highly applied to assist water and waterway management authorities to improve their management to lead to better outcomes for the environment. Our major partner is Melbourne Water, although outside this partnership we also conduct research for other agencies.

RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

The Role & Your Responsibilities

The Technical Officer is expected to collect and process freshwater macroinvertebrate samples from several A3P programs, analyse macroinvertebrate data and produce technical reports. The major projects are macroinvertebrate monitoring with Ecology Australia for Melbourne Water's macroinvertebrate monitoring program. Starvation Weir desilting program, the Goulburn River LTIM environmental flow monitoring project and other A3P projects that require the collection and analysis of freshwater macroinvertebrates.

The Technical Officer will contribute to delivering the Research Program of the Aquatic Pollution Prevention Partnership (A3P). The Technical Officer will also conduct field work on water and sediment quality and other field projects as required. The Technical Officer is expected to work collaboratively and collegially with fellow academics within the research team, and update colleagues and students on developments in their subject area or specialisation. The Technical Officer will also supervise day to day activities and field work of post-graduate students as approved by industry partners and the Chief Investigator.

Skills & Experience Required

As the successful candidate, you will have experience in the collection and identification of freshwater macroinvertebrates using standard rapid bioassessment methods. You will possess the ability to work in the field of aquatic environments and learn new techniques for ecotoxicological tests. A significant understanding of data management will be preferred.

A Victorian Driver's License or equivalent is essential.

To Apply

For further information please contact Vincent Petigrove on +61 3 9925 7608 or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 571407.

Applications close on Wednesday 12th December.

Applicants must separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community