Laboratory and Technical Support Specialist
The Laboratory and Technical Support Specialist maintains the Histology laboratory unit and provides histological technical support for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The incumbent provides specialist support and advice to staff and students in the development of projects and coursework requirements involving histology, manages financial operations and ensures workplace health and safety protocols are adhered to.
The Laboratory and Technical Support Specialist ensures all safety inductions for new staff, tutors, volunteers, postgraduate and undergraduate students and visitors including sign off for the college on fieldwork. The incumbent supports the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory (MEEL) specialist and provides technical support for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework within the specialised discipline of Genetics and evolution.
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
The Office of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies provides collaborative leadership with the Colleges and ensures that the Colleges are able to deliver the core business of learning and teaching, research and engagement and contribute effectively to the strategic agenda. The Division office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and also services a proportion of College administrative operations.
The Colleges of the Division include:
- Business, Law and Governance
- Arts, Society and Education
- Marine and Environmental Sciences
- Science, Technology and Engineering
James Cook University
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
- Supervise and maintain the day to day functioning’s of the Histology laboratory, developing and maintaining risk management plans, instigate and assist with regular WHS audits, conduct laboratory inductions for all users, staff, students and visitors and develop and maintain an induction register.
- Provide specialist advice, demonstrate and train laboratory users on histological techniques, microscope use and laboratory equipment in undergraduate practical classes including training and supervisionof casual research assistantsand preparing and maintaining training manuals for laboratory users and assisting with preparation of risk assessments for projects and activities.
- Oversee the Histology laboratory’s finances including advice on appropriate purchases, develop pricing and consumable/equipment cost recovery models as part of providing a histological service to external users including AIMS, Museum of Tropical Qld, University of Tasmania & University of Ballarat and maintain laboratory stock levels, purchase orders, receipts and expenditure..
- Implement and maintain the Histology Laboratory Hazardous Chemical Register and Safety Data Sheets and as Dangerous Goods Officer advise on packaging of dangerous goods (including specimens) and sign off on paperwork enabling staff and students to transport goods nationally and internationally.;
- Maintain all laboratory equipment, including microscopes, coordinate service checks on equipment and liaise with the Team Leader, Laboratory and Technical Support as required to ensure the laboratory is working properly and safely assisting the Division in rationalising WHS procedures and protocols to ensure consistency across all disciplines.
- Assist the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory (MEEL) specialist with the day to day running of this laboratory and provide technical support for undergraduate and postgraduate students within the specialised discipline of Genetics and evolution.
- Co-ordinate the Postgraduate MB5370 Techniques in Marine and Tropical Biology subject, organise lecturers and timetable,set up and teach practical sessions including specialised histological techniques and prepare and grade exam questions, practical assessments relevant to histology and update the laboratory manual after each semester.
- Maintain current knowledge of Workplace, Health and Safety (WHS) legislation and related matters to ensure adherence within the laboratory, including appropriate signage and standard operating procedures are in place and followed, required risk assessments are completed and providing instruction as required on the safe use of the laboratory and equipment.
- Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the University values and Divisional attributes.
- Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.
There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:
Professional and Technical
There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.
- The Laboratory and Technical Support Specialist is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
- The Laboratory and Technical Support Specialist is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
- The Laboratory and Technical Support Specialist is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.
- It is a requirement of this position to hold a current First Aid Certificate.
- It is a requirement of this position to hold a current ‘C’ Class Queensland drivers license.
Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.
- Degree qualification with subsequent experience in a histology laboratory; or extensive experience and specialist expertise or broad knowledge in technical fields; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and/or training.
- Demonstrated experience working as a lab supervisor, with a proven ability in specimen preparation for histological sectioning, including paraffin, frozen and resin work and preparation of cytological samples, including staining and interpretation.
- Proven ability in the use of special staining techniques, general knowledge of chemicals including proven ability in developing safe practices for solution preparation, safe use and storage of chemicals.
- Demonstrated experience and understanding of WHS legislation and practical application in delivering a safety compliant work and learning environment to achieve tasks and improve safety performance.
- Demonstrated excellent organisational skills and time management, with the ability to manage own workflow and priortise to ensure deadlines and targets are met.
- Demonstrated significant problem solving skills and proven ability to make decisions and clearly communicate such information to stakeholders.
- Detailed experience with handling preparation of samples from a variety of origins. Aquaculture, Marine Biology, Botany and Zoology.
- Certificate IV qualification in Workplace Health and Safety or the ability to obtain.