Technical Officer (Biomedical Sciences)

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$76,422 – $84,705 p.a. (pro-rata) plus 17% superannuation
17 Nov 2023
End of advertisement period
29 Nov 2023
Contract Type
Part Time
  • Positions based at UWA’s Crawley main campus
  • Multiple Level 5, part time appointments available on a permanent/ongoing basis
  • Base salary range: $76,422 – $84,705 p.a. (pro-rata) plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

As part of College Services, you will join the Technical Services team. College Services provides academic administration and technical support services to the University’s schools, including Heads of School, academic staff and research students. Technical Services provides discipline specific, applied knowledge and skill sets to support UWA’s teaching and research goals in unison with our academic staff.

This team within Technical Services underpins training and learning across the broad Field of Education of Biomedical Sciences, and may include disciplines of infection and immunity, pathology, pharmacology, pharmacy, biochemistry and diagnostic pathology including the curation of associated resources.

About the opportunity

Reporting to the Scientific Officer, you will provide specialised technical support in Biochemistry to academics, technical staff, and students for practical activities and research. You will also assist in the preparation and demonstration of laboratory classes, with potential involvement in other areas within the team. The role emphasises adherence to best practices in laboratory settings.

Peak Periods

There are three roles being advertised. One position is being offered on a regular 0.9 FTE working arrangement, the other two positions are offered under a specified roster of working weeks in line with peak periods. For these positions, you will be required to work 0.6 FTE during off-peak periods (20 weeks per year), and 0.9 FTE during peak periods only (32 weeks per year). Peak periods run from Week 6 to Week 21 and again from Week 27 to Week 42. While specific dates change year to year, you can expect to work 0.9 FTE from Monday, 5 February to Friday, 24 May 2024 and again from Monday, 1 July to Friday, 18 October 2024.

You will be asked to confirm your preference for either or both working arrangements on application.

Note: All positions require you to fit the physical requirements of the position and some after-hours work may be required.

About you

You will possess applied technical and safety knowledge within the Biomedical science disciplines, with a strong preference for considerable experience in biochemistry and genetics. Experience with tissue culture will be favourably considered. You should also be familiar with general protocols for safely using various chemicals and workplace health and safety measures. 

To be successful in this position, you should demonstrate excellent communication and team working skills. You will also be a flexible and supportive member to your team and academic staff. There will be a strong focus to support teaching from a technical perspective, as well as management of staff, laboratory spaces and equipment.

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Position description - Technical Officer (516068).pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Wednesday, 29 November 2023

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Sarah Power, Manager (Biomedical Sciences), on (08) 08 6457 2833 or at

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.