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Technical Assistant - Metabolomics

Melbourne, Australia
$83,159 - $95,518 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Job Type
Research Related, Other Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

Job no: 0052422
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Science
Department/School: The Bio21 Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology
Salary: UOM 5 – $83,159 - $95,518 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Join a leading metabolomics facility at the University of Melbourne.
  • Deliver exceptional analytical services and expertise.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The Metabolomics Australia (MA) facility at the University of Melbourne is funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) together with institutional funding. The UoM Metabolomics Australia facility is one of the largest of its kind in Australia and provides state-of-the-art mass spectrometry-based metabolomics services to researchers from academia, industry and government and houses a wide range of metabolomics capabilities and instrumentation.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual as a Technical Assistant who will be responsible for delivering analytical metabolomics services and providing metabolomics expertise, knowledge and training to UoM researchers and external clients.  The successful applicant will also be involved in the development, application, and documentation of new metabolomics capabilities and methodologies.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Under general direction from senior staff contribute to MA project delivery, services and its aims of meeting deadlines and key milestones, through the provision of research support activities, including assisting with experiment designs, sample preparation, data acquisition, analysis/interpretation, presentation and documentation.
  • Operate and maintain advanced metabolomics-based liquid chromatography/gas chromatography - mass spectrometers (LC/GC-MS) and/or imaging MS laboratory instruments.
  • In collaboration with other MA colleagues, actively contribute to the maintenance of the facility to ensure optimal operations.
  • Provide high-level technical expertise, advice, assistance and training to clients in the use of MA metabolomics methodology (including experiment design, protocols, equipment and software tools).
  • Develop a clear understanding of the analytical service delivery role of the Metabolomics Australia and actively participate in the delivery of these services to all MA clients by producing and documenting protocols and high-quality data around metabolomics research and analytical methodologies, through working closely with Team Leads and other MA staff, reading relevant literature and attendance at meetings and seminars.

Who We Are Looking For

You will possess advanced computer skills, particularly in metabolomics analysis tools and database searches, and demonstrate the capability to conduct research projects while maintaining meticulous records and documentation under the guidance of senior staff.

You will also have:

  • Tertiary qualification with relevant work-related experience in analytical chemistry and biochemical assays, or equivalent in a related discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in setting up instrumentation (for example LC/GC-MS and/or imaging-MS) as well as development, application, and documentation of new methods and capabilities to deliver high quality metabolomics analysis.
  • Proven ability to set up, monitor, maintain, as well as demonstrate and train others in the proper use of instruments/equipment/facilities and related methods for metabolomics analysis

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – “ Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute)“

The University of Melbourne's Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute) is a multidisciplinary research centre, specialising in biomolecular science and medical biotechnology.

Opened in 2005, the Bio21 Institute improves human health and the environment through innovation in biotechnology and related areas, driven by multidisciplinary research and dynamic interactions with industry. The Institute embraces commercialisation as a facilitator of innovation, skills development and economic outcomes. A key driver of innovation is the Institute's commitment to intellectual property protection, technology transfer and business incubation.

Accommodating more than 800 research scientists, students, industry participants and administrative staff, the Bio21 Institute is one of the largest biotechnology research centres in Australia.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Anna Gradoboeva via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 23 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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