Senior Scientific Officer in Marine Fieldwork

Sydney, Australia
$77,894 - $85,982
07 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
02 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

In Macquarie's Faculty of Science and Engineering you'll join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration. Encouraged to think boldly, and supported by some of Australia's most outstanding facilities, brilliant minds converge in our faculty to create incredible new possibilities: the world's first attempt to synthesize complex life, the creation of Wi-Fi, the discovery of dancing dwarf galaxies, and the development of blue LED light. Inspired by challenge and opportunity, we look forward to welcoming you as we imagine a new future together.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and talented technical person to join our multidisciplinary team. Working within the Department of Biological Sciences the appointee will provide a comprehensive range of technical and scientific support for students engaged in Science courses (undergraduate and postgraduate). The successful candidate will be part of a team providing technical support in the preparation and maintenance of undergraduate teaching laboratories as well as manage marine fieldwork.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and relevant experience in the field of Marine Sciences including marine fieldwork, experience with snorkel / SCUBA, boat handling, live specimen collecting and housing and will hold coxswains qualification, driver and boat licenses.

For further details on the role and responsibilities please see the position description.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position you must respond to the selection criteria below and attach as a separate document in the application process along with your CV.


  • A relevant degree in Biology or Marine Science or a related area or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience:
  • A current NSW Coxswain's Certificate and Current driving licence:
  • A strong track record of working collaboratively within a team to achieve organisational objectives
  • Excellent technical, administrative and organisational skills including planning, prioritisation, time management and initiative
  • Demonstrated competence in marine fieldwork including the following:
    • Boat Handling experience
    • Snorkel/SCUBA Experience:
    • Live Specimen Collecting and Housing
  • Well developed communication and interpersonal skills including negotiation and the ability to liaise with and provide technical support to a wide range of internal clients and stakeholders
  • A working understanding and application of Health and Safety in a laboratory and marine field work (boating, snorkelling and specimen collecting) environment


  • Current scientific diver certificate or equivalent
  • Experience working in university undergraduate laboratories over a range of disciplines

Appointment Type: Full-time, 1 year fixed-term position

Salary Package: From $77,894 - $85,982 p.a. (Hew 6), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Enquiries: Rekha Joshi, Senior Technical Manager on or phone 02 9850 9266

Applications close: Wednesday, 2 November 2016 at 11.55pm EST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.