Technical Officer

Bundoora, Australia
11 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, fixed term contract for one year
  • Located at Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
  • $63,424 - $71,423 per annum + up to 17% superannuation

About La Trobe

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. La Trobe University turned 50 in 2017, and over the half century of its existence it has established a reputation as an innovative and accessible university, willing to take risks and take on challenges.  Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through operational excellence to benefit the communities we serve.

This position will be based within the Bacic Lab at the Centre for AgriBioscience (AgriBio), which is a $280M state of the art facility opened in 2013 at the La Trobe University Bundoora campus.  AgriBio is a joint initiative of the Government of Victoria, through the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and La Trobe University.  AgriBio is one of Australia’s premier biosciences facilities, with a key emphasis on supporting and protecting Victoria’s A$11.6 billion agricultural sector by focussing on cutting-edge research to improve productivity; fight disease; and reduce environmental impact.

About the positions

The appointee will be part of the newly established La Trobe Institute for Agriculture & Food (LIAF) team, specifically to contribute to supporting the research of the Institute’s major research themes: Golden Soil, Fit for Purpose Seeds, and Quality Dietary Fibre.  You will perform and develop analytical procedures on samples from biological systems (eg. plants, algae and fungi), including sample preparation and subsequent separation/identification/quantification of carbohydrates by either HPLC, HPAEC-PAD (Dionex) and/or gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

Skills and Experience

  • Completion of a Bachelor degree in Science or Applied Sciences and/or relevant work experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Well developed analytical and technical problem solving capability.
  • Experience with (bio)chemical analyses and analytical instrumentation (eg. HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS, etc).
  • Demonstrated experience in the maintenance of scientific research equipment and facilities, with respect to operations, maintenance and problem solving.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required/desirable for this role.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

How to apply

Closing date:  Sunday, 29 April 2018 by 11.00pm AEST.

Position Enquiries:   Professor Tony Bacic, +61 3 9032 7424 or Dr Monika Doblin, +61 3 9032 7422 or Dr Kim Johnson, +61 3 9032 7471.

This position is open to people with a valid full-time working visa.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and a separate document addressing the Key Selection Criteria located in the Position Description.

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La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact Deborah Dare, Recruitment Consultant on +61 3 9479 1241 or

La Trobe is proud to be a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program to advance gender equality in academia.

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