Laboratory and Technical Support Assistant

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Location
Townsville, Australia
Posted
20 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Jul 2018
Ref
16408
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The Laboratory and Technical Support Assistant, Biomedicine supports the fundamental components of the undergraduate and postgraduate facilities in the biomedicine academic group, with the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. The Laboratory and Technical Support Assistant provides assistance in the day to day operation of the biomedicine teaching and research laboratories and facilities including assisting staff and postgraduate students with research and teaching commitments under the direction of the Team Leader, Laboratories and Technical Support (Biomedicine).

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Office of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine 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:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Science

As part of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Sciences. Working in a collaborative leadership model with the Office of the Division, the other Colleges and the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences contributes to advancing the strategic agenda and to strengthening partnerships and engagement.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University  

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Provide technical support to the teaching and research biomedicine laboratories including the preparation and decontamination of glassware, plasticware, laundering of personal protective clothing and autoclaving.
  2. Perform general maintenance of the biomedicine preparation laboratory, research and teaching laboratories including the operation and scheduling maintenance of the distilled water units, ovens, and autoclaves.  
  3. Perform the maintenance and audits on spill kits and safety showers within the various teaching and research laboratories including SDS record keeping and updating. 
  4. Manage the biomedicine consumable store including the ordering and maintaining of consumables, teaching materials and resources required for teaching and research activities including completing monthly funds transfers and billing. Assist with obtaining quotes and purchasing replacement equipment and consumables for the biomedicine teaching and research laboratories.
  5. Provide daily assistance in the animal husbandry, care and maintenance of the aquaculture teaching and research facilities, under the guidance of the Laboratory and Technical Support Scientist managing the aquaculture facilities; ensuring the facilities are maintained to the highest standards of animal general health and wellbeing with adherence to Care of Usage guideline and animal ethic policies.  
  6. Provide Assistance in the preparation of undergraduate practical classes including the setting up and clearing away of practical classes, restocking of laboratory consumables and cleaning of teaching spaces.
  7. 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.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  9. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Descriptors

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Professional and Technical

Level 4

Generic Accountabilities  

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.  

  1. The Laboratory and Technical Support Assistant, Biomedicine 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.
  2. The Laboratory and Technical Support Assistant, Biomedicine 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. 
  3. The Laboratory and Technical Support Assistant, Biomedicine 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.

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to hold a current Queensland Driver’s License
  • It is a requirement of this position to be Q fevered vaccinated or show immunity
  • It is a requirement of this position to hold and maintain a Senior First Aid Certificate

Selection Criteria 

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

Essential

  1. Certificate or diploma qualification in Applied Science, Biomedicine or Science field with relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education and/or training.
  2. Demonstrated sound knowledge and understanding of Workplace Health and Safety regulations, infection control principles and systems, including how these are applied in a laboratory environment.
  3. Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills with experience using Microsoft Office and proven ability to maintain accurate record keeping.
  4. Proven ability to work in a team environment or independently to achieve shared objectives.
  5. Demonstrated initiative, organisational skills, and willingness to learn procedures and techniques as they apply to the laboratory function.​

Desirable

  1. Well-developed interpersonal and social skills, with a demonstrated ability to liaise successfully with a diverse range of people.
  2. Demonstrated experience with the care and handling of animals and aquaculture based practices.
  3. Demonstrated experience in working in physical containment laboratories (PC2), with an understanding of laboratory processes and techniques.