Technical Officer, Marine Geochemistry

Hobart, Australia
03 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

The College of Sciences and Engineering (CSE) was formed on January 2018 and incorporates the School of Technology, Environments and Design, School of Natural Sciences, Australian Maritime College (AMC), Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA). The College provides world-class research and teaching, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University's Hobart, Launceston, Sydney and Cradle Coast (Burnie) campuses.

The Technical Officer, Marine Geochemistry will support research in the area of marine geochemistry with the Oceans and Cryosphere centre within the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.

In this role you will:

  • Manage ordering and inventory of laboratory consumables
  • Assist to establish and implement protocols that ensure a safe working environment, and compliance with safety standards, including for radiation, nuclear material, and hazardous chemicals.
  • Assist in compliance of Quarantine regulations, including documentation, sample inventory, and disposal.
  • Ensure proper functioning of laboratory equipment
  • Assist with routine laboratory tasks such as washing plasticware, distilling acid, and maintaining a clean and efficient laboratory environment.
  • Train students and visitors in the preparation and analysis of samples, including freeze-drying and crushing of marine sediment, microwave digestion, chemical purification by ion-chromatography and biogenic silica determination.
  • Assist with the preparation and analysis of samples

To be considered you will have:

  • Honours degree or equivalent tertiary qualifications in chemistry or a closely related field such as chemical engineering or geochemistry.
  • Technical experience working in a laboratory, including method development, equipment maintenance, and management of chemical and sample inventories.
  • Exceptional organisational skills including demonstrated well-developed skills in laboratory record keeping and writing.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and a demonstrated capacity to act independently within established guidelines, using sound judgement.
  • Ability to work effectively with scientists with a range of experience levels and from diverse backgrounds.

Based in Hobart, the appointment will be offered on a part-time (60% FTE), fixed-term 3 year (end July 2021) basis.

Appointment to this role will be at HEO Level 5 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $87,190 comprising a base salary within the range of $65,021 to $74,521 plus 17% superannuation.

For further information regarding this position please contact Associate Professor Zanna Chase, Chemical Oceanography on 61 3 6226 8596 or email

Applications must as a minimum include a résumé, a cover letter and responses to the position criteria which are identified in the position description. Applications for this position should be made via the University of Tasmania website at

The closing date for applications is 15 July 2018.