Laboratory Officer (Dookie Campus)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 05 Mar 2024

Job no: 0061692
Location: Dookie
Role type: 
Part-time (0.6 FTE); Continuing 
Faculty: Sciences

Department/School: The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences
UOM 5 – $79,961 - $91,844 (pro rata for part-time) p.a. plus 17% super

  • Supporting Teaching and Research Excellence
  • Join the Dookie Campus, an agricultural facility of the School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences
  • 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 Laboratory Officer will be responsible for supporting teaching and research laboratories within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Dookie campus.

The Laboratory Officer position entails providing expert technical support to academic staff and students, overseeing laboratory resources, and ensuring compliance with chemical safety standards. Reporting to the manager, the role collaborates with other Laboratory Officers, contributes to project work for process improvement, and assists in developing systems for enhanced service delivery, all without involvement in research activities.

Laboratory Officers are based at the Faculty’s Parkville, Werribee and Dookie campuses. The primary location of the position will be at the Dookie campus, however, the position may be expected to work from and attend other sites and campuses from time to time if required.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Provide technical support for teaching activities by coordinating and maintaining the planning, preparation, setup, and pack down for classes, in particular practical classes in laboratories.
  • When required contribute to the development of practical classes and provide advice on practical student activities in the laboratory facilities.
  • Organise and collect specimens, samples, and materials for practical classes, when required.
  • Provide proficient technical expertise and advice to academic staff and postgraduate students on appropriate procedures, and the use of equipment and reagents, for laboratory, glasshouses and other field-based teaching and research activities.

Who We Are Looking For
You will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, adept at developing service improvement systems and delivering high-quality customer service to diverse individuals. Additionally, excellent written communication and organisational abilities, including meticulous attention to detail and effective time management, will ensure consistent and timely task completion without direct supervision.

You will also have:

  • A relevant degree or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, expertise and experience in scientific procedures and safe operation and troubleshooting of relevant equipment in a teaching or research facility particularly with regards to the application of chemistry and/or biology in the disciplines of plant, animal, microbiological, food or soil science.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in health and safety, especially with respect to chemical hazard management in laboratories, glasshouses and in the field as well as an understanding of good laboratory and field practices including Standard Operating Procedure development and documentation

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 – “The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences“
The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences has a vision of science for flourishing environments and communities. The School brings together diverse discipline strengths to lead the development of new interdisciplinary thinking and high-impact solutions for global challenges relating to climate change, food security, healthy food systems, biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, invasive species, and environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural practices. Our expertise spans biophysical, social and technical sciences, and we support a large cohort of PhD students across these domains.

The Dookie Campus is an agricultural facility set on the tranquil rolling hills between Shepparton and Benalla in Victoria, 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 Kim Groizard at [email protected] , 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 [email protected] , 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

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