Senior Technical Officer - Recombinant Products Facility

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES
Deadline: 12 Dec 2023

Apply now Job no:521766
Work type:full time
Location:Sydney, NSW
Categories:Research Infrastructure


Why your role matters

The Recombinant Products Facility (RPF) provides services and training in the production and purification of biologics (including proteins, nucleic acids and bacteriophage). The Facility manages and operates state-of-the-art equipment including microbial fermentation, cell culture, mid-stream processing including TFF, process chromatography, HPLC and a range of analytical equipment and operates under an ISO9001-accredited Quality Management System (QMS).

The Senior Technical Officer will provide technical and general support for the Recombinant Products Facility in providing access to high quality research infrastructure, training and the provision of services to industry under an ISO9001 environment. This will involve support in running small scale expression, bioreactors, making media and buffers, chromatography, undertaking a range of assay to characterise the purified biologics. The role will also provide general support to the facility operations such as equipment maintenance, inductions and general laboratory housekeeping. The Senior Technical Officer reports to the Manager, Recombinant Products Facility (RPF).

The Organisation

The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC) is part of the Division of Research and sees the colocation of major research instrumentation in the University in purpose built high-grade facilities for the study of the structure and composition of biological, chemical and physical materials and also includes preparation laboratories, smaller instruments and computing facilities. In addition, MWAC provides the technical/professional support for these instruments. Analytical Centre staff members are expected to contribute to the overall success of the Centre by making a major contribution to Centre initiatives and participating fully in cooperative education and research projects.

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. But what makes us different isn’t only what we do, it’s how we do it. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do.  If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged and do meaningful work, you’re in the right place.

Benefits and Culture: 

UNSW offer a competitive salary and access to UNSW benefits including:

  • Flexible working
  • Additional 3 days of leave over the Christmas Period
  • Access to lifelong learning and career development
  • Progressive HR practices
  • Discounts and entitlements  
  • Affordable on-campus parking

Who you are

You have a relevant tertiary qualification with subsequent relevant experience or equivalent competence gained through any combination of education, training and experience, as well as the following Skills and Experience:

  • Proven analytical, problem-solving, and operational management skills
  • Ability to take initiative when trouble shooting complex technical issues
  • Working with, training and supervising others within a research environment
  • Outstanding organisational and time management skills with demonstrated ability to deal with multiple tasks and projects, establish priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Protein biotechnology, including fermentation, cell culture, gene cloning, protein chromatography and protein analysis.
  • Working under a documented Quality Management System (QMS).
  • Conducting independent laboratory work with limited supervision, as well as a strong attention to detail and a rigorous approach to experiment design and documentation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively in a team including on the same project, collaborating across disciplines and building effective relationships with stakeholders.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal), including a demonstrated ability to liaise with a diverse group of people from varying backgrounds, to interpret and present analytical results, and write reports.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

To apply:  If supporting users of the Recombinant Products Facility is of interest to you, please submit your CV and Cover Letter responding to Skills and Experience nominated in the Position Description via the APPLY button.

Contact:  Shiree Thomas – Talent Acquisition Consultant e: [email protected]

Applications close: 11:55pm, Tuesday 12th December 2023

UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ+ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment. 


Advertised:05 Dec 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:12 Dec 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time



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