Technical Officer (Materials & Environmental Analysis)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Crawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 11 May 2022

Job no:509445
Work type:full time
Categories:Technical/Laboratory support

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Technical Services

  • Full time, ongoing appointment
  • Salary range: Level 5 $72,531 - $80,391 p.a. plus 17% superannuation  

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University. 

About the team  

The Materials and Environmental Analytical Platform enables the chemical analysis and physical characterisation of a variety of environmental materials including geological materials, soil, water and biota. In addition, this platform houses the Petrographic Preparation Facility, enabling the preparation of geological and other mineralised material for microscopic examination and the UWA X-ray Diffraction Facility catering for mineralogical analysis and structure determination using powder diffraction and single crystal diffraction instrumentation. This platform provides a resource for both research staff and research students in the form of access, training and sample analysis service.

About the opportunity  

In this position, under general direction, you will provide a high level of discipline specific technical support to academics, technical staff and students for any practical activities or research productivity.

You will be required to conduct high quality elemental analysis of soil, water and plant material to support research and academic activities. You will operate, train and supervise users in the safe operation of analytical instrumentation, relevant protocols, procedures and preparative techniques.

In addition to the key responsibilities listed in the position description, you will also proactively maintain laboratory equipment, maintain stocks of, and purchase chemicals and consumables to support analytical activities. You will be expected to prepare and verify calibration solutions for a variety of instrumental techniques, as well as prepare detailed method statements and standard operating procedures as required, while modifying methodologies to suit novel sample types. You will follow principles of good laboratory practice and maintain and encourage a pro-active attitude to safety in the workplace at all times.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate: 

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or demonstrated equivalent competency 
  • Substantial relevant technical experience at an appropriate level  
  • Experience in implementing a range of policies and procedures to support teaching and research from a technical and scientific perspective 
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills  
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines 
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team 

This position will require you to hold a current ‘C’ class manual driver’s licence.

About you  

You will be a motivated individual and a team player who enjoys providing technical support and service to a range of stakeholders and students. You will have a good eye for detail and possess experience in the use of modern instrumental analytical techniques for elemental analysis. You will have a keen interest to learn and an innovative and flexible approach in working. Experience in nutrient analysis using Lachat flow injection instrumentation, anion analysis using ion chromatography, elemental analysis using ICP-OES as well as other wet chemical techniques for water quality analysis is highly desirable.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:   PD - Technical Officer (Materials & Environmental Analysis) 509445.pdf

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria. 

Closing date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button. 


UWA has in place a temporary COVID-19 Premises Access Direction to help protect the University community’s health and safety. This means you will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status (or have a Vaccination Exemption Statement) as a condition of entry to all UWA buildings and enclosed outdoor structures.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity 

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050. 

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered. 
  • UWA has been awarded Bronze Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021). 
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.    

Advertised:27 Apr 2022 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:11 May 2022 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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