Technical Officer

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Shenton Park, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 16 Jun 2024

  • Grow your Aquaculture knowledge to support the operations of a research laboratory at Western Australia’s No.1 University.
  • Utilise your fresh water marine system skills in a professional working environment.
  • Part-time (0.5 FTE) appointment on a fixed term basis for 24 months.
  • Base salary range (Level 5): $76,422 – $84,705 p.a. (pro-rata) plus 17% superannuation.

About the area

Technical Services provides discipline specific, applied knowledge and skill sets to support UWA’s teaching and research goals in unison with our academic staff. The team operates across a broad portfolio including teaching, fieldwork support, laboratory management, instrument/equipment stewardship, research training/design/optimisation and analysis, program coordination, and workshop design, manufacture, and repair.

The Plant Growth Precincts enable the experimental plant growth and commodity generation for downstream analysis.
This role will be based at the Field Station (located in Shenton Park) consisting of field plots, netted areas, screen houses and OGTR PC2 glasshouses. In addition, this team provides operational support to the Aquaculture facility at the Shenton Park site to help enable University teaching and research activities.

About the opportunity

You will provide a high level of discipline specific technical support to the School of Agriculture & Environment Aquaculture facility ensuring the effective running in line with operating guidelines and provide a high level of support to the teaching and research activities.

You will support the area to help maintain compliance and confidentiality. You will provide a high level of record-keeping, oversight of compliance with animal ethics approved projects, surveillance, and the ability to interact with diplomacy with researchers, industry partners and animal care specialists is necessary.

You will be required to care for and work with, including collecting and trapping aquatic animals for teaching and research.

About you

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or Diploma in Aquaculture or equivalent competency
  • Substantial relevant technical experience at an appropriate level, including controlled-environment aquaria and tank systems for aquatic/marine animals, as well as animal trapping, handling, and transport.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes
  • Highly developed knowledge of managerial practices relating to the care and use of animals in a research environment
  • Demonstrated experience in the care of aquatic/marine animal species.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:   Position Description - Technical Officer (Aquaculture) (517434).pdf

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Robert Creasy at [email protected]

How to apply

Please apply online via the Apply Now button, the content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria. This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

You may submit a statement describing any personal circumstances relevant to your application. This can include academic/professional interruptions or achievements relative to opportunity.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Sunday, 16 June 2024


  • 4 weeks annual leave with the option to purchase more. 12.5 days paid personal/carer’s leave with eligible staff receiving 13 weeks long service leave after seven years.
  • 26 weeks paid parental leave after one year and 36 weeks after five years continuous service, regardless of gender.
  • Salary packaging options and 17% superannuation, with the option to reduce to the minimum super guarantee.
  • 25% off UWA full fee courses, discounted health insurance, and convenient on-campus childcare options.
  • Incremental progression based on 12 months continuous service.

About The University

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong 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.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

• We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
• We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.

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