Professional Officer – Laboratory Section

at New South Wales Government - Department of Planning, Industry & Environment - Primary Industries
Location Menangle, NSW, Australia
Date Posted August 24, 2019
Category Government positions
Job Type Full-time
Closing Date 15/09/2019
Salary Salary between $64,799 - $124, 413 pa  plus super (depending on skills, experience & qualifications)
Reference Number 504764
Supporting Document/s INT19_114249_RD_Professional_Officer_Laboratory_Section_DPI_BFS_EMAI.pdf 239.48 kB
Contact Name Dr Cheryl Jenkins, Team Leader Microbiology & Parasitology
Contact Phone 02 46406396


Professional Officer - Laboratory Section

Organisation/Entity: Department of Planning, Industry & Environment - Primary Industries Job Category:
  • Animal Care | Veterinary
  • Environmental | Natural and Physical Science
  • Research and Analysis | Research
  • Research and Analysis | Strategy
  • Research and Analysis | Analysis
  • Research and Analysis | Reporting
  • Environmental | Specialist Manager
Job Location:
  • Sydney Region / Sydney - West
  • Sydney Region / Sydney City
Job Reference Number: 504764 Work Type: Full-Time Total Remuneration Package: Professional Officer Grade 1/4 Closing Date: 15/09/2019 - 11:55 PM

The Biosecurity & Food Safety team (within the NSW Department of Primary Industries) are looking for a Professional Officer to lead the way in relation to updating the delivery of the molecular diagnostic testing functions of its Microbiology & Parasitology laboratories at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute.

What’s on offer:

  • Join a group of professionals who are committed to providing world-class diagnostic testing development and delivery.
  • Be at the front line of NSW’s ability to detect and respond to animal health emergencies.
  • Assist on research projects aimed at disease control
  • Full time, ongoing position located in Menangle
  • Salary between $64,799 - $124, 413 pa  plus super (depending on skills, experience & qualifications)

What you’ll do:

  • Identify, develop, deliver and drive innovation in diagnostic testing and techniques for the EMAI microbiology, serology and parasitology laboratories
  • Provide veterinary clinical diagnostic and research support to the Microbiology and Parasitology section
  • Ensure a coordinated approach to diagnostic testing and the efficient delivery of testing outcomes
  • Be the technical expert and work collaboratively to provide advice to colleagues and clients on interpretation and reporting of diagnostic tests
  • Maintain high-level quality management, ensuring that all testing techniques developed and undertaken meet NATA ISO17025 standards

What you’ll have:

  • a degree in Veterinary Science
  • demonstrated experience in veterinary laboratory diagnostic testing and/or research and development

And if you’ve got this even better:

  • clinical diagnostic parasitology and/or molecular biology experience
  • relevant post-graduate qualifications

What you’ll need to be successful and enjoy this role:

  • the ability to develop and drive changes to diagnostic testing within a laboratory environment;
  • exceptional stakeholder engagement skills with the ability to support a team through change;
  • professional and approachable interpersonal skills
  • superior organisational skills to prioritise work and carry out multiple competing tasks;
  • a capacity to respond quickly to unexpected changes in priorities;
  • outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • proven problem-solving skills

How to Apply:

Simply submit your application electronically via the online application process, attaching a resume and cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match what we are looking for, and we will get back in touch after the closing date.

For further information you can download the role description.

Closing Date:  Applications must be submitted electronically via the online application portal by Sunday 15th September 2019 @ 11:55pm

For further information please contact Dr Cheryl Jenkins, Team Leader Microbiology & Parasitology, 02 46406396 or

Additional Information:

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next twelve months.

The Department of Industry is transitioning into the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment effective from 1 July 2019.

Our commitment to flexible working:
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to explore new ways of working - including part-time, job-share or working from different locations. Everyone can ask about it.

Our commitment to Diversity:
The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.


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