Technical Assistant

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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Western - Horsham
Reference: VG/020714
Closing Date: 29-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $55,439 - $71,194
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: 020714_AVR VPS 2 Technical Assistant PD_Horsham_PS (2).docx (Word, 120KB)

Contact: Dianne Noy
0428 311 449

Position Details

Technical Assistant

  • Salary: $55,439 - $71,194 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term – 1 year
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Horsham (flexibility may be available)

The Team

The position of Technical Assistant) forms a part of the Agriculture Victoria Research branch within the Agriculture Victoria group.

The Agriculture Victoria Research branch represents DJPR's agricultural research and development function. The Agriculture Research branch provides a discipline-based science and technology delivery function in the following areas: a) Genomics and Cellular Sciences; b) Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases; c) Plant Sciences; d) Plant Production Sciences; e) Animal Production Sciences; and f) Agriculture Resources Sciences.

The Role

Reporting to the Technical Officer – National Lentil Breeding Program, you will provide specialised glasshouse work for the National Lentil and Field Pea Breeding Programs – which are co-invested by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) – and will contribute to a world class, technologically advanced breeding program.

The key accountabilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical support for the national pulse breeding programs under general supervision and within a defined delivery framework.
  • Conduct routine scientific procedures in relation to the pulse hybridization programs.
  • Plan and prioritise own work program to achieve defined targets and use judgement to solve problems in own work program.

About You

You will need a strong fundamental understanding of plant and crop production in conjunction with being self-motivated, well organised and able to innovate and problem solve. You will be passionate about agriculture and have a desire to develop a career in agricultural research and to contribute to world class research and innovation that aims to improve the profitability and sustainability of the Australian grains industry. We offer flexible working arrangements.

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Dianne Noy, Technical Officer – National Lentil Breeding Program on 0428 311 449.

Applicants will be required to comply with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Region's (department's) COVID-19 Vaccination requirements, in line with the Chief Health Officer (CHO) Directions and any other legislative requirements, directions, policies or procedures, including but not limited to any requirement to provide evidence of vaccination status.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.

For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

Please note: If you require an adjustment to participate in any stage of the recruitment process or have a particular requirement to be communicated with by either telephone or email only, please notify the DJPR Recruitment Team at with the position number in the subject line.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 29 September 2022.

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