Technical Assistant (2 positions)

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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Gippsland - Various
Reference: VG/021345A
Closing Date: 26-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $55,439 - $71,194
Job Duration: 30/6/23
Attachments: 021345 TA_VPS 2_Aug2022 (1).docx (Word, 124KB)


Contact: Joe Jacobs
0427 947 692

Position Details

Technical Assistant (multiple positions)

  • Salary: $55,439 - $71,194 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term to 30 June 2023
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Ellinbank (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 innovation (R&I) 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 Research Scientist, you will provide technical support for research projects within the DairyFeedbase program and other research programs based at the Ellinbank SmartFarm. The appointee will provide technical support to research projects that focus on improving the profitability of pasture based dairy systems and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems. The appointee will also contribute to other associated dairy research projects and activities at the Ellinbank SmartFarm including programs to demonstrate all aspects of the SmartFarm.

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

  • Provide technical support to research projects, including the implementation of protocols, taking measurements, processing samples and undertake analysis of experimental data as required, including contributing information for the preparation of technical reports (using Microsoft Office and other programs).
  • Perform routine and research pasture and animal measurements and husbandry techniques according to standard operating procedures and animal ethics requirements.
  • Operate and maintain state-of-the-art research and farming equipment and technologies in a safe manner as outlined in standard operating procedures.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will have knowledge of, or experience in assisting in the conduct of pasture, animal and greenhouse gas mitigation experiments along with knowledge of, or experience in undertaking routine farm practices.  If you can demonstrate ability to collect, manage and maintain data and undertake quality control of experimental data, then this could be the position for you.

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Joe Jacobs, Research Director – Animal Production Sciences on 0427 947 692.

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 recruitment@ecodev.vic.gov.au 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 26 September 2022.


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