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Technical Officer, Chemistry & Life Sciences

RMIT University - Melbourne, VIC

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Job no: 593217
Work type: Full time - Continuing/Permanent
Categories: Science, Technical Laboratory Support

  • Full-time, ongoing position
  • Salary Level HEW 5 + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Based at the City campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the College

The STEM College Office Professional staff delivers services to all four Schools across five distinct functions:

  • Student Lifecycle
  • Planning & Operations
  • Technical Services
  • Program Lifecycle & Governance
  • WIL & Engagement

Relevant digital solutions – such as Workday – are used by the five teams to streamline processes and drive operational efficiencies. The Group’s end-to-end professional support ensures a consistent approach to the operational and strategic functioning of the College and adherence to University policies and procedures.

The STEM College Office professional staff are instrumental in providing students with a transformative and enriched learning experience, and in supporting our research and engagement administration activities. Centralised in the College Office, at our City and Bundoora campuses, professional staff members have opportunities to cross-skill, engage in professional development and develop their own career paths.

About You

Under the direction of the Technical Coordinator, you will be responsible for maintaining the day to day operational functions of the Chemistry and Life Sciences laboratories including, but not limited to; preparation, set up and pack down of undergraduate life science and chemistry practicals. You will provide technical advice to users of the laboratories and ensure designated areas are running effectively and safely, in compliance with legislative requirements and RMIT policies and procedures.

Additionally, you will be responsible for maintaining and demonstrating the operation of equipment and instruments where necessary and be actively involved in all areas of the Chemistry and Life Science laboratories to support the adoption and implementation of OHS standards, ensuring delivery of client centric, professional service.

To be successful in this position, you’ll have, but not limited to:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with preparation of a full range of chemical, microbiological, molecular biology & tissue culture media and reagents.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with preparation of diagnostic slides, bacterial, fungal & mammalian tissue cultures, as well as tissue culture cell lines.
  • Demonstrated experience in chemistry laboratories with preparation of solutions, chemical safety knowledge and benchtop analytical instrumentation.
  • Significant experience with, and advanced development of, aseptic technique in a broad range of applications and understanding of physical containment conditions within laboratories.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with molecular biology equipment such as electroporators, thermoregulators, DNA/RNA gel apparatus, gel docs; & other standard laboratory equipment such as microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, pH meters, etc.
  • Demonstrated understanding of current OH&S legislation with knowledge of other field or industry regulations or standards related to the field within the scope of the service area.
  • Proven initiative and problem-solving skills, highly organised, and the ability to work autonomously and in a team.
  • Effective oral, written communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams and with a diverse range of people from various backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of working in accordance to the RMIT value statements or similar frameworks in other organisations.


  • Tertiary qualification in microbiology, molecular biology & Tissue Culture, and/or significant practical experience in these fields.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

Bring Your Whole Self to Work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognised by a broad spectrum of external organisations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

RMIT has a strong dhumbali (commitment) to the employment, development and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a culturally safe environment; we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To Apply

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link below. For further information about this position, please see Position Description below or contact Nigel Curwell via email [email protected]

HEW 5 - Technical Officer, Chemistry & Life Sciences.pdf

Applications close on Sunday, 28th February at 11:55pm.

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RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

Application close: 28 Feb 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time