Title Technical Officer at La Trobe University
Salary Higher Education Officer (HEO5)
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Job Information
Technical Officer
Position No:


Organisation Unit:


AgriBio, Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences,

School of Life Sciences, College of Science, Health & Engineering




Melbourne (Bundoora)


Higher Education Officer  (HEO5)
Employment Type:


Full-Time for two years
Position Supervisor :

Position Number:

Reports positions:



Michael Stear, Professor of Animal Biology


As per Organisation chart

Other Benefits:




Further information about:

La Trobe University – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/about

For job enquiries only contact: Michael Stear, Professor of Animal Biology,   TEL: (03) 9032 7448



Technical Officer – Position Description

Position Context


The College of Science, Health & Engineering comprises 9 Schools and 16 Departments across La Trobe’s multi-campus operations. The College offers a range of general and specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are rigorous and attuned to meeting the needs of students in ensuring their readiness to work in changing environments. Our courses are appropriately linked to emerging trends and critical global issues. The College researchers have an outstanding reputation for their innovation and contribution to society and are at the forefront of building strong relationships with industry partners.

The appointee will be for a highly organised team player willing to contribute to all aspects of research in the laboratory. The ideal candidate will have a good honours degree in immunology, parasitology, animal science or a related subject. He or she will work on a project looking at host-parasite interactions, especially the interaction between domestic sheep and the nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta. The aims of the research are to identify the molecular targets of the protective IgA response; to determine the mechanisms of action and to explore the evasion mechanisms used by the parasite. The research will involve a variety of techniques including ELISA, Western blotting, capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, cloning, expression and protein conformation, enzyme kinetics and bioinformatics. The candidate is expected to know some of these procedures and training will be supplied as necessary.

Duties may include:


  • Ensure the timely preparation, and subsequent clean up, of chemicals, consumables and equipment for use in the research laboratories and facilities.
  • Test, calibrate and maintain equipment required in our research laboratories.  Arrange for servicing and repair of equipment if required.
  • Maintain the research facilities as a clean, safe work environment in accordance with appropriate legislation and University guidelines.  Carry out safety audits in labs, maintain safety manuals in labs, ensure appropriate personal protective equipment is available and maintained.  Maintain and keep current the general access first aid kits in labs, OH&S notices and emergency information.
  • Maintain information and databases related to the operation of the School’s teaching and research laboratories/facilities.
  • In consultation with academic staff, provide advice and assistance in the ordering of laboratory consumables and/or analytical equipment.
  • Be responsible for storage and the inventory of chemicals, consumables and equipment for the School’s teaching and research laboratories/facilities.
  • At all times conduct work in a safe manner and comply with OHS instructions, policies and procedures.
  • Undertake other tasks as directed, relevant to supporting the operations of AgriBio.

Key Selection Criteria


  • An honours science degree in a relevant area or an equivalent alternate combination of relevant knowledge, training and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the maintenance of scientific research equipment and facilities, with respect to operations, maintenance and problem solving.
  • High level planning and organising skills.
  • Well-developed analytical and technical problem solving capability.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills to enable effective communication and consultation with a wide range and level of researchers.
  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of the position
  • An excellent understanding and demonstrated experience in research including high level interpersonal skills and the ability to respond to people positively, confidently and with respect.
  • Proficiency in computer software packages such as Word, Excel, Outlook and databases
  • Well-developed understanding of Health & Safety regulations and procedures.


  • Experience working in laboratories in a research environment.
  • A qualification in Level 2 First Aid training
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation applicable to scientific laboratories

La Trobe Values

At La Trobe we:

  • take a world view
  • pursue ideas and excellence with energy
  • treat people with respect and work together
  • are open, friendly and honest
  • hold ourselves accountable for making great things happen.