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Technical Officer (Vpsg3)

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established to ensure Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we're making sure Victoria's economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

Our work supports a range of diverse portfolios and operates across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We also oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.

  • $70,791 - $85,956 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term, 12 months
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Bundoora (flexibility may be available)

Your Role

Technical Officers in the Molecular Genetics team support projects that aim to understand the genes and molecular mechanisms underlying trait variation in crop and animal species important to the agricultural sector. The role of this position is to participate in research that applies next-generation genetic and genomic technologies and molecular breeding tools to crop improvement, primarily wheat and barley, followed by pulses, eucalyptus, pine, safflower, canola and forage grasses.

Primary duties and responsibilities include performing techniques for trait dissection based on next-generation DNA/RNA sequencing, genotype-by-sequencing, Infinium iSelect SNP assay, and quantitative and digital droplet PCR. The role primarily involves performing wet-chemistry and may require some data processing and analysis.

Your Skills

  • Experience in a high sample throughput laboratory in which a range of molecular genetics and genomics techniques were applied, including the use of liquid handling robotics.
  • Knowledge and experience in methods for second-generation sequencing and high-throughput genotyping technologies.
  • Ability to organise tasks, manage resources and use initiative and problem solving to efficiently produce high quality outcomes that are achieved within agreed timelines, both independently and working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent record keeping and well developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in handling and managing large volumes of scientific data using advanced MS Excel and other appropriate software packages.

Additional Information

The position of Technical Officer is part of the Agriculture Victoria Research branch in the Agriculture Victoria group. Agriculture Victoria works with industry and community stakeholders to support the agriculture, food and fibre sector to become more globally competitive, innovative and resilient.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Dr Kerrie Forrest, Senior Research Scientist - (03) 9032 7066 /

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.

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 21 April 2021.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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