Department of Regional NSW
Animal, Wallaby, Kangaroo, Mammal, Wildlife, Antelope

Technical Officer

Technical Officer

  • 494227
  • Science and Technology

We are looking for a Technical Officer to be part of the Virology Laboratory within NSW Biosecurity & Food Safety. This is a full-time opportunity, initially for 2 years. Part-time appointment by way of job sharing maybe considered for the right person.


  • Be part of a team providing laboratory testing and research for virus diseases
  • Located at Menangle within the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute
  • Salary range from $63,199 to $97,616 + super (based on the Technical Officer 1-3 Progression Criteria).


Our Department is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.


We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.


What’s on Offer?

As a Technical Officer, you’ll be:

  • Working as a member of the Virology Laboratory team at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute;
  • Part of the wider Biosecurity & Food Safety Division and NSW Department of Primary Industries team.


What you”ll do:

  • Undertake testing of samples from farm animals, wildlife and aquatic animals for evidence of viral infections;
  • Assist with the care of animals and collection of samples;
  • Perform a wide range of laboratory duties.


What you’ll have:

  • a degree in biological science (or equivalent) in accordance with the Crown Employees (NSW Department of Industry) Technical Staff Award
  • knowledge and experience in a range of virology procedures including:
    • aseptic techniques
    • preparation and maintenance of cell cultures
    • serological tests such as ELISA, virus neutralisation, AGID and haemagglutination
    • virus isolation and antigen detection procedures
    • real time PCR and other molecular biology techniques
  • a capacity to work independently and in a team environment
  • an enthusiasm to develop new skills
  • outstanding and systematic record keeping abilities
  • familiarity with computerised recording systems, word processing and spreadsheet software
  • an interest in biosecurity and disease prevention


And if you’ve got this even better:

  • Good understanding of and involvement in quality management systems and regulatory requirements of a diagnostic and research laboratory
  • experience with the development and evaluation of new diagnostic tests for virus infections
  • experience in working with and caring for animals


What you’ll need to be successful and enjoy this role:

  • superior organisational skills to prioritise work, carry out multiple tasks and manage and collate data
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrated problem solving skills
  • a willingness to work with a range of biological specimens
  • the maturity to take direction and adapt to change
  • a keen eye for and attention to detail  

Click here to view the role description.


How to Apply:

Simply submit your application electronically via the online application process, attaching a resume and cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match what we are looking for, and we will get back in you after the closing date.


Closing Date: Sunday 25th April 2021 by 11:55pm


For further information please click here to view the role description or contact Deborah Finlaison, Principal Veterinary Virologist, via email to  


Do you want to know more about this amazing employer of choice?

The NSW Department of Primary Industries, within NSW Department of Industry, works to increase the capacity of primary industries and communities to drive economic growth across NSW.


Within NSW DPI, the Biosecurity and Food Safety Division delivers a risk based approach to policy and compliance, and provides engagement and coordination in response to emergency incidents and natural disasters impacting industries and the food sectors.


A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next twelve months.



Closing date: Apr 25, 2021

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