Department of Regional NSW
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Veterinary Virologist

Veterinary Virologist

  • 499858
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Care
  • Science and Technology
  • Temporary full-time opportunity for 3 years
  • Located at Elizabeth Macarthur Agriculture Institute (EMAI), Menangle, NSW
  • This position is a Professional Officer Grade 1/4, salary ranging from $66,298.00pa - $127,332.00pa + plus superannuation

Commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience, as outlined in the Crown Employees (Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development) Professional Officers Award and the NSW DPI Professional Officer Progression Criteria)

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Department of Regional NSW. We encourage applications from people with a range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. This includes differences in culture, gender, sexual orientation, language and disability status or other attributes. The Department of Regional NSW is a workplace where everyone is able to contribute and participate to their full potential, and we are proud to have a team that reflects the richness and complexity of the regional NSW communities we serve.

About Us

Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW) 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. 

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) supports the development of profitable primary industries that create a more prosperous NSW and contributes to a better environment through the sustainable use of natural resources. Within NSW DPI, the Biosecurity & Food Safety division is responsible for effective management and risk minimisation of biosecurity threats to NSW as well as the through-chain regulation of food safety. It delivers a risk-based approach to policy and compliance and provides regional engagement and coordination in response to emergency incidents impacting primary industries and the food sector.

Located 60km south of Sydney, and sitting on 1600 hectares, the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) is the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Centre of Excellence for Plant and Animal Health. It is NSW’s premier biosecurity facility with critical infrastructure and world recognised research scientists. Built to the latest standards EMAI delivers “Disease Intelligence for Disease Control” through its world class laboratories and animal containment facilities, international experts and national and international linkages. It provides local, state, national and global disease advice through NSWDPI, to the commonwealth, the OIE and FAO.

In your role as a Veterinary Virologist at EMAI you will undertake diagnostic and research investigations of viral infections of farm livestock, poultry and aquatic animals that could lead to loss of markets for NSW livestock products; damage the reputation of these industries for food safety and quality; reduce welfare and the efficiency of production or pose a threat to public health. You will undertake research to support disease control programs through the development of new diagnostic tests and vaccines, to maintain or improve market access for animals and products, increase the efficiency of animal production and reduce risks to public health and the impacts of feral animals on the environment.

You will be actively involved in the conduct of research trials involving the collection of samples from a wide range of animal species as well as supervising staff appointed to assist achievement of research project outcomes. It will be necessary to communicate with and provide technical advice to clients of diagnostic and research services to ensure their needs are met.

What you will have:

  • Degree in Veterinary Science (or equivalent), registrable with the Veterinary Practitioners Board NSW
  • Comply with work standards according to the level of appointment in the Professional Officer Progression Criteria (1-4) scale in the Crown Employees (NSW Department of Trade and Investment) Professional Officers Award
  • A current driver’s license
  • A desire to develop a long-term career in veterinary virology.
  • Previous experience with animal disease investigation in a field context would be an advantage but virology experience is not essential for appointment as a trainee. The successful applicant will undertake a period of intensive training in veterinary virology.

In addition, the successful candidate will be able to:

  • balance competing demands and deadlines in a fast paced, constantly changing environment
  • carry out a wide range of specialised scientific functions, including the development and application of new technologies and techniques
  • identify areas of priority for industry and the Department for research, develop and promote research proposals to generate funding support

For further information about the role please contact Peter Kirkland at To view the role description.

What's on offer?

  • We value our people. Work is meant to be enjoyed! We believe in a flexible and relaxed working environment allowing people to operate in a manner that cultivates a friendly culture and reduces stress levels.
  • A culture of ambition, support, and inclusivity. We are passionate about what we do, and we want to work with those who share that same drive. We promote an open-door policy and encourage collaboration between all staff. 

Applying is easy!

All applications must be submitted online and should include a current resume (of no more than five pages) plus a cover letter (no more than two pages) which demonstrates how your previous experience and capabilities make you an ideal candidate for this role.

Applications close on Wednesday, 31 August 2022 at 11:55pm

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required. If you are viewing this advertisement on LinkedIn, please click ‘Apply’ to access more information about this role via the I Work for NSW website.

Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)? 

Exciting career pathways and opportunities 

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW Government. 


Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people. 

Our people

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including - public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of Regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story.

Inclusion and Flexible Working

We strive to reflect the community we serve and encourage our people to explore new ways of working across Regional NSW. We are open to arrangements that help individuals balance their work and life commitments. We embrace difference and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

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