Department of Regional NSW
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Veterinary Virologist Trainee

Veterinary Virologist Trainee

  • 495614
  • Animal Care
  • Full-time temporary role (initially for a 3-year period)
  • Location: DPI Elizabeth Macarthur Agriculture Institute (EMAI), Menangle, Sydney
  • Salary: The salary range for this position is $77,162pa to $124,786pa (commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience) plus superannuation

Department of Regional NSW 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. 


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 PC3 standards EMAI delivers “Disease Intelligence for Disease Control” through its world class laboratories and plant & animal high 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 Veterinary Virologist (Trainee) at EMAI you will join a world recognised team that undertakes diagnostic and research investigations of viral infections of farm livestock, poultry and aquatic animals that could lead to loss of markets for NSW livestock and products; damage their reputation for food safety and quality; reduce the efficiency of production or pose a threat to public health. 


The team undertakes research to support disease control programs through the development of new diagnostic tests and vaccines, maintain or improve market access for animals and products, increase the efficiency of animal production, reduce risks to public health and wildlife and the impacts of feral animals on the environment.


In your new role as Veterinary Virologist (Trainee), you will:                  

  • undertake a period of intensive training to become a veterinary virologist. On completion of the training period, you will:
  • be responsible for supervision of diagnostic virology on a rotational basis, including oversight of specimens received, review of testing operations and preparation of reports;
  • provide technical advice to clients, prepare detailed technical reports;
  • carry out research into virus diseases of animals;
  • assist with review of procedures and standards to ensure that operations meet quality standards.


What You’ll Have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science, registrable with the Veterinary Practitioners Board NSW
  • Citizen of Australia or permanent residency;
  • 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. After initial training, postgraduate study will be encouraged as appropriate.
  • Good oral and written communication skills,
  • 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 licence


In addition, the successful candidate will be able to:

  • work in a team environment and have an ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • balance competing demands and deadlines in a fast paced, constantly changing environment


For further information about the role please contact Peter Kirkland at

Alternatively click here 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!

To apply simply attach 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 submitted via email will not be accepted.


Closing Date: Sunday 31 October 2021 at 11.59pm


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 eighteen months. 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.


Please note that NSW Government expects all NSW government sector employees who can be safely vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.

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