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Science Officer (non-ionising radiation)

Position number: 
Science Officer (non-ionising radiation)
Yallambie, VIC
Radiation Health Services
Assessment and Advice
Closing Date: 
Thursday 16 September 2021
Ongoing - full time
Salary Package: 
$92,486-$97,106 per annum package inc 15.4% super

ARPANSA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment. We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Should you require special assistance through any stage of the selection process, please contact the Office for People Strategies and Wellbeing team at recruitmentatarpansa.gov.au.

Agency overview

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Our purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.

Section overview

The Assessment and Advice Section sits within the Radiation Health Services Branch and is responsible for assessing the levels and health risks of ionising and non-ionising radiation exposure from natural and artificial sources to people and the environment. This involves providing advice, underpinned by health impact assessments and expert knowledge, to international bodies, Commonwealth departments and agencies, State and Territory regulators, industry and members of the public. The Section is also responsible for the Government’s Electromagnetic Energy (EME) Program which aims to promote health and safety, and address misinformation about EME emissions. The EME program provides the public with clear, reliable and reputable information on new EME-based technologies like 5G, and advice on how to use this technology safely. ARPANSA supports this vision by delivering evidence-based scientific advice on EME and health.

Primary purpose of the role

In this role you will, under limited direction, perform a range of moderately complex to complex scientific tasks related to non-ionising radiation exposure. These tasks will include a focus on risk and health assessment from radiofrequency and optical radiation while also providing support to the activities and research of the EME Program. You will liaise with other sections and external stakeholders to facilitate cross-agency or multi-agency activities. You will work closely with other staff within the Assessment and Advice Section to ensure that advice provided on radiation exposure is based on the latest scientific knowledge, and national and international experience.

Key accountabilities

  • Undertake specialist research and analysis of non-ionising radiation exposure with a focus on radiofrequency and optical radiation, and contribute to the research and activities of the EME program
  • Perform safety assessments, radiation dose assessments and health impact assessments
  • Contribute and participate in relevant committees for the development of Codes and Standards for radiation protection
  • Contribute to the development of information material on non-ionising radiation exposure including scientific publications, reports to government and website content
  • Be an active member of ARPANSA’s Talk to a Scientist program which responds to enquiries from industry and members of the public
  • Maintain accurate records of work performed and results obtained, and support the preparation of associated guidance documents and technical reports.

Job specific capabilities

To be considered for this position, you will possess tertiary qualifications in a relevant branch of science or engineering from an Australian educational institution or comparable overseas qualifications or other alternative qualifications and experience appropriate to the duties.

You will have well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute effectively in a team environment, sometimes in a leading role, together with the ability to liaise with all levels of staff, clients and members of the general public. You will have the ability to consistently perform efficiently and effectively at a high level and the demonstrated ability to make well-balanced and informed decisions.

You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate from time to time as required. The Agency requires all new employees to undertake a baseline security clearance as a condition of engagement. 

Selection criteria

There are 5 selection criteria for this role. Candidates are asked to limit their response to no more than 300 words per selection criteria.

  1. Demonstrated ability to undertake scientific tasks associated with non-ionising radiation exposure.
  2. Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills to draw accurate conclusions based on evidence.
  3. Demonstrated strong organisational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities.
  4. Proven ability to work collaboratively and build and sustain positive relationships with team members and stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrated strong communication, liaison and report writing skills.

Supporting documentation

Position information: 
Sarah Loughran via phone 03 9433 2334