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Science Officer - Radiochemist

Position number: 
Science Officer - Radiochemist
Yallambie, VIC
Radiation Health Science
Monitory and Emergency Response
Closing Date: 
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Salary Package: 
$83,305-$95,287 + 15.4% employer 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 People and Culture team.

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 Monitoring and Emergency Response Section is responsible for ARPANSA’s laboratories, field measurement capabilities and networks that are required for the measurement of ionising and non-ionising radiation in people and the environment. This includes maintenance of ARPANSA’s radiation emergency response capabilities and networks, and laboratories under national and international arrangements.

Primary purpose of the role

In this role, you will work under limited direction and perform a range of complex scientific and coordination tasks associated with the operation and maintenance of radiochemistry facilities. You will form part of a small team of scientific and technical-based staff engaged in the measurement of radioactivity in environmental samples and the radiological surveillance of the Australian environment. You will assist with related tasks including the implementation of relevant quality assurance programs, maintenance of records, preparation of technical reports and research activities. Performing a range of scientific tasks, you will assist ARPANSA in reporting and advising on sources of radioactivity. Domestic and/or international travel and field work may be required.

Key accountabilities

  • Under limited direction and using established principles, practices and procedures, undertake a range of complex tasks associated with the radiochemical analyses of environmental samples and with the development and maintenance of a radiochemistry laboratory
  • Provide high level support and supervision in a small team of scientific and technical staff involved in the measurement of radionuclides in environmental samples and the development of analytical techniques
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of quality assured measurement systems, and ensure data analysis and validation is undertaken in accordance with relevant standards
  • Maintain accurate records of work performed and results obtained and prepare associated administrative and technical reports
  • Participate in, and sometimes lead, moderately complex environmental studies and assessments.

Job specific capabilities

To be considered for this position, you will hold a tertiary qualification in science from an Australian tertiary institution, or comparable qualification, and relevant experience which is appropriate to the duties of the position. You should possess a high level of scientific and technical expertise with a strong background in analytical chemistry and a sound knowledge in radiochemistry.

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 and/or overseas as required. ARPANSA requires all new employees to undertake a baseline security clearance as a condition of engagement. 

Selection criteria

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

  1. Demonstrated experience in radiochemistry techniques and with instrumentation for the measurement of radionuclides in environmental samples.
  2. Demonstrated ability to apply initiative in adapting or developing experimental methods, under limited direction, to resolve moderately complex problems.
  3. Sound knowledge and experience in applying quality management systems within a laboratory setting, with a sound awareness of laboratory safety procedures in handling hazardous substances.
  4. Demonstrated well-developed oral and written communication skills including the maintenance of technical documentation and the ability to impart technical information to non-technical personnel and clients.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cultivate positive working relationships with team members and a range of stakeholders.

Selection documentation 

PDF icon PN 13237 - Science Officer, Radiochemist (APS 6) - January 2020

File PN 13237 - Science Officer, Radiochemist (APS 6) - January 2020

 Position information:  Liesel Green via phone 03 9433 2297