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I work for NSW | NSW Government

Category:
Government >
Environment

Job Type:
Full-time Permanent/Temporary

Location:
Wagga Wagga & Riverina
Regional NSW
Australia

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Assistant Scientist

Job Reference: 88330566

Job Title:  Assistant Scientist (Analytical Chemistry)
Job Grade / Classification:  Environment Officer Class 5
Employment Type: Ongoing, Full-Time
Location: Yanco
 
 

  • Are you experienced in analysing environmental samples and working in a quality environmental laboratory?
  • Are you capable of developing analytical methodology, and troubleshooting of modern instrumentation?
  • Do you enjoy working with collaborative team of scientist delivering environmental laboratory services to support and inform regulatory decisions?
 
Agency overview
The Department of Planning & Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW. The Department is going through an exciting period of organisational and operational change.
 
The Department’s vision – “Planning for growing NSW: inspiring strong communities, protecting our environment” – provides the benchmark for our partnership and leadership approach to engaging and working collaboratively with key State and Local Government, community and industry stakeholders to deliver better outcomes in the areas of planning, local government and the environment.
 
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is a part of the Planning and Environment Cluster. It aims to enrich life in NSW by helping the community to conserve and enjoy our environment and heritage. For more information go to www.environment.nsw.gov.au.
 
This role will work for Science Division, which sits within the Office of Environment and Heritage. Science Division provides scientific evidence and knowledge to underpin environmental decision making, regulation and service delivery.
 
Primary Purpose of the Role:
The Assistant Scientist is responsible for the delivery of analytical services and advice to environmental programs and projects with a focus on chemical and physical analysis of soil and water.
 
Key accountabilities
  • Support senior scientific/technical staff in undertaking scientific/technical projects and activities to deliver high quality science that meets organisational objectives and appropriate standards of scientific rigor.
  • Use established collaborative networks to support more senior staff to deliver science programs to support the effective delivery of science programs.
  • Provide timely advice and communication to project team members regarding project status and implementation issues to support the effective delivery of science programs.
  • Actively contribute to the team, seek views and opinions of others, support science knowledge management within the OEH and maintain a commitment to open communication to support effective knowledge sharing within OEH.
  • Assist project team members to prepare a range of project related information as instructed to support successful project delivery.
  • Provide advice and support to team members in undertaking laboratory tasks including analytical and laboratory quality assurance and implementing project plans as required to support successful project delivery
  • Complies with WHS obligations and maintains awareness of OEH WHS procedures and time or budget constraints of the team or project to ensure projects are completed safely and within resource constraints
 
Essential requirements
  • Relevant science degree qualification and knowledge of environmental analytical chemistry and/or chemistry.
  • Ability to assist in the delivery of rigorous science projects in environmental analytical chemistry
  • Demonstrated experience with maintaining and troubleshooting advanced instruments such as ICP-OES, FTIR and FIA.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with research partners to deliver customer focused results from science projects.
To be successful in the role, ideally you will have:
  • Experience in method development/validation, operating, maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory instruments
  • Experience and knowledge of WHS procedures in an environmental/chemistry laboratory
  • Experience in large data set analysis and Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
 
Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:
 
Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:
At the Planning and Environment Cluster, we believe a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to the success of our business and are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the communities of NSW.
 
We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.
 
Good to know:
A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period. 
 
To Apply: 
Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter:
 
Q1. Provide an example from your previous laboratory work, when you performed chemical analysis in a complex and difficult environmental sample.  Outline what chemical analysis you performed and which instrumentation was used; Briefly outline how you have used your skills in method development, instrument troubleshooting and problem-solving skills to achieve desired outcomes.
 
Q2. Please provide an example of a time when you had to use your networking and collaborative skills to solve a laboratory related complex data analysis/technical/analytical problem. Outline the problem, who the relevant collaborators and what was the outcome and what was your key learnings.
 
 
The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)
 
Applications Close: Monday the 11th March at 11:59pm.
 
Should you require further information about the role please contact; Kristen Clancy, Senior Team Leader, on 0437 998 075 (or Kristen.clancy@environment.nsw.gov.au). If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact Mark Russell, Recruitment Business Partner, on (02) 9585 6105.
 
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