Analytical Chemist – R&D, Govt Body (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
  • Two Year Contract with potential for extension
  • Excellent opportunity to join one of Australia’s premier Research Organisations
  • Great opportunity for early career Analytical Chemist



Our client is the Defence Science and Technology Group, part of Australia’s Department of Defence. It is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia and a national leader in safeguarding Australia by delivering valued scientific advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.

The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN), Individual Protection team is based within Defence Science Technology (DST) Group’s Land Division. This team assesses personal and other protection equipment against Chemical Biological (CB) threats. It applies a wide range of scientific methods and analytical techniques, conducting both test and evaluation as well as fundamental and applied research in a flexible, small team environment. The team is also involved in future technology solutions for the next generation of protective equipment in collaboration with local industry, academia and international defence organisations.



There is a current need for a scientist with analytical chemistry skills to join The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN), Individual Protection team on a contract basis.

With tertiary qualifications in Chemistry or related field, the successful candidate will provide analytical chemistry support to the Individual Protection team in Melbourne. The main objective is to support the vapour systems testing effort and  assist in the conduct of testing and the development of new test methods for CBRN Individual Protective Equipment. In doing so, you will provide technical support for the operation and maintenance of laboratory instruments such as FTIRHPLC, and GCMS.

In summary, your duties will include the following:

  • Assist with the calibration, verification and day to day operation of FTIR, HPLC and GCMS laboratory equipment
  • Provide data on vapour systems testing in a form suitable for inclusion in validation reports
  • Provide data on adsorbent testing in a form suitable for inclusion in report/s
  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures associated with all equipment listed above
  • Manual handling of scientific equipment, including set-up and routine maintenance
  • Assist with data collection and storage
  • Assist with testing of absorbent materials

This contract is initially for two years and may be extended.



To be considered for this position you must meet the following criteria:

  • You MUST BE an Australian citizen! PR IS NOT SUFFICIENT
  • Have tertiary qualifications such as a Bachelor of Science
  • Excellent analytical chemistry skills
  • Good operational knowledge, Calibrations, and Validation of FTIR, HPLC, and GCMS
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a team member or individually under general direction
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to complete tasks on time
  • Competence in the use of computers and computer software, particularly Microsoft Word and Excel, for the purposes of documenting SOPs, recording data and updating laboratory records
  • Ability to operate computer-controlled laboratory equipment
  • Be willing to undergo security clearance



To apply for this role, please submit a targeted resume accompanied by a Letter of Application addressing the above selection criteria by using the “Apply Now” button below. To have a strictly confidential discussion about this role, please call our team on 03 9516 0100 during office hours.

Please note that we prefer all documents submitted to be uploaded in MS Word format (i.e., .doc or .docx).




We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. As we receive a large number of applications every day, we can only contact short-listed candidates. If you do not receive a call from our Recruiters, then your details will remain in our database for future suitable roles.