Laboratory Chemical Technician – Dept of Defence, Melbourne (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
  • Utilise your Laboratory Experience in State of the Art Facilities
  • Rare Opportunity to Work with Australia’s Top Scientists
  • Friendly, Supportive Work Environment with Flexible Working Hours (32/Wk)


The Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG ) is part of the Australian Department of Defence dedicated to providing science and technology support for Australia’s defence and national security needs. DST Group is a national leader in safeguarding Australia by delivering valued scientific advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.

The Land Division of Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) manages and coordinates the provision of specialist training and operational support to Australian Defence Force elements for chemical, biological, radiological and/or nuclear (CBRN) defence.



The Land Division of Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) require an experienced Laboratory Chemist / Technician to support activities and programs of work focused on delivering specialist training to defence elements. In addition, you will assist with the long term research and development programs particularly with respect to the operation and maintenance of the instruments and equipment housed within the chemical analysis facility.

This is a contract role requiring the successful candidate to work 32 hours per week. It is anticipated that it will be commencing September 1, 2016 until 31 August 2017. At this time, the contract will be reviewed and may be extended to August 2019.

To be considered for this role you must apply ASAP!

Some of the tasks associated with this role include:

  • Provision of laboratory technical support to the operation and maintenance of chemical laboratory instruments and associated equipment;
  • Setup, calibration and verification of laboratory instrumentation including several mass spectrometry systems which require ongoing calibration and technical assistance to maintain 24/7 readiness equipment used for experimentation and analysis
  • Assist with development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)
  • Setup and clean-up of experiments for training activities;
  • Removal of waste chemicals/materials;
  • Collection of store solvents used in training-based activities; and
  • Assist with maintaining asset registers including stocktaking, and readiness of computer and communications-related equipment for use in exercises and operations
  • Apply and maintain credit card to assist with purchases used for experiments and other activities. This will also include raising purchase orders and reconciliation of credit card transactions.
  • Assist with purchasing and maintaining stock levels of glassware, chemicals, consumables and equipment
  • Coordination with Laboratory Managers (Officers In Charge) for laboratory/equipment availability
  • Report on a weekly basis to the Task Leader Special Operations
  • Engineer Regiment (SOER) to discuss priorities and provide update on progress



To be considered for this unique opportunity you MUST BE AN AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN and will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Tertiary qualifications Diploma up to an Honours Degree from an Australian Tertiary Institution (or equivalent) in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry or similar
  • Familiarity with National Association of Testing Authorities, ISO 17025 will be highly regarded
  • Experience calibrating Mass & Infrared Spectrometers
  • Experience in authoring SOPs
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct work with limited guidance and supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to present scientific results both orally and in written reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to comply with Work, Health and Safety policies.
  • Problem solving, innovative thinking and excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and strong time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a team member or autonomously.
  • Be adaptable and flexible to deal with a varying work load.
  • Great work ethic and reliability are essential for this busy role.
  • MUST be Willing to Undergo a Security Clearance.



All suitable applicants will be presented by midday Wednesday 3rd August so to be considered you MUST APPLY ASAP!

Please click the ‘Apply Now’ button to submit your application. Please ensure you attach a Resume and Cover Letter in Word Format addressing the full selection criteria.

If you would like to know more about this unique opportunity please call our team at CS Executive Group on 03 9516 0100. After hours you can call Helen on 0438 620 434.



We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications we receive daily, we cannot contact all candidates. Please note, if you are not successful on this occasion, your resume will remain on our database and you may be contacted for other similar roles in the future.