Laboratory Technician – Department of Defence, South Australia (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Rare Opportunity for a Laboratory Technician Looking for the Next Step in their Career
  • Four Month Contract with Option to Extend for Another Four Years
  • Excellent R&D Facilities and Opportunities with the Department of Defence


Our client is the Department of Defence. The Energetic Materials and Systems branch of Weapons and Combat Systems Division which is based in Adelaide, develops the necessary science and technology (S&T) on which weapons systems and explosive ordnance (EO) are based. The branch develops and sustains interdependent facilities and capabilities, complemented by access to remote trials facilities.

Chemistry, physics and engineering (experimental and computational) are utilised to develop and characterise ingredients and formulations, investigate initiation and detonation phenomena, optimise performance, understand safety, ageing, exploitation and environmental issues and manufacture research and prototype charges, EO and devices.


Based in Edinburgh, Adelaide, this is a full-time contract (ie you work 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday). The initial duration is until the end of this financial year, June 2017, with the option for 4 x 1 Year extensions.

The successful candidate will provide technical support to the flare development program of the Joint Strike Fighter project. You will perform routine laboratory duties and basic upkeep of facilities as part of the flare development team.

Some of the duties associated with this role include:

  • Under direction, set-up test equipment for laboratory and field testing activities
  • General upkeep of test and laboratory facilities
  • Prepare risk assessments and standard operating procedures for facilities and processes
  • Liaise with workshop staff as required to prepare hardware and materials for testing
  • Under direction, assist with the manufacture of formulations and associated materials preparation and analysis
  • Under direction characterise pyrotechnic formulations for their chemical, sensitiveness and mechanical properties
  • Participation in flare characterisation trials at Defence test and evaluation ranges (Woomera and Port Wakefield)
  • Under direction obtain quotes for laboratory supplies or other consumables and administer through the Defence procurement process
  • Data analysis


To be successful in your application you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an Australian Citizen – this is an absolute requirement
  • Tertiary qualifications – Diploma or Degree ideally in chemistry, engineering, materials science or physics
  • Oral and written communication skills of a high standard
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a small team, liaise and communicate effectively
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the safe handling of hazardous chemicals
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to WHS in technical laboratories and/or field trials
  • Must be willing to undergo and obtain a SECRET clearance
  • If you are not based in Adelaide, you must be willing to relocate
    Applications close Friday 17th February


To apply for this role, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below and send your updated resume with a covering letter addressing the selection criteria to CS Executive Group. For a confidential discussion about this role, please call Helen or Peter on +61 3 9516 0100 during office hours and +61 3 438 620 434 after hours.


We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of candidates we receive on a daily basis, we can only contact those with suitable qualifications and experience. If on this occasion you are not successful, your resume will remain on our database and be considered for future suitable roles.