Laboratory Technician (Food Science) x2, Department of Defence, Tasmania (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Three Year Contact with a Possible 2 Year Extension
  • Excellent Opportunity to Join Australia’s Premier Research Government Body
  • Fantastic Opportunity to Gain Industry Experience



Our client, Food and Nutrition Science and Technology Capability, a Division of the Department of Defence is based in beautiful Tasmania and boasts state of the art facilities including R&D and Manufacturing.

The Food and Nutrition Science and Technology Capability (FNSTC) within the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group provides Defence with science and technology (S&T) advice and research in support of Defence fresh and combat ration feeding systems. It also manufactures a range of specialised foods for use in combat ration packs. Due to the amount of work available, they are in need of two Laboratory Technicians to join their Food Science team .



This role is part-time and will require the successful candidates to work 3 days per week with the flexibility to work up to five if needed. It is initially a three year contract, up to 2019 that may be extended for a further two periods of 12 months.

With tertiary qualifications, Diploma up to Bachelors Degree with Honours, you will need to conduct testing of various food products, provide technical support relating to general laboratory safety, housekeeping and assist with the quality assurance of ration pack components (food and packaging).

In summary your duties will involve the provision of technical and professional support in the following areas:

  • Perform food testing and analysis
  • Participate in food evaluation (sensory/taste panel) – voluntary basis
  • Maintain and calibrate equipment
  • Database management
  • Assist with writing and reviewing of Standard Operating Procedures, Risk Assessments and Work Instructions.
  • Support workplace health and safety
  • Be flexible and willing to work on a range of activities



The successful candidate must be flexible and willing to work on a range of activities in order that the work program is achieved both effectively and efficiently. The work force is small but a diverse range of work is performed.

You must be self-motivated to ensure efficient use of time. You will be willing to work within a team environment with varying degrees of individual effort depending on the task at hand.

A willingness to share knowledge and provide support to other team members is an important element of the job.

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

  • You MUST BE an Australian citizen! PR IS NOT SUFFICIENT!
  • Have a Diploma, Bachelor of Food Science, or similar
  • Experience working in a laboratory in a QA/QC role would be highly regarded but not necessary
  • 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 an extensive background security check



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 Inc. ChemSkill on 03 9516 0100. After hours 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, however, if you are not successful on this occasion, your resume will remain on our database and you may be contacted for other similar roles.