Senior Formulations Chemist – 10 Month Contract – DSTO (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Part Time


  • 10 Month Contract, 3 days per week
  • Join Australia’s Premier Research Government Body
  • Based close to Melbourne CBD



Our client, a well known government agency based in Melbourne is looking for a formulation chemist with strong skills to working with specialised coatings- experience with formulations, applications and testing.



With tertiary qualifications up to the level of PhD, you will need to provide expertise in measuring the performance of coatings using a range of techniques.

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

  • Measure the electrical performance of coatings using radar range
  • Spray out coatings using conventional and airless spray techniques & test the physico-mechanical properties of coating
  • Use a range of coating test methods including:
    1. Viscometry
    2. PATTI adhesion
    3. Electric & Magnetic Permittivity & Permeability
    4. Cross Hatch Adhesion
    5. Tensile strength
    6. Elongation at Break
    7. Colour and Gloss Measurements
    8. Accelerated Weathering (QUV, QSUN)
  • Available to work interstate on occasions
  • Assist with general laboratory duties

*You must be willing to undertake an extensive background security check.



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 PhD or lower – degree minimum.
  • Several years experience working within a Laboratory Environment
  • Experience in formulations of high-build coatings is essential
  • Competence in undertaking electrical measurements using a network analyser is a must
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with standard coating tests is essential
  • Must have experience in the spray application of high build coatings using- conventional and airless spray equipment
  • Must have experience in the formulations of high build, high volume solids coatings and dispersion of pigments in polymer systems (using high speed dispersion)
  • Experience using tensile test equipment (measuring bulk physical properties – break and tensile strength) would be highly regarded
  • 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.



To apply for this rare opportunity, please forward your covering letter addressing the criteria above and your resume by using the APPLY NOW button below. Applications close 10PM Wednesday 12th August, however it is recommended you apply prior to the close date. To have a confidential discussion, please call Emily on 9516 0100.



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 similar role

Please Note: Unfortunately only short-listed candidates can be contacted due to high volume of applications.