Technical Assistant (VPSG2)

Job posted: 16/10/2020
Applications close: 01/11/2020 (Midnight)
12 days remaining

12 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Western Region | Horsham

Job type: Casual

Organisation: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Salary: $52,493 - $67,410

Occupation: Science

Reference: VG/029502

Reference: VG/029502

Occupation: Science

Salary Range: $52,493 - $67,410

Work location: Western Region | Horsham

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established to ensure Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we're making sure Victoria's economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

Our work supports six ministers, spans 15 portfolios and operates across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We also oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.

Technical Assistant

  • $53,280 – $68,421 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Casual – 6 months
  • Usual hours of work: Casual (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Horsham (flexibility may be available)

Your Role

The role of the Technical Assistant Entomology and Plant Virology will provide technical support to laboratory, glasshouse and field research activities within the entomology and plant virology research programs at Horsham. This position will report directly to the Senior Research Scientist, Plant Vector Borne Diseases.

A major focus of the work is to assist with infestation and monitoring impacts of key diseases and insect pests on the horticultural and grain industry, with subsequent focus on production, quality and climate change. Central to much of this work is to assist with data collection, screening plants and insects for the presence of plant viruses, as well as insect biology and feeding behaviour.

Your Skills

  • Ability to accurately and efficiently collate and maintain experimental data.
  • Ability to maintain insect colony, experiment plants and virus culture.
  • Ability to safely work independently, sometimes in remote areas, undertaking sample collection and field assessments.
  • Ability to process samples for TBAI and PCR analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, be responsible for areas of work, communicate effectively with others, show initiative, demonstrate organisational skills and operate under minimal supervision.

Further Information

The position of Research Scientist is part of the Agriculture Victoria Research branch in the Agriculture Victoria group.  Agriculture Victoria works with industry and community stakeholders to support the agriculture, food and fibre sector to become more globally competitive, innovative and resilient.

For a confidential discussion, please call Dr Piotr Trebicki, Research Scientist on 0405 668 657.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.

For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 1 November 2020.

Technical Assistant (VPSG2)

Job type:


Job classification:



Dr Piotr Trebicki | 0405 668 657

Technical Assistant (VPSG2)