Technical Assistant (VPSG2)

Job posted: 29/06/2021
Applications close: 05/08/2021 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / 2 years

Organisation: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Salary: $53,946 - $69,276

Occupation: Agriculture/Primary Industry

Reference: VG/029728A

Reference: VG/029728A

Occupation: Agriculture/Primary Industry

Salary Range: $53,946 - $69,276

Work location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

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 a range of diverse 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

  • $53,946 - $69,276 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed term – 2 years
  • Usual hours of work: Full-time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Bundoora

We are seeking a motivated Technical Assistant – Speed Breeding Assistant with experience in glasshouse-based plant husbandry and plant crossing/hybridisation to join our grains crop genetics team. You will support research that aims to understand the genetic basis of trait variation for varietal improvement in cereal, pulse and oilseed crops. You will work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team that supports the Australian grains pre-breeding sector, as well as research that is closely linked with implementation activities in crop breeding and germplasm improvement programs.

The position involves participating as part of a glasshouse-based team that is responsible for undertaking germplasm evaluation under controlled environments, crossing/hybridisation and generational advancement using conventional, as well as accelerated (“speed”) breeding approaches. You will participate in the development and implementation of protocols and methodology for accelerated crop breeding and germplasm evaluation. You will be responsible for delivering specific research milestones for a range of collaborative and industry co-funded projects under the direction of the Senior Technical staff.

The role requires demonstrated experience in plant husbandry and plant crossing/hybridisation (preferably cereals, pulses and/or oilseeds), as well as excellent organisational, time management and communication skills. The role requires managing plant and plant part provenance which requires the use of large datasets in spreadsheets and databases and a basic understanding of experimental design under controlled environment conditions.

The Agriculture Victoria Research Branch

The Agriculture Victoria Research Branch represents DJPR's agricultural research and development function. The Agriculture Research Branch provides a discipline-based science and technology delivery function in the following areas: a) Genomics and Cellular Sciences; b) Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases; c) Plant Sciences; d) Plant Production Sciences; e) Animal Production Sciences; and f) Agriculture Resources Sciences.

Agriculture R&D is delivered via an ‘innovation ecosystem' that converges government, industry/agribusiness and academia/knowledge centres into clustered and collaborative networks, with a clear focus on science and technology for productivity and biosecurity outcomes. It delivers a continuity of research and development activities across DJPR's priority areas while also elevating the importance of agricultural R&D in DJPR.

The key accountabilities of the role will include:

  • Implement, optimise and establish protocols for highly efficient germplasm evaluation, plant hybridisation/crossing and rapid generational advancement in cereals (e.g. wheat and barley), oilseeds (e.g. canola and safflower) and pulses (e.g. chickpea, field pea, lentils and faba bean) under controlled environment conditions.
  • Perform, under general supervision, germplasm evaluation, plant husbandry, plant hybridisation/crossing and generational advancement for cereal, oilseed and pulse crops.
  • Plan and prioritise own work to achieve defined targets; maintain clear and accurate records of work performed; participate in cross-training of staff and maintenance of facilities and equipment.
  • Assist in the design, setup and management of experiments and analysis of experimental data; develop knowledge and skills in areas that support the research undertaken.
  • Support senior scientists in the preparation of reports for internal and external collaborators, including journal publication of science outputs.
  • Maintain effective communications with other members of the project team; actively engage in discussions and meetings to improve work practices and protocols and ensure a positive work environment and group culture of achievement.
  • Adopt and apply OH&S policies and procedures to ensure a safe work environment and ensure compliance with regulatory obligations imposed by OGTR, AQIS and the Department of Agriculture.

For a confidential discussion, please call Dr Sukhjiwan Kaur on 0426 270 621.

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 5 August 2021.

Technical Assistant (VPSG2)

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Full time / 2 years

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Dr Sukhjiwan Kaur | on 0426 270 621

Technical Assistant (VPSG2)