University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Loading Dock Officer – Scientific/Laboratory store



  • Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

  • Broaden your career within one of QLD's largest employers

  • Plan for your future with a generous 17% superannuation allowance

  • Access discounts across health and fitness, travel, retail, tech + more

  • Based at our UQ Dutton Park campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • About This Opportunity

    We are seeking a highly motivated and organised Loading Dock Officer to oversee the day-to-day operations of the loading dock at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) facility located at our Dutton Park campus. This facility is home to UQ's School of Pharmacy and the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS) and their respective laboratories.

    In this role, you will be responsible for managing the safe receipt and dispatch of chemicals and hazardous goods, associated administrative functions, and contributing to the maintenance of the School and Centre's inventory systems and databases.

    Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the Dutton Park Loading Dock by processing incoming and outgoing goods including any associated logistics.

  • Maintain the School Chemical Inventory Monitoring system, recording and tracking all inwards chemicals, and ensuring all empty chemical containers are recorded prior to disposal.

  • Provide safe storage and handling of all goods processed through the delivery point including chemicals, biologicals, gas cylinders, scientific samples and laboratory consumables.

  • Maintain and monitor the cryogenic and gas storage facility; including the filling of PLC's, Dewar's, and stock holding of gas cylinders; ensuring supply of key facility requirements such as liquid nitrogen and lab gases.

  • Identify goods that require specific storage requirements, i.e. temperature sensitive materials, and ensure that they are properly stored until collected.

  • Develop and maintain a database of chemical storage locations and contacts.

  • Process outgoing goods and maintain an accurate register of goods dispatched from the store.

  • Maintain and record monthly Emergency Shower and Eye Wash Station Testing as per UQ Biosafety requirements.

  • Work with Finance staff to assist with the administration of invoices from purchase of goods.

  • This is a part-time (20 hours per week/55.17% FTE), permanent position at HEW Level 4. Please note you will be required to work Monday to Friday from 9am – 1pm.

    At HEW level 4, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,235 - $74,468, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $82,175 - $87,127 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    About You

  • An associate diploma or certificate level qualification in a relevant area with work-related experience OR an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training.

  • A minimum of two years' experience in a scientific store environment with strong client service orientation.

  • Knowledge of basic store procedures including stock management and receipting of goods.

  • Experience with the handling of deliveries containing chemicals or scientific samples.

  • Knowledge of security management within a research organisation with regards to distribution, storage and use of scientific related goods and equipment.

  • Proficiency with advanced computer applications and the use of databases.

  • Problem solving and exceptional organisational skills.

  • Capacity to liaise effectively with a wide range of people including staff, students, couriers, freighting companies, company representatives etc.

  • The ability to meet deadlines and to follow tasks through to completion.

  • The ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment.

  • The following would be considered advantageous:

  • Experience with Chemwatch Manifest software.

  • Knowledge of waste disposal, environmental management and spill control as outlined in the University's EMS policy.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Justine Haddrill, Workplace Health and Safety Coordinator and Lab Manager, via email at [email protected].

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Tuesday 20 February 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number: R-34450).

    Job details


    Loading Dock Officer – Scientific/Laboratory store


    University of Queensland




    February 06, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 20, 2024

    Job type



    Chemistry,Medicine,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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