Curtin University of Technology

Curtin University of Technology

Technical Specialist - Health Sciences, Clinical Biochemistry



Job Reference: 1204939

Your new role

As a Technical Specialist working as part of the Laboratory Services Team, you will provide high-level, specialised support for the conduct and continuous improvement of teaching laboratories in the discipline of Clinical Biochemistry, including significant hands-on laboratory duties.

You will be an active member of our laboratory team providing leadership and supervision of other team members involved with biochemistry as well as back- up for other Technical Specialists as needed. Amongst other duties, you will be responsible for managing relevant consumable stocks, informing decisions around specialised equipment procurement and maintenance as well as maintaining a range of documentation for laboratory procedures.

Responsibilities :

  • Technical Leadership: Offer technical guidance, training support, and procedural assistance to students and staff.
  • Innovative Development: Research, conceptualise, and evaluate innovative techniques to improve and develop laboratory classes.
  • Health and Safety Compliance: Ensure all staff and students complete Safety Inductions, adhere to Health and Safety protocols, and maintain standard operating procedures for all lab activities.
  • Laboratory Preparation: Plan and prepare materials and resources for teaching activities in Biochemistry.
  • Oversight and Instruction: Provide technical oversight, instruction, and scientific guidance to staff and students during classes.
  • Equipment Management: Maintain general and specialised laboratory equipment, ensuring proper safety checks, servicing, calibration, and repairs. Frequent/ Constant Handling and movement of equipment and materials between laboratories and buildings.
  • Professional Development: Engage in professional development programs to stay current with operational and technical advances in the discipline.
  • We are looking for:

  • Effective communicator capable of offering clear guidance to students and staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing technical leadership and supervision in a laboratory setting.
  • Strong background in Clinical Biochemistry and familiarity with teaching laboratory procedures.
  • To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Randy Strack, Technical Operations Manager, Curtin Medical School on 08 9266-7011 or Abby Fox, Talent Acquisition Advisor on [email protected].

    About us

    The Curtin Medical School is one of four schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The school was formed in 2021 by the merger of the previous Curtin Medical School, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Medical Radiation Sciences. The school trains a range of health professionals through accredited BSc courses. This position is based within our Medical School, however you may also have the opportunity to work in related areas across the faculty.

    Curtin University We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes a gym, day- care centre, a medical centre, art gallery, endless food options including a supermarket, beautiful gardens, end-of-trip facilities, good parking, and excellent public transport connections.

  • Global Excellence: Curtin University proudly stands among the top one percent of global universities according to the ARWU 2023 rankings.
  • Rewards Beyond Salary: Enjoy the perks of a generous superannuation contribution (17%) with cash out options, customisable salary packaging benefits through Paywise; as well as Hotel and Health Insurance discounts.
  • Time Well-Spent: Experience the added value of 17.5% Leave Loading, with the option to be paid out or taken as additional leave. Benefit from Parental Leave (26 weeks for the primary caregiver), Annual Leave (20 days), Personal Leave (14 days), Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Leave (5 days), Study Leave, Community Service Leave, and access to Long Service Leave after 7 years of continuous service for Professional Staff. Plus , 18% more observed days off - enjoy 12 Public Holidays each year (including Easter Tuesday!), and 2 extra University Days over the Christmas/New Year Period (see EBA 51.1 and 51.9).
  • Recognition for Prior Service: Curtin recognises prior service for long service leave purposes. New Curtin employees may be eligible if they have worked for an Australian University, public service or other recognised institution.
  • Health and Wellness: Our on-campus Medical Centre prioritises Curtin staff and students. Join Curtin's Healthy Lifestyle Program, with up to 2 hours per week of paid time off to engage in University-approved healthy lifestyle activities. Explore Curtin's wellbeing locations at https: //
  • For more information on our university, please visit www.

    Join us!

    To apply, please include a cover letter addressing the criteria (noted below), and your CV to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

    As part of your cover letter please answer the following statement to demonstrate your alignment with our core values of Excellence, Impact, Courage, Integrity, and Respect:

  • Highlight a situation where your collaborative attitude and respect for others helped you build strong working relationships. How did your approach foster a supportive and cohesive team environment?
  • Essential Criteria

  • A degree qualification in a highly relevant discipline with considerable relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated high-level communication skills with a strong desire to provide leadership in a team environment.
  • Ability to work and make decisions autonomously as well as operate as part of a team when required.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills in a laboratory environment.
  • A commitment to providing a safe and high-quality learning experience for our students.
  • Please note, you will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role to be considered. Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.

    To view a copy of the generic position description please use the following link:

    https: // Applications close: Wednesday 22 May 2024, 6PM AWST Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin's satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), quoting the reference number.

    Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

    We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

    We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

    Job details


    Technical Specialist - Health Sciences, Clinical Biochemistry


    Curtin University of Technology




    May 09, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 22, 2024

    Job type




    About the employer

    Curtin University is a future-focused university based in the scenic city of Perth, Australia, with additional campuses in regional Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

    The University is recognised for its strengths in teaching and research innovation, which is reflected in its standing as Western Australia’s top public university for graduate and postgraduate employment, according to the Good Universities Guide 2021.

    We were established in 1966 as the ‘Western Australian Institute of Technology’, before gaining university status and changing our name to ‘Curtin’ in 1987 in honour of the former Australian Prime Minister.

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