Curtin University of Technology

Curtin University of Technology

Technical Specialist


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Job Reference: 1105534

As a Technical Specialist, you will primarily provide high-level, specialised support for the conduct of teaching laboratories interaction analysis Shared Resource Laboratory (SRL) within CHIRI. The Technical Specialist will train students and researchers on how to use equipment in the SRL and assist in planning experiments and some interpretation of the results generated. They will also liaise with instrument manufacturers to organise for service visits and troubleshoot instrument issues as required.

The interaction analysis SRL encompasses instrumentation for surface plasmon resonance (Biacore) to study the binding of proteins, small molecules, and nucleic acid, and fast-performance liquid chromatography (FPLC) to purify proteins. This will involve performing regular checks and preventative maintenance on the equipment within the SRL to ensure that it is working correctly.

The position plays an important role in ensuring that occupational health and safety regulations and specific statutory requirements related to the area's activities are followed.

The ideal applicant will demonstrate:

  • Experience in a life sciences laboratory research setting.
  • Experience in protein production and purification and/or Biacore surface plasmon resonance.
  • A high level of discipline specific knowledge and considerable experience in relevant scientific/research methods, techniques and protocols.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership, training and instruction to others within an educational setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and commitment to ensuring, Occupational Safety and Health practices and regulations are followed.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated oral communication skills with the ability to interact effectively and professionally with staff and students at all levels, as well as the ability effectively communicate information and provide instruction others.
  • Demonstrated effective written communication skills with the ability to produce documents, correspondence, records, instructions and procedures which are clear, accurate and concise and which are of a complex scientific nature.
  • Demonstrated commitment to participate in up skilling programs and professional development to ensure operational and technical knowledge is consistent with continuing developments in professional practice.
  • Sound knowledge of general laboratory management principles, the Australian Standards for Laboratory Safety and the Gene Technology Regulatory Scheme in Australia.
  • To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Rob Steuart, Technical Operations Manager, on 08 9266 7362

    About us Curtin's Faculty of Health Sciences has four academic schools that deliver a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree by research (HDR) courses. The four academic Schools are Curtin Medical School, Curtin School of Allied Health, Curtin School of Nursing and Curtin School of Population Health. Together, the four schools educate more health professionals than any other Western Australian tertiary institution.

    The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) hosts researchers from multiple scientific disciplines, and we aim to study genetic and environmental driver of disease, identify disease sooner for early intervention, develop new treatments and discover opportunities for disease prevention. We are Curtin's flagship centre of medical research excellence with the scientific research capability to tackle complex diseases to improve the quality of life for millions of Australians.

    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 an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

    We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace, offering generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

    For more information about our university, please visit www.

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    Please provide a cover letter, and your CV to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

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    Applications close: Friday, 6 October 2023, 10 pm 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. You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role. Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.

    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.

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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    Technical Specialist


    Curtin University of Technology




    September 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 06, 2023

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    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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