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Forensic Analyst, Science and Technical Level 4, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Sydney
Categories: APS Level 4

About the team

The National Measurement Institute’s (NMI’s) Australian Forensic Drug Laboratory (AFDL) provides illicit drug analysis and profiling for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF). It also supports the activities of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP). 

Our ideal candidate

The successful applicant must have a sound knowledge of analytical chemistry principles and demonstrated experience using scientific instrumentation e.g. gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy. They must also have knowledge of the chemistry pertaining to illicit substances, including precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of amphetamine type stimulants such as methylamphetamine. We are looking for someone with experience working in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. The successful applicant must have a high level of commitment, self-motivation and initiative together with the ability to work effectively in a team environment and exercise sound judgement in problem-solving and decision-making. The successful applicant must also have good organisational and multi-tasking skills and ability to prioritise and monitor work flows.

What you will do

The successful applicant will work as a member of Australian Forensic Drug Laboratory under the direction of the Deputy Director of AFDL. The successful applicant will form part of a team of forensic scientists who undertake analyses on drug seizures and controlled substances in order to identify the substance and confirm its purity. The result of the chemical analysis forms the basis of evidential statements required by law enforcements.

The successful applicant will:

  • perform complex analytical tasks using a range of analytical chemistry techniques related to drug analysis
  • use, maintain and troubleshoot where needed, specialist laboratory equipment, particularly GC-MS, GC-FID and NMR systems
  • work effectively as part of the team and in accordance with the laboratory quality systems, ensuring care and attention to detail
  • apply judgement in problem solving and take responsibility for delivering results within a specified timeframe.
  • prepare reports based on evidential analysis
  • provide evidence in court
  • have a good knowledge of analytical chemistry pertaining to the analysis of illicit drugs including new designer drug classes
  • possess the ability to manage a busy workload with a high level of attention to detail to ensure results are of the highest quality.
  • have the ability to conduct complex analysis with limited supervision showing judgement in problem-solving and decision-making
  • have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others, learning and responding constructively to feedback, and contributing to the team’s performance
  • have good communication skills with the ability to accurately document results and observations, and present scientific evidence in court
  • have knowledge of a laboratory quality system and requirements for meeting National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation.


A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry from a recognised university.

Demonstrated experience with relevant analytical chemistry techniques and with the use and maintenance of analytical instrumentation, particularly GC-MS, GC-FID, HPLC.

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Tetanus may be required for this position.

This recruitment process is being used to fill a current non-ongoing Science and Technical Level 4 Position for 12 months. A merit pool may be established to fill future non-ongoing Science and Technical Level 4 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

Non-ongoing opportunities may be offered for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).  

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr Helen Salouros via 

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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