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Project Scientist, APS Level 5, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Sydney
Categories: APS Level 5

About the team

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and high-achieving individual to join our Chemical Reference Values (CRV) team. The CRV team develop and apply high-accuracy reference methods, design and deliver a chemical proficiency testing program, and produce certified reference materials. NMI has state-of-the-art instruments and modern laboratory facilities. Our activities are accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, as well as through regular review by international peers. 

Our ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a Bachelor of Science degree or related discipline from a recognised university
  • experience using GC and/or LC mass spectrometry and some knowledge of statistics
  • demonstrated high level of commitment, self-motivation and initiative
  • the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • the ability to exercise sound judgement in a competitive and changing environment
  • effective organisational skills and ability to prioritise work flows whilst maintaining a laboratory quality system
  • experience with MS Office. 

What you will do

The successful candidate will:

  • produce and characterise proficiency testing samples and matrix reference materials
  • prepare complex written reports and present scientific results to NMI stakeholders
  • operate, maintain, optimise and troubleshoot GC/MS and LC/MS instruments
  • develop and apply high-accuracy reference methods, primarily for organic compounds in environmental, food and/or biological matrices.


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

A vaccination for Hepatitis B and Tetanus or serology immunity testing will be required prior to commencement with NMI.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill a current ongoing APS Level 5 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing APS Level 5 vacancies should they become available within 12 months form the date advertised.

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:

  • an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  • 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 Raluca Iavetz via or (02) 9449 0178.

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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