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Forensic Analyst, APS 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 Institutes’ (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

Our ideal candidate will;

  • Hold a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry from a recognised university
  • Demonstrate an understanding of analytical chemistry and experience in advanced organic analytical techniques, such as;
    • gas chromatography,
    • liquid chromatography,
    • mass spectrometry,
    • infrared spectroscopy,
    • nuclear resonance spectroscopy
  • Have prior knowledge of the chemistry pertaining to illicit substances, including precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of amphetamine type stimulants such as methylamphetamine.

In addition, the successful candidate will have;

  • Demonstrated understanding of analytical chemistry and experience in organic analytical techniques, e.g. gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the chemistry pertaining to illicit substances, including precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of amphetamine type stimulants such as methylamphetamine.
  • Experience working in a NATA accredited forensic laboratory and familiarity with ISO 17025 (Forensics).

What you will do 

As a Forensic Analyst, you will form part of a team who undertake analyses on drug seizures and controlled substances in order to identify the substance and confirm its purity. The results of these chemical analyses form the basis of evidential statements required by law enforcements.

You will also participate in other laboratory activities that impact on the Laboratory Quality System. The position also contributes to the illicit drug profiling program and working with specialised analytical instrumentation.

In this role, you will demonstrate your skills, experience and capabilities through;

  • Performing chemical analyses of illicit drugs
  • Operating and maintaining scientific instrumentation
  • Preparing reference material solutions
  • Processing raw analytical data
  • Preparing reports based on evidential analysis
  • Providing evidence in court
  • Having a good knowledge of analytical chemistry pertaining to the analysis of illicit drugs including new designer drug classes
  • Prior knowledge of a laboratory quality system and requirements for meeting National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation.

Eligibility

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

To undertake this role, the successful candidate must have:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry from a recognised university.
  • Demonstrated understanding of analytical chemistry and experience in organic analytical techniques, e.g. gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the chemistry pertaining to illicit substances.
  • Experience working in a NATA accredited forensic laboratory and familiarity with ISO 17025 (Forensics).

Security Clearance

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

Notes

A vaccination for Hepatitis A and B or serology immunity testing may be required after commencement with NMI.  This will be provided by NMI once you have commenced in the role.

There are currently up to three non-ongoing positions available within the AFDL. This non-ongoing opportunity is for an initial period of six months, with the possibility of extension to be negotiated with the successful applicant/s.

A merit pool may be established and used to fill future non-ongoing vacancies.

How to apply

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

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description.

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 Julian RUSSO on Julian.Russo@measurement.gov.au or (02) 9449 0187.

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 is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at inclusion@industry.gov.au for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact recruitment@industry.gov.au or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please 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.

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