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LIMS Basic Developer/Technical Officer, Science and Technical Level 4, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Sydney
Categories: National Measurement Institute, APS Level 4

About NMI

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is Australia's peak measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement.

Our vision is to deliver capability for measurement in Australia that is world class, increases national economic efficiency, enhances export trade prospects, empowers sound environmental regulation, and enables effective social and health policies.

About the team

The LIMS Developer role is part of the Australian Forensic Drug Laboratory (AFDL), a team of 15 scientists providing forensic science services to government agencies such as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF).

The AFDL conducts routine identification, quantification and chemical profiling of illicit drugs for prosecution, reporting and intelligence purposes. The AFDL maintains a laboratory information management system for sample tracking, results entry and report generation.

The LIMS Developer role will report to the Senior Profiling Chemist and be actively involved in developing and implementing new LIMS capability.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking an experienced candidate to undertake this non-ongoing opportunity for a six month period. 

Our ideal candidate will have;

  • Experience in the development and use of computer based data management systems, including writing advanced level SQL queries.
  • Knowledge and experience with LIMS basic and LIMS systems is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated high level of commitment, self-motivation and initiative, ability to work effectively in a team environment and to exercise sound judgement in a competitive and changing environment.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to prioritise work flows.
  • Demonstrated experience in computer programming and scripting (visual basic, SQL, R)
  • Experience in computer applications relating to data manipulation and laboratory data systems.
  • Knowledge of scientific laboratory processes and the Quality Assurance and Quality Systems principles and practices will be looked on favourably.
  • Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and effectively in a team environment in accordance with equity provisions.

Tertiary qualifications in Science or Computer Science will be highly regarded.

What you will do

As the LIMS Developer, you will;

  • Work closely with the NMI development team and LIMS vendor to develop modules for a new LIMS system within AFDL
  • Code new functionality as part of the new LIMS development
  • Conduct testing of new LIMS system as required
  • Document, maintain and improve best engineering (coding) practice
  • Upskill and share knowledge of proprietary LIMS scripting language with NMI team
  • Receive and register samples in the LIMS system.


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.


Tertiary qualifications in Science or Computer Science will be highly regarded.

This non-ongoing opportunity is available for an initial period of six months, with possibility of extension.

How to apply

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 Helen Salouros via email on

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 for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact 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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