Project Scientist, APS Level 4, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Sydney
Categories: APS Level 4, Science, Engineering, Technical

About the National Measurement Institute

We are the Australian Government’s national authority on measurement. We play an important role in the Australian economy by leading, maintaining and regulating Australia’s measurement system. We deliver world-class measurement products, advice and client services and administer the regulatory framework for measurement. Our national measurement standards are recognised internationally and we work to enhance and maintain these standards.

We value the different skills, knowledge and perspectives our employees bring. We’re committed to giving everyone an equal opportunity to participate, contribute and progress. Our values and behaviours centre on being, adaptable, innovative, accountable, strategic, inclusive and influential.

About the team

The Chemical and Biological Metrology Branch provides measurement standards such as certified reference materials. These include:

  • Pure chemicals
  • Gas standards
  • Matrix materials
  • DNA standards

The branch:

  • Co-ordinates proficiency testing programs to assist laboratories assess their ongoing quality and performance
  • Houses three of Australia’s national testing laboratories for anti-doping, forensic drugs and ultra-trace analysis
  • Delivers services across all of these fields and carries out research and development to enhance our capabilities in line with national and international requirements.

The Chemical Reference Materials Section provides pure organic substance reference materials across a range of sectors such as agrichemicals and anti-doping. The team has documented procedures for the sourcing, synthesis, purification, characterisation and certification of materials in compliance with international best practice and is NATA accredited to the standard ISO 17034. The team maintains a collection of around 500 standards and is continually evolving its collection to meet stakeholder needs.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree in chemistry or related discipline.
  • Experience with analytical instrumentation such as gas and/or liquid chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, accompanied by basic trouble shooting skills.
  • Working knowledge of relevant quality standards including ISO 17025 and ISO 17034.
  • An understanding of the concepts of measurement uncertainty and metrological traceability.
  • Comfort in the use of computer based data management systems and the use of computer applications relating to data manipulation and laboratory data systems.
  • Proficiency in mathematical and statistical calculations.
  • Experience in computer programming and scripting (eg visual basic, SQL, R)
  • Strong capability MS Office, particularly Word, Excel (including macros), Powerpoint and Chemdraw.
  • The ability to work both independently and within a team environment, showing excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently exhibit the NMI values of being adaptable, accountable, innovate, inclusive, influential and strategic.

What you will do

  • Operate and trouble shoot analytical instrumentation, including HPLC with UV detection, GC-FID and NMR spectroscopy.
  • Prepare organic calibration standards for sale to clients in accordance with the quality system.
  • Undertake data analysis in Excel workbooks and update certificates of analysis using Microsoft Word.
  • Input into database development associated with laboratory functions.
  • Maintain documented records of scientific and administrative work.
  • Maintain laboratory supplies and general housekeeping.
  • Maintain a safe working environment adhering to on-site safety rules and regulations.


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

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 position is non-ongoing for an initial period of 18 months, with possibility of extension.

A merit pool may be established and used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies for 18 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette.

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).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr Michael Moawad,, or (02) 9449 0262

Learn more about our values

The NMI has invested in identifying and defining six critical values for success for the organisation:

  • Adaptable: We embrace new ways of working to meet present and future challenges
  • Innovative: We learn from today to create solutions for tomorrow
  • Accountable: We each take personal responsibility for what we do, why we do it and how we work with others to achieve NMI’s goals
  • Strategic: We navigate uncertainty with clear purpose and direction
  • Inclusive: We champion a safe and supportive environment, powered by diversity of thought, experience and culture.
  • Influential: We create opportunities to promote our value, broaden our reach and increase our impact.

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 full time/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 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 refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

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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