Forensic Analyst, APS Level 4, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: 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 and DNA standards. The branch also co-ordinates proficiency testing programs to assist laboratories assess their ongoing quality and performance. The branch houses three of Australia’s national testing laboratories for anti-doping, forensic drugs and ultra-trace analysis. The branch 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 National Measurement Institutes’ (NMI’s) Australian Forensic Drug Laboratory (AFDL) is a team of scientists providing forensic science services to government agencies such as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF). The AFDL performs routine identification and quantification of illicit drugs seized by the AFP and ABF for prosecution, reporting and intelligence purposes. The AFDL also performs chemical profiling of illicit drugs to determine geographical origin of cultivated drugs and the synthetic route of manufactured drugs. This forms the basis of strategic and tactical intelligence reports used by law enforcement to assist drug trafficking disruption.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry or Forensic Science 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 magnetic 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 ability to work collaboratively with others, learn and respond constructively to feedback, and contribute to the team’s performance
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the chemistry pertaining to illicit substances including methamphetamine.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to accurately document results and observations, and present scientific evidence in court
  • Ability to conduct complex analysis with limited supervision showing judgement in problem-solving and decision-making
  • Experience working in a NATA accredited forensic laboratory and familiarity with ISO 17025 (Forensics)

What you will do

As a profiling scientist, you will work as part of a team who undertake analysis of methamphetamine samples in order to determine synthetic route. Using a variety of analytical techniques including NMR, GC-MS, UPLC and IRMS, you will undertake analyses on methamphetamine samples submitted by the AFP. The results of your analyses will form the basis of strategic and tactical intelligence reports supplied to the AFP and other agencies.

You will also 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 enforcement.

You will also participate in other laboratory activities that impact on the Laboratory Quality System, including:

  • Operating and maintaining scientific instrumentation
  • Preparing reference material solutions
  • Processing raw analytical data
  • Preparing reports based on evidential analysis
  • Providing evidence in court
  • Working with senior staff to assist in the development and validation of analytical methods
  • Provision of support and advice to the team and the broader NMI, mentoring staff and inputting into multidisciplinary projects
  • Actively contribute to a positive and healthy workplace promoting a culture of inclusivity that embraces collaboration, respect and values diversity


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

Positions require a Baseline security clearance and successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

To undertake this role, the successful candidate must have:

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


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.

Vaccination for Hepatitis A and B is required for this position. NMI will provide vaccination for the successful applicant if required.

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 Brendan Trotter via email at or on 02 9449 0187

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.

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