Senior Scientist - Organic Analytical Chemistry, Executive Level 1, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Sydney
Categories: Executive Level 1, Research, Science, Engineering, Technical

About the department

The department plays a key role in the Australian Government’s agenda to create jobs and build a stronger, more resilient and competitive economy. Our work builds on Australia’s existing strengths, supports businesses to grow, and drives new opportunities for long-term productivity growth and prosperity. The success of the department helps Australia recover from the economic consequences of COVID‑19 and adapt to its ongoing effects. Through our work, we support the government’s economic recovery plan and help to deliver a better future for all Australians.

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 Branch

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.

About the team

The Chemical Reference Values team within NMI is a team of 14 scientists that develop high accuracy reference methods. This position reports to the Chemical Reference Values Technical and Development Manager and has responsibility for the production and certification of solution certified reference materials and chemical matrix reference materials, and provision of reference values for NMI and external proficiency testing programs. The position is also responsible for the benchmarking of NMI’s capabilities via comparisons with other metrology institutes internationally. The position is responsible for managing a small team, maintaining quality and safety standards and contributing to the strategic direction of the group.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic individuals with:

  • Extensive experience in organic analytical chemistry and its application using metrological principles.
  • In depth knowledge of relevant quality standards, including ISO 17025, ISO 17034 and ISO Guide 35.
  • Experience in the provision of reference values for organic analytes in a range of matrices using high accuracy methods, with knowledge of measurement uncertainty and the practical realisation of traceability of chemical measurements.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to produce complex technical reports and deliver presentations.
  • Experience in managing staff, including the ability to develop and mentor staff.
  • Ability to think strategically and contribute to technical leadership for a scientific team.
  • A work approach and behaviours aligned to NMI’s values of inclusive, innovative, accountable, adaptable, influential and strategic

Our department has a commitment to inclusion and diversity, with an ambition of being the best possible place to work. This reflects the importance we place on our people and on creating a workplace culture where each and every one of us is valued and respected for our contribution. Our ideal candidate adds to this culture and our workplace in their own way.

What you will do

The successful candidate will be responsible for the:

  • Management of a work program to deliver reference values for organic measurands across a range of sectors and applications
  • Development and application of high accuracy methods, especially isotope dilution mass spectrometry and strategic planning of future requirements for capabilities and services in this area
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting of instruments for organic analysis such as GC and LC mass spectrometers.
  • Promotion of the NMI by: engaging with stakeholders, coordination of workshops, publications, conference attendance, membership of relevant national and international bodies.
  • Management of staff including training and development and mentoring.
  • Actively contributing 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.


A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies within 18 months from the date the vacancy was first advertised in the Gazette.

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

The department does currently offer flexible work opportunities for many roles. This vacancy is Sydney based, although flexible or remote work arrangements may be considered. Please reach out to the contact officer to discuss this further.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. The selection panel may not consider applications containing classified information.

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.

Please complete your application online and 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.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

Contact Information

For more information on this vacancy, please contact Mark Lewin on 02 9805 4105 or

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