Laboratory Technician (General Teaching Support)

University of Melbourne

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Job no: 0020106
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Continuing Faculty of Science
Faculty: Science
School/Department: School of BioSciences
Salary: 
UOM 4 – $73,943 – $78,476 p.a. plus 17% super

  • You will provide technical teaching support for the practical teaching program for the School of Biosciences.
  • Ensure smooth laboratory operations and provide assistance during teaching sessions.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!


About the Role
Join our team as a Laboratory Technician, where you’ll play a vital role in providing technical support for our dynamic undergraduate practical teaching program. Based primarily in the First Year Biology laboratories, you’ll be responsible for preparing practical classes across various subject areas including botany, ecology, genetics, and zoology. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of our students’ educational journey in the School of BioSciences.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing support by preparing and setting up materials and experiments for subjects across the teaching laboratories;
  • Packing up and dismantling experiments and demonstrations, including the disposal of by-products and waste in accordance with appropriate health, safety, environmental and other relevant regulations;
  • Assisting with day-to-day duties including but not limited to record keeping and maintaining equipment bookings; ensuring consumables are stocked and available for the required activities and are correctly stored;
  • Attending laboratory classes to be on hand to assist students, demonstrators and academic staff and to assist with non-functional equipment during classes.

Who we are looking for
You will possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, coupled with a strong dedication to delivering outstanding client service. Additionally, proficiency in maintaining accurate records and basic computer tasks, including word processing and database management, is essential for success in this role.

You will also have:

  • A degree in Science or Applied Science (BioSciences);
  • Demonstrated understanding of laboratory techniques relevant to the biological laboratory, e.g., preparation of media and chemical solutions; sterilisation; molecular biology and microbiology techniques;
  • Understanding and experience of laboratory safety practices and procedures;

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements please refer to the attached PD.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your new team – “The School of BioSciences“

The School of BioSciences was formed in 2015 through the amalgamation of the School of Botany and the Departments of Genetics and Zoology thus bringing together a critical mass of 160 Academic staff and over 200 Research Higher Degree students undertaking world class teaching and research in the biological sciences. Our research falls into two domains: the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology domain and the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology domain. We host a number of significant research centres. Our work is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, and research capacity is strengthened by strategic partnerships with other institutions, government agencies, and industry.

The School of BioSciences is a major contributor to teaching of some 3000 undergraduates each year in the Bachelor of Science, as well as a broad range of postgraduate programs.

What we offer you!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services, and discounts on graduate courses. For more information check out our benefits page!

The University of Melbourne
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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities, and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality, and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at [email protected] , with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled “Reasonable Adjustments Request”.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture, and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https://about.unimelb.edu.au/reconciliation/murmuk-djerring

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Anna Gradoboeva via email at [email protected] , ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

Position Description

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