First listed on: 11 January 2019

Technical Officer

  • Fantastic opportunity to provide technical and operational support at the NSW Brain Tissue Resource Centre
  • Located at Charles Perkins Centre, Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed Term, full-time for 12 months with possible extension and base salary $ 84K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Technical Officer for the NSW Brain Tissue Resource Centre will provide technical and operational support for the research laboratory facilities and ascertainment of cases relevant to the NSW Brain Tissue Resource Centre collection criteria. This includes preparation of human brain tissue for internal and external researchers. Ensures the laboratory facilities meet the needs of the work area and are aligned to the Faculty’s research objectives. Implements measures to minimise excess costs associated with running the laboratory facilities whilst ensuring that facilities provide high quality, professional laboratory services to meet the research needs. Provides sound, expert advice, guidance and technical support to researchers and students using the laboratory facilities, working closely with researchers and key academics and providing collaborative research input for projects being undertaken by the work area. Ensures that the laboratory facilities are well maintained and functioning as required.

The incumbent will be expected to coordinate the activities associated with allocated research projects of the neuropathology laboratory groups. This role will liaise with staff at the Department of Forensic Medicine and the Coroner’s office. Duties are carried out ensuring the relevant Workplace Health and Safety standards are met in the work area and are aligned with the University’s WHS policy.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Technical Officer who possesses the below:

  • Tertiary qualifications likely with Honours in appropriate discipline with relevant experience in related field. May have (or be working towards) completing further studies such as PhD or have extensive specialist experience in the field of research
  • extensive Histology experience, including embedding, microtomy, routine and special staining and Immunohistochemistry
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters.
  • working understanding and current knowledge of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation (including Safe Laboratory Practices for roles based in Laboratory).

The successful candidate will have previous laboratory experience and will be expected to participate in brain donation facilitation. Prepare human brain tissue for neuropathological analysis in accordance with established protocols.

About us

The Discipline of Pathology is one of the research and teaching units within the School of Medical Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine and Health. It is responsible for Pathology teaching in the University of Sydney Medical Program and the Bachelor of Medical Science degree. Aside from teaching, the Discipline also has a number of specialised, externally funded research laboratories and a number of multi-user (shared) facilities. One such specialised laboratory is the neuropathology laboratory which also houses the NSW Brain Tissue Resource Centre (NSW BTRC).  The primary aim of the BTRC is to collect and store human brain tissue that has been clinically and pathologically characterised to facilitate a wide range of research into neurological and psychiatric disorders.  The NSW BTRC is an integral part of the Discipline of Pathology and has national and international affiliations and recognition as a high-quality research facility.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 2195/1118F-1 to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11.30pm Sunday 3rd February 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


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