First listed on: 05 March 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship - Laboratory Assistant

The Opportunity

  • Learn while you earn
  • Achieve a national certificate qualification
  • Great work environment for people starting their careers

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program is an initiative of the CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Strategy which seeks to significantly increase Indigenous employment nationally within CSIRO. Through this strategy, CSIRO aims to enhance the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

An opportunity exists for a trainee to join CSIRO Manufacturing to undertake a workplace-based traineeship. In this role you will assist in the day-to-day work of the Biomedical Synthetic Chemistry group, including helping to maintain the cleanliness and good order of the laboratory and assisting with maintenance of equipment. You will develop a basic understanding of the language of organic chemistry, while learning to accurately weigh and prepare chemical samples and purification techniques to assist scientists with the purification of chemicals.

Over the course of the traineeship, the successful applicant will undertake on-the-job training and complete a nationally accredited qualification relative to their position. The course fees for this qualification will be paid for by CSIRO. Upon successful completion of the training package the trainee will be considered for further employment with CSIRO subject to the availability of a position.

Your duties will include

  • Preparing chemical samples and purifying materials.
  • Assisting with general laboratory housekeeping, and providing assistance to colleagues with activities pertaining to the immediate work area.
  • Responding courteously and efficiently to requests for services, while keeping clients informed about progress and redirecting requests to appropriate staff when required.
  • Under general supervision, following instructions regarding the method/approach and techniques to be used in order to perform routine experimental or operational tasks.

Location: Clayton, VIC
Salary: AU$23,459 to AU$26,001 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Duration: Specified term of approximately 24 months depending on course of study
Reference: 60514

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description

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Open to people of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent (Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent will be required prior to confirming the traineeship). 

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

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You will be requested to provide:

  1. A resume and cover letter advising why you are interested in the traineeship with CSIRO; and
  2. Confirmation of Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander descent (this can be provided later if necessary). 

Applications Close

25 March 2019

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