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Senior Technical Officer (Systems)

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Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Laboratory & Research Support, Farming, Animals and Conservation

Senior Technical Officer (Systems) 

  • Fixed-term, full time position until December 2024.
  • Based in Hobart.
  • Provide technical expertise and leadership for the lobster aquaculture program.

Based on the picturesque banks of the River Derwent, in scenic Hobart, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) was established in 2010 and is a research institute within the College of Sciences and Engineering.  IMAS delivers premier research, policy development and support, extension and innovation through strong industry partners and education programs.

The Opportunity

The Senior Technical Officer (Systems) will provide technical expertise and leadership for the lobster aquaculture program. Duties will include supervision of enthusiastic senior technicians across animal production areas, including broodstock, hatchery and juvenile research.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide expert technical assistance with the planning, preparation and execution of research projects, including contributing to their content and interpretation.
  • Provide expert technical advice on the design, development, construction of aquaculture systems, and their ongoing operation and maintenance.
  • Provide leadership and direction to technical staff across the research project.
  • Operate in accordance with the University of Tasmania OH&S and biosecurity policies and guidelines.
  • Active engagement with research partners and supervision of external contractors.
  • Maintain records and facilitate electronic data entry, analysis, interpretation and preliminary report preparation.
  • Participate on the weekend and after-hours on call roster, provide emergency backup for the aquarium. 

Selection Criteria

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

  • Degree level qualification in Aquaculture or related field with at least five years’ relevant work experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Highly experienced in managing multidisciplinary teams, supervising technical staff of various levels and effective people management skills.
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of aquaculture systems. 
  • Ability to manage records and data with a very high level of accuracy and present results in a concise manner.
  • Willingness to be on call to assist with out of hours coverage and emergency backup for the aquarium and to work weekends on a roster basis.


Appointment to this role will be at HEO 7 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $119,950 comprising base salary within the range of $93,273 to $102,521 plus 17% superannuation.

COVID-19 Update:

The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide the following supporting documentation:
    • Resume;
    • Cover letter (1-2 pages) outlining your suitability and motivation for the role;
    • Your responses to the selection criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Professor Greg Smith, Director, ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture, or (03) 6226 8268.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Sunday, 30 October 2022, 11.55pm

Download File Position Description - Senior Technical Officer (Systems).pdf

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfil the requirements of this role.

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Applications close: Tasmania Daylight Time

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