Technical Officer – Insect Ecology (Fixed-term)

Posted by | October 28, 2009 | Jobs | No Comments

The position of Technical Officer-Insect Ecology is supported by a three-year grant awarded to the Centre for Behavioural and Physiological Ecology (CBPE) by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). The position will provide technical support for an integrated pest management and insect pest identification service with a focus on insect species relevant to the Grains Industry. The Technical Officer-Insect Ecology will also assist in insect sorting, laboratory set-up and management of the laboratory and field equipment.

The appointee will be the first point of contact for stakeholders using or enquiring about the insect identification service and be involved in outreach events to promote and disseminate information about the service. The position will involve travel to the grain growing areas of northern NSW and may require on-farm liaising.

Applicants must have experience in and an ability to competently identify insect pest species in crops, ideally in grains and knowledge of general laboratory and field techniques and procedures. Applicants must also have good interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, computer skills, demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail and ability to prioritise work and to meet deadlines.

This is a fixed term position available until 30 June 2012. Subject to funding and satisfactory performance, there is the possibility of further appointment. While one full-time, fixed term position is currently available, it could be filled by two part-time positions. Applicants should indicate their preference for full-time or part-time work.

This position would ideally suit someone who wishes to retain their career focus while also having the desire for a life-style change in beautiful Armidale, New England. Armidale is surrounded by world heritage national parks, is only 2 hours from the mid north coast and is a unique country town that offers all the facilities of a city. Recognised as a centre for culture, Armidale is well served for art, music, theatre and education, both public and private. KPMG demographer Bernard Salt has rated Armidale in the top 10 boom towns in Australia due to construction and education.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Nigel Andrew, ph: (02) 6773 2937 or e-mail: . For further information about the School visit

Salary $44,467 to $48,152 per annum (HEO Level 4)

plus 17% employer superannuation and optional salary packaging

Closing Date: 9 November 2009

Reference Number: 209/152w

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