Lead Research Laboratory Technician (Marine Pollution)


Seabin Foundation Limited


Balmain/White Bay, Sydney, NSW

Salary etc:

$60,000 - $65,000 p.a. + super. Contract, Full-time.


Degree level or similar experience in applied sciences and/ or engineering.

Primary Purpose of the role:

To lead the operations of the Sydney Seabin™ Ocean Health Data Hub and undertake scientific research into macro and more specifically microplastics captured in Seabin catches. To host and present our findings to stakeholders, ranging from school groups to corporates and volunteers.

Key skills and experience:

  • Ability to work independently, unsupervised and remotely.
  • Excellent organisational skills and able to multitask.
  • Open to receive advice, suggestions & constructive criticism.
  • Be a positive and patient leader, able to delegate tasks and take control when needed.
  • Sound background and knowledge in scientific research, data collection, scientific rigour and experimental design.
  • Experience in reporting and disseminating information in a simple and efficient way.
  • Be comfortable and confident in presenting to groups.
  • Fully understand and learn the technical details about Seabins and how they work.
  • Help Enviro Techs conducted data sampling and organise samples as they arrive.
  • Proficient computer skills and sound understanding of Microsoft suite.
  • Excellent data management and attention to detail.

Role responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the experimental design of Seabin microplastic sampling.
  • Organise, maintain and efficiently operate the Seabin™ Ocean Health Data Hub.
  • Create a system of processing and archiving Seabin samples.
  • Oversee the quality of work produced by the Laboratory Technician.
  • Conduct microplastic sampling.
  • Coordinate Seabin™ toxicology sampling (outsourced).
  • Maintain strong stakeholder relationships.
  • Engage in STEM education workshops and host education groups to promote Seabin™ research through data collection demonstrations with volunteers and community.
  • Engage with the Seabin community (marina, staff, volunteers, community members).
  • Organise and deliver events associated with the laboratory.
  • Learn to work and provide assistance with the Pollution Index™ database (contribute to its evolution through the new mobile app and online dashboard).
  • Attend meetings with the team, collaborators and potential sponsors & donors.
  • Ensure safety for all who interact with the Seabin catches, equipment and the lab itself.

Start Date: Late May/Early June, 2022.

Basis of Employment: Full-time (FTE).

Probationary Period: 3 months.

Contract term: 1 year with review.

Days/Hours of work:

FTE equivalent 38hrs per week (based on 7.6 working hours per day).

5 days per week, Monday to Friday. Some weekend work may be required from time to time.


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