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Senior Technical Field Officer


University of Sydney


Eveleigh, NSW

Salary etc:

$104,633 - $113,992 p.a. + 17.00% super. (HEO7). Fixed-term, Full-time.



  • Full time, fixed term position, until 1st November 2025. Located in Eveleigh at the Faculty of Science.
  • Opportunity to provide specialist technical advice and support to the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.
  • Base Salary HEO7 $104,633 - $113,992 p.a. + 17% superannuation. 

About the opportunity

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences is seeking a Senior Technical Field Officer to oversee operations and provide specialist technical advice and support in the field (primarily) and in the lab. The incumbent will undertake experiments and ensure all equipment is in safe, sound and working order. You will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with work, health, and safety requirements.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide specialist technical advice and undertake experiments in collaboration with researchers and other technical staff in the laboratory and field.
  • Demonstrate the use of (sometimes complex) scientific equipment and apparatus.
  • Conduct field measurements of soil carbon across farms.
  • Analyse qualitative and quantitative tests by recording and computing relevant data following analytical tests and investigative tasks.
  • Train staff, visitors, and students in the safe operation of (sometimes complex) laboratory and field equipment.
  • Manage technical information requests, including quotations for fees for service and contract research work.
  • Procure and analyse samples according to an agreed protocol and provision of sample specimens to the National Soil Archive.

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 Senior Technical Field Officer who has:

  • A bachelor's degree in Ecology, Agriculture, Soil Science, Engineering or relevant field.
  • Relevant experience in research methodologies.
  • Expertise in monitoring and implementing safety requirements.
  • High level skills in the preparation and running of experiments.
  • Demonstrated experience using databases and/or statistical analysis programs.
  • Significant experience in a similar role in a laboratory environment.
  • Experience in preparing soil samples and conducting soil chemical analysis will be highly regarded.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the reasons for the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.


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