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Health Vacancy N.N. 10716773
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency Closing date: Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Job Title: Science Officer - Radiation Measurement
Branch: Radiation Health Services
Section: Monitoring and Emergency Response
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary: $80,863 - $92,494
Location: Yallambie - VIC
Classification: APS Level 6
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 13082
Agency Website:

Job Description


Agency overview

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Our purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.

Section overview

The Monitoring and Emergency Response Section is responsible for ARPANSA’s laboratories, field measurement capabilities and networks that are required for the measurement of radiation in people and the environment. This includes maintenance of ARPANSA’s radiation emergency response capabilities and networks and laboratories under contracts with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation.

Primary purpose of the role

In this role, you will work under limited direction and perform a range of complex scientific tasks associated with the operation and maintenance of laboratory and field radiation measurement systems, particularly those associated with the measurement of radon. You will form part of a small team of scientific and technical-based staff engaged in the measurement of radioactivity in environmental samples and the radiological surveillance of the Australian environment. You will assist with related tasks including the implementation of relevant quality assurance programs, maintenance of records, preparation of technical reports and research activities. Performing a range of scientific tasks, the role requires you to provide assistance to ARPANSA in reporting and advising on sources of radioactivity.

Key accountabilities

• Under limited direction and using standard techniques and methods, undertake a range of complex tasks associated with the provision of professional scientific support for the development and maintenance of ARPANSA’s radiation measurement systems.
• Calibrate, maintain and develop systems to support ARPANSA’s radon measurement capability.
• Provide scientific support and supervision in a small team of scientific and technical staff involved in the measurement of radionuclides in environmental samples and the development of analytical techniques.
• Undertake suitable duties in support of the Section’s programs and projects, in the laboratory or the field, including roles defined in ARPANSA’s Incident Management Plan.



A tertiary degree in a branch of the physical sciences from an Australian educational institution or a comparable overseas qualification or other qualifications and/or experience, which are appropriate to the duties of the position.

Sound knowledge and experience of gamma-ray spectrometry and laboratory quality systems are essential.

You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate from time to time as required. ARPANSA requires all new employees to undertake a baseline security clearance as a condition of engagement.



For further information, please contact Stephen Long via phone 03 9433 2313.

Application close: 12 December 2017

To obtain a copy of our position description and how to apply for this job, please visit for further information.

To apply, please submit your resume, ARPANSA application cover sheet and outlining the key selection criteria in the position description to before you will be considered.

To Apply

Selection Documentation: Stephen Long, 0394332313,
Position Contact: Stephen Long, 0394332313
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS48-Tue - 28 Nov 2017 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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