Laboratory & Technical Support Specialist, Geosciences

Short Description

Provide specialist technical support for all staff and postgraduate students in the geochemical/mineralogical processing laboratories

Key Selling Points

  • Provide highly specialised technical support to staff and students
  • Join a world class team
  • Great opportunity to live and work in Tropical North Queensland

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Laboratory and Technical Support Specialist, Geosciences, within the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies at James Cook University (JCU). JCU is committed to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference. A continuing appointment, this role is based at the Townsville campus in picturesque tropical North Queensland.

Our Division

The Division of Tropical Environments and Societies recognises the grand challenges facing the world today and the particular role that will be played out in the tropics. Here more than anywhere else environments and societies will see dramatic change in population growth, loss of biodiversity, and an apparent need for food production and security.

Through its four Colleges, the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies is internationally recognised for its world ranking in marine biology, aquaculture, tourism and climate change and is uniquely positioned to deliver excellence across teaching and learning and research in these areas.

Your Role

An accomplished professional in your field, you will supervise the geochemical/mineralogical processing laboratories and provides specialised technical support for staff and postgraduate students in the development of projects, financial operations and ensure workplace health and safety protocols are adhered to.

You will have a proven ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders as you provide geochemical and isotope services for both internal and external users and clients using specialised and sophisticated equipment. You will conduct geochemical/isotope analysis and sample characterisation by electron microscopy and mass spectroscopy in the Advanced Analytical Centre as well as preparing reports for commercial work as required.

Key to your success will be your extensive experience in geochemical and isotope techniques and the preparation of mineral separates, mineralogy and petrology, particularly in relation to the ability to assess the suitability of samples for analysis.

Culture & Benefits

JCU offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth as well as diverse career opportunities. JCU prides itself on being dedicated to teaching, learning and research that is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.

  • Generous superannuation scheme with 17% employer contributions
  • five weeks annual recreation leave
  • flexible working arrangements
  • attractive options for salary packaging
  • Relocation and sponsorship assistance may be provided to the successful candidate at the negotiation stage.

How to Apply

If you are an established professional looking to make a difference to Science professionals of the future, please apply at

Vacancy reference: 15777

Applications close: Midnight, 23 October 2016

posted: 06 October 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.