NSW Government | Veterinary Virologist Trainee Jobs in Sydney, NSW

NSW Government | Veterinary Virologist Trainee Jobs in Sydney, NSW


Job Position: Veterinary Virologist Trainee

Company: NSW Government

Expected salary: $83957 per year

Location: Sydney, NSW

Veterinary Virologist Trainee Job Details:


  • Temporary full-time opportunity for 3 years (with scope for extension)
  • Location: Elizabeth Macarthur Agriculture Institute (EMAI), Menangle, NSW
  • Salary: (Professional Officer Grade 1-4) The salary range for this position is from $83,957pa + flex and super (commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience, as outlined in the Crown Employees (Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development) Professional Officers Award and the NSW DPI Professional Officer Progression Criteria)

The (DRNSW), (NSW DPI) division is responsible for effective management and risk minimisation of biosecurity threats to NSW as well as the through-chain regulation of food safety. It delivers a risk-based approach to policy and compliance and provides regional engagement and coordination in response to emergency incidents impacting primary industries and the food sector.

Located 60km south of Sydney, and sitting on 1600 hectares, the (EMAI) is the (DPI) Centre of Excellence for Plant and Animal Health. It is NSW’s premier biosecurity facility with critical infrastructure and world recognised research scientists. Built to the latest standards EMAI delivers “Disease Intelligence for Disease Control” through its world class laboratories and animal containment facilities, international experts and national and international linkages. It provides local, state, national and global disease advice through NSWDPI, to the commonwealth, the WOAH and FAO.

About the role

In your role as a Veterinary Virologist Trainee at EMAI you will assist with diagnostic and research investigations of viral infections of farm livestock, poultry and aquatic animals that could lead to loss of markets for NSW livestock products; damage the reputation of these industries for food safety and quality; reduce welfare and the efficiency of production or pose a threat to public health. You will undertake research to support disease control programs through the development of new diagnostic tests and vaccines, to maintain or improve market access for animals and products, increase the efficiency of animal production and reduce risks to public health and the impacts of feral animals on the environment.

You will be actively involved in the conduct of research trials involving the collection of samples from a wide range of animal species as well as supervising staff appointed to assist achievement of research project outcomes. It will be necessary to communicate with and provide technical advice to clients of diagnostic and research services to ensure their needs are met.

What You’ll Have:

  • Degree in Veterinary Science (or equivalent), registrable with the Veterinary Practitioners Board NSW
  • Comply with work standards according to the level of appointment described in the Crown Employees (NSW Department of Trade and Investment) Professional Officers Award and the Professional Officer Progression Criteria (1-4).
  • A current driver’s licence.
  • A desire to advance a long-term career in veterinary virology.
  • Previous experience with animal disease investigation in a field context would be an advantage, however previous virology experience is not essential for appointment as a trainee. The successful applicant will undertake a period of intensive training in veterinary virology.

In addition, the successful candidate will be able to:

  • balance competing demands and deadlines in a fast paced, constantly changing environment;
  • carry out a wide range of specialised scientific functions, including the development and application of new technologies and techniques;
  • identify areas of priority for industry and the Department for research, develop and promote research proposals to generate funding support

What’s on Offer?

  • We value our people. Work is meant to be enjoyed! We believe in a flexible and relaxed working environment allowing people to operate in a manner that cultivates a friendly culture and reduces stress levels.
  • A culture of ambition, support, and inclusivity. We are passionate about what we do, and we want to work with those who share that same drive. We promote an open-door policy and encourage collaboration between all staff.

Applying is Easy!

All applications must be submitted online, including your current resume (of no more than five pages) and a cover letter (no more than two pages) which demonstrates how your previous experience and capabilities make you an ideal candidate for this role.

Application closing date: Sunday 28 January 2024

The successful applicant in this role will be required to undergo reference checks, National Police Check and Bankruptcy Check.?

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. If you are viewing this advertisement on LinkedIn, please click ‘Apply’ to access more information about this role via the I Work for NSW website.

For Further Information

For further information about the role please contact Peter Kirkland at


How to Apply?

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