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Technical Officer, Toxicology (VPSG2)

Audiovisual Technicians
Contract Full Time
15 days ago

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

Salary: $55,439 - $71,194

Occupation: Science

Reference: VG/FM1961_AUG

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is Australia’s most comprehensive forensic medical facility. We serve the Victorian community and the whole of the Victorian justice system, especially the courts.

We provide the justice system with evidence to underpin safe convictions and appropriate acquittals. Our doctors help investigate deaths reported to the Coroner, examine alleged offenders and assess, treat and support victims of crime.

The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria supports patients and their families by providing safe tissues for transplantation and medical research.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to hearing from you.

About Us

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) is an independent statutory authority governed by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985. It is part of the Justice portfolio of the Victorian Government.

The work of the VIFM can be described as a cycle of three parts:

  • Providing forensic medical & scientific services and tissue banking
  • Learning from this work
  • Researching and teaching.

VIFM is based at the Coronial Services Centre which also houses the Coroners Court of Victoria.

This position sits within Forensic Services which includes the departments of Forensic Pathology, Forensic Sciences and Clinical Forensic Medicine. Forensic Science encompasses Toxicology, Molecular Biology and Histology, and support VIFM's vision with providing a core forensic toxicology service to the State of Victoria in relation to deaths reported to the coroner and Victoria Police.

About the Role

The Technical Officer's role supports the core forensic toxicology service, and involves the receipt, processing and storage of specimens received in the laboratory for analysis. This role also requires the technical officer to perform toxicology testing in both coronial cases and cases submitted to the laboratory from Victoria Police. The provision of this service is essential to meeting the evidence provision in the courts for all Victorian Medico-legal cases.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of techniques used in clinical or analytical chemistry.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of good laboratory practice, and OH&S issues related to laboratory, scientific or medical environments.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team to achieve outputs and agreed deliverables.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to multi-task and handle multiple demands.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce accurate work, with attention to detail.


  • Bachelor's degree in science, or equivalent, relevant to toxicology.

How to Apply


The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  • A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.
Salary Details*
Salary Type Normal Wages
Base Salary $55,439
Superannuation 9.5%
Bonus offered No
Total Package $60,706
* Salary details are calculated without bonus and monthly payout as per tax bracket without tax threshold and other allowances. Its always good to confirm these details with the employer or recruiter.
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