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Attorney-General’s Department
Job reference: 511589
Location: 5000 – ADELAIDE
Job status: Short Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

Classification: PO1
Salary Range: $66,469 – $81,142
Duration: Up to 6 months
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Number of Positions Available: 1
Closing Date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 30th November 2022

About the Opportunity

The primary purpose of the Laboratory Scientist is to provide an efficient and timely forensic DNA analytical service in casework, which includes handling samples in matters of significant complexity, sensitivity or public prominence. The position contributes to the delivery of a high-quality forensic examination service to the justice system of South Australia.

About the Business

Forensic Science SA (FSSA) provides a comprehensive, coordinated range of services to agencies associated with the justice system including the State Coroner, South Australia Police (SAPOL), the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and defence and civil litigants.

We are part of the Attorney General’s Department and the Director, FSSA reports to the Executive Director, Legal & Legislative Services.

Within FSSA there are four scientific/medico-legal operational areas: Pathology, Chemistry, Biology and Toxicology, each analysing materials using a diverse range of scientific equipment and processes.

The operational areas are supported by Administration, Information Technology and Projects, Science Support and Quality, who each provide underpinning services in support of the operational areas.

For more information about the Attorney-General’s Department and also FSSA, please visit and

Special Conditions for Employment

Employment is dependent upon a National Police Certificate clearance that the AGD finds satisfactory. Successful applicants will be provided further information if an interview is requested. Forms are not to be lodged directly with SA Police (SAPOL) under any circumstances and any fees incurred by applicants in doing so will not be recoverable from the AGD.

  • Some interstate and intrastate travel may be required.
  • A degree in a relevant scientific discipline.
  • Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology including an understanding of the application of DNA testing in a forensic environment.
  • Experience working in a biology or diagnostic laboratory, or experience with laboratory analyses as part of undergraduate coursework and/or student research placements/projects.
  • The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working, including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Additional Notes

You will be prompted to attach your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter (2 pages) after you have answered the questions via the link below. For more information please download the Job Application Pack and Job and Person Specifications.

For further information about this exciting opportunity that is not covered by this website please contact Tom Sobieraj, Manager Biology, FSSA on 8226 7700 or

Click Apply and follow the prompts to submit your application.

The Attorney-General’s Department values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

The South Australian public sector supports flexible ways of working including part-time working arrangements wherever reasonably possible. The sector is diverse and desires to increase in diversity and to create opportunities for more South Australians.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application via the contact above or our website

Applications close: 30/11/2022 11:30 PM

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