WHS Advisor

Job Title: WHS Advisor
Contract Type: Permanent Recruitment
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Reference: BBBH20146_1601523732
Contact Name: Ali Kimmorley
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 23, 2020 12:48

Job Description

  • Laboratory, science or research background
  • Enhance existing policies and procedures; stakeholder engagement
  • 0.8 full time equivalent - across 4 or 5 days

About the organisation

The mission of Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) is to improve the health and wellbeing of the community by undertaking world-class research, from discovery to applied, in collaboration with their partners, the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District and the Community.

As the world evolves, so too, does HMRI, and we are now at the exciting next phase of our journey towards being global leaders in the effective and efficient translation of health and medical research to develop high-value health solutions.

As part of the implementation of HMRI's current strategic plan, a recent organisational redesign has resulted in the creation of a number of new positions for which we are now recruiting. Each position will be fixed term contract until 30 September 2022 based on the current funding model.

About this role

The role of WHS Advisor is an expanded position for HMRI and has been designed to enhance existing WHS policies and procedures and create and implement relevant additions to the WHS Management System (WHSMS). Ultimately your position will be to ensure HMRI meets legislative requirements relating to WHS and achieves best practice across the Institute.

Excitedly, the role is one of development, education, support, facilitation and communication across all areas of research and operations, including areas of WHS, biosafety and chemical safety. The WHS Advisor is to consult and assist researchers, staff and management to ensure a practical implementation of WHS requirements within the facility.

In addition, the position will provide the WHS Advisor with opportunity to collaborate with a range of stakeholders including the University of Newcastle Health and Safety Team and the Faculty of Health and Medicine to establish and maintain a safety culture based on effective training and continuous improvement. The role will also work closely with the University's Institutional Biosafety Committee and the Chemical and Radiation Technical committee to ensure associated compliance requirements at HMRI are managed appropriately.

The position is based on 0.8 full time equivalent and can be performed across 4 or 5 days per week.

About you

You will be able to demonstrate a keen eye for detail and a passion for acting as the systems custodian, promoting its functionality, and creating a great user experience by providing support to internal and external stakeholders.

Previous experience and skills we are seeking include:

  • Previous experience within a laboratory, science or research organisation
  • Proven ability in developing, implementing and monitoring of a WHSMS, and the supporting plans, policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Strong knowledge of current WHS legislation, Codes of Practice and Australian Standards and demonstrated ability to keep abreast of changes and updates
  • Working knowledge of the Laboratory Safety Series AS/NZS 2243 and in particular AS/NZS 2243.3
  • The ability to proactively engage, negotiate and collaborate with multiple stakeholders on complex issues
  • Microbiology or Molecular Biology experience with an understanding of Gene Technology Legislation and requirements in relation to PC2 facilities (desirable)
  • A tertiary qualification in Work Health and Safety (or equivalent) is desired.

How to apply

To access a copy of the success profile pack including position description and essential criteria, please visit

Applications should include cover letter addressing the criteria and a CV. Confidential enquiries can be made to Ali Kimmorley or Warwick Bartley on 02 4929 1666. Applications for this position close COB Monday 26th October 2020.

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