About Racing Australia
Racing Australia is the national body comprised of the Australia's eight State and Territory Principal Racing Authorities which regulate the Thoroughbred industry.
Racing Australia's primary functions and responsibilities are to administer and manage:
- the Australian Rules of Racing and the Rules of the Australian Stud Book;
- the intellectual property conducted through Racing Materials; and
- Information services for the Australian horse racing industry.
About Racing Australia Equine Genetics Research Centre
In October 2017 Racing Australia announced a new Equine Genetics Research Centre will be established which will be responsible for DNA parentage and diagnostic testing for the Australian Stud Book, in addition to up to 30 other Australian breed societies.
The new facility will be established within Scone’s Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre complex and is expected to be operational by April 2018. Building works are due to be completed by the end of this year.
Racing Australia is seeking a full-time Laboratory Manager to oversee and run the core objectives of the laboratory, DNA parentage and diagnostic tests. The successful applicant will be responsible for overseeing the activities of technical staff, maintaining research equipment, procurement of labware and consumables, and the day to day activities of the laboratory including DNA extraction, PCR, microsatellite analysis and Sanger sequencing. There will be opportunities for research and potentially further study in equine genetics in the future, if desired. You will answer directly to the Laboratory Director.
This position is based in Scone, NSW and is expected to commence in late January 2018.
The position requires the incumbent to develop working relationships with key industry stakeholders, including breeders, owners, principal racing authorities, staff and industry participants.
The successful candidates will possess the following key skills and experience:
- Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or equivalent level of knowledge gained through education, training and/or experience in molecular biology, biotechnology, DNA diagnostics, or a related field
- At least three years’ experience in a laboratory environment
- Documented experience in laboratory management
- Experience with basic molecular biology and related protocols including DNA extraction, PCR and Sanger sequencing, including troubleshooting
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
- Excellent communication skills
- The ability to work both independently and in a team environment
- An understanding of safety practices
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to work to deadlines
- Knowledge or an interest in the horse or Thoroughbred racing industries
- Previous experience in microsatellite analysis
The successful applicant will need to pass a police probity check before being employed by Racing Australia.
How to Apply
Your application must include a cover letter addressing the selection criteria above and contact details for 3 referees.
Enquiries and/or applications can be submitted to the inaugural Director of the Equine Genetics Research Centre Dr Natasha Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday 24 November 2017.