Equine Genetics Research Centre – Laboratory Technical Officers

Racing Australia
November 8, 2017
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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.


The Opportunity

Racing Australia is seeking up to three full-time Technical Officers to develop and run the core objectives of the laboratory, DNA parentage and diagnostic tests. The successful applicants will be responsible for 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 Manager.


These positions are based in Scone, NSW and are expected to commence in late January 2018.

Working Relationships

The position requires the incumbent to develop working relationships with key industry stakeholders, including breeders, owners, principal racing authorities, staff and industry participants.

About You

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
  • Knowledge of basic molecular biology and related protocols including DNA extraction, PCR and Sanger sequencing
  • 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


All successful applicants 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 natasha.hamilton@racingaustralia.horse by no later than Friday 24 November 2017.

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