The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for a Research Assistant—Science, Technology, Environment and Resources, within the Research Branch of the Parliamentary Library.
The Research Branch of the Parliamentary Library provides information, analysis and advice to the Parliament. Within the Branch, the Science, Technology, Environment and Resources (STER) section covers topics such as Australia’s natural environment (including water and forests), energy and electricity, emissions, geology and resources, technology, transport, biosecurity and medical advances.
The Section’s work is diverse and challenging, and involves providing information or tailored briefings directly to parliamentarians and their staff, often within tight deadlines. The work may also involve writing or contributing to publications.
We are looking for someone with a science background and good information research skills, and who is a clear and accurate writer, possesses a strong client service ethic, is well-informed, quick to find information and quick to learn. Communication skills—both oral and written—must be of a high order, as must your professionalism, judgement and common sense. An ability to work smoothly with others in a small team is essential.
You must possess relevant tertiary qualifications in a science discipline (or engineering), be able to write well, and be able and willing to explore topics outside your area of specialisation or interest. Ideally you should have broad general knowledge in science and areas relevant to the Section, as well as some interest in current affairs, politics and/or legislation.
You will be helping the work of Senior Researchers, as well as working independently, sometimes under limited supervision.
Eligibility and/or Job Specific Requirements