Principal Scientific Officer

Department of Mines, Industry, Regulations and Safety

Location: Cannington

Job Type: Full time


Contribute, Develop and Thrive at DMIRS!

Contribute – give back to your community, share your knowledge and improve safety.

Develop – grow your skills, develop a career path, and expand your horizons.

Thrive – find balance between work and home life, make a change and enjoy a better future.

A permanent appointment is available in our Occupational Health, Hygiene and Noise Team located at our Cannington office.

What will you be doing?

In this role, you will be contributing to the safety of the community by managing a team, conducting or overseeing sensitive and complex investigations relevant to occupational hygiene, enforcing the Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation and providing professional/technical advice on occupational hygiene in the workplace (general industries, ie non-mining workplaces).

As Principal Scientific Officer, you are responsible for identifying and responding to the most complex emerging issues and trends related to occupational hygiene. You will have strong interpersonal skills to liaise with internal and external stakeholders, as well as manage the team to promote a positive culture.

The Job Description Form (JDF) for this role is attached below.

What does the department do?

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) supports a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector.

We lead with integrity, deliver on commitments, strive for excellence, and look for better ways of doing things.

Underlying everything we do are our values of being respectful, responsive, forward-thinking, transparent, fair, and ethical – these are driven by our staff who make DMIRS a success.

To learn more about the Department and what we have to offer, please visit our website, and to keep up to date on activities, you can follow us on LinkedIn.

Who will you be working with?

We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve and inclusive culture where all employees feel valued, respected and connected. Our workforce's diversity is our strength; it enhances our ability to be forward-thinking and responsive in the services we deliver to the Western Australian community.

“After I took enforcement action, I saw a huge improvement over a six month period. They employed a full time safety officer and I could see from my return visits that they were making some real improvements. You know that it’s you who made the difference and that feels so good.” Eve, Principal Scientific Officer

The Occupational Health, Hygiene and Noise team is part of a WorkSafe directorate with specialist teams in Plant and Engineering, Human Factors/Ergonomics, and Asbestos, as well as industry teams. We are a team of dedicated professionals, we work hard together to achieve our goals and we are all willing to contribute our knowledge and experience to meet our goals.

What can we offer you?

We offer a supportive, diverse and innovative environment, with great benefits, including:

  • Great work/life balance with 37.5 hour working week as a standard and flexible working hours for most roles.
  • Leave options including purchase leave, deferred leave and long service leave after 7 years.
  • Stable work, job security, fair remuneration, 10.5% superannuation contributions to a provider of your choice and salary packaging options.
  • The ability to give back to your community and make a difference in the health outcomes of industry.
  • A collaborative environment with the ability to gain insight from subject matter experts in your field.
  • Opportunities for professional development, acting, shadowing and mentoring.
  • Support to grow your skills with a wide range of training options.
  • Build a healthy lifestyle with our award-winning Health and Wellbeing program.
  • Supportive work environment including an Employee Assistance Program to assist you deal with life’s challenges.

Where will you work?

This position is located in Cannington. Get away from the city and enjoy the benefits of this location, close to a major shopping centre with food and entertainment activities. Easily accessible by public transport, (please note, the Armadale/Thornlie line will be closed for 18 months from early 2023 and replacement bus services are planned.)

A café is on site, with friendly staff, great coffee and a selection of healthy lunch options.

This office is light and open plan, with breakout areas, spacious meeting rooms and multiple kitchen areas.

You will also enjoy onsite lifestyle facilities, including secure bike storage, fully equipped change rooms, personal lockers or consider a discounted membership at the Cannington Leisureplex a short walk away.

What are we looking for?

You must have a Bachelor of Science Degree or higher qualification relevant to occupational hygiene for this role.

To be competitive for this role, please submit a detailed resume and covering letter (of no more than 2 pages) addressing the following;

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting very complex investigations relevant to occupational hygiene in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and respond to the most complex emerging issues and trends relevant to occupational hygiene in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated project and team management experience.

You are required to hold a current Western Australian C or C-A class driver’s licence or equivalent for this role.

All requirements, capabilities and pre-employment checks listed on the attached JDF will be assessed as part of the selection process. Pre-employment checks will include; a national police check, a medical assessment including Q fever testing and vaccination, and a Psychometric assessment.

Need some help with how to apply?

We have prepared an Applicant pack which is attached below, step by step the pack tells you how to go about preparing your resume and cover letter.

Speak to the hiring manager

Contact Sally North, Director WorkSafe Service Industries and Specialists on (08) 6251 2311.

Ready to join our team?

Click ‘Apply for job’ below, complete the online application form and attach your resume and cover letter.

Employment conditions

Suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and youth may be given priority consideration over non diversity group applicants to achieve public sector outcomes. People with disability will be provided with reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

Whilst this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, it may also be used to fill other "similar" vacancies for appointment (permanent, fixed-term, full-time or part-time) throughout the department for the next twelve (12) months.

You can contact Grace Wilhelm, Senior Human Resources Officer on (08) 9222 3643 or email for information about employment conditions and the application process.

CLOSING DATE: 4.00 pm on Friday, 14 October 2022 (WST).

Your application submission must be complete by the closing time; applications that are in progress or submitted after this time will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted on time.

We look forward to hearing from you!

- Applicant information Pack
- Job Description Form

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