Senior Technician

$75,363 - $92,511 yearly
  • The University of the South Pacific (USP)
  • Alafua, Apia, Samoa
  • Nov 01, 2019
Contract Farming, Animals & Conservation Teaching, Education & Training

Job Description & Skills/Qualifications Required


School of Agriculture & Food Technology – WBA010

The Opportunity

The appointee will be responsible for the overall management of the operation and general maintenance of analytical equipment which may include ICP-OES, CHN Analyser, AAS, Nitrogen Analyser, Bomb calorimeter and Autoclave. Program and calibrate climate instruments such as automatic weather station, PAR data loggers and sensors, plant measuring instruments such as leaf area meter, canopy analyser and photosynthesis unit.

The appointee will be responsible for: undertaking Senior Technician duties; overall management of Campus laboratories; supervise all Laboratory Technicians; prepare analytical standards working standards and quality controls; maintain laboratory facilities, equipment and materials in optimal operational condition; and generate income through analysing soil, plant and animal feed samples from farmers, MAF, MNRE and SPC.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have: Postgraduate qualification or progress towards Postgraduate qualification in Laboratory Science or related field and extensive experience in Laboratory; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/ or education/ training; knowledge and experience in the operation and general maintenance of analytical equipment; ability to liaise with overseas laboratories in ordering equipment; knowledge and experience with computer programs; ability to provide training for technicians with new laboratory technologies; experience in the management and supervision of paraprofessional staff; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


The position is available for a term of 3 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement. Salary Range: Level 2 WST 75,363 to WST 92,511 per annum (Inclusive of 15% Gratuity) Enquiries: Associate Professor Siaka Diarra, School of Agriculture & Food Technology; email:

Closing date for applications: 8th December 2019.

How to Apply

Candidates are strongly encouraged to use the University’s on-line E-Recruitment system to view further details and apply for this position at Candidates may request further information, send enquiries by email to Human Resources Office,
ph: (679) 3232072; email: or

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria, and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job Functions

Laboratory & Technical Services


Education & Training  


Indoor,   Outdoor  

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