My Melbourne with Serrin Rowarth

April 12 / 84

Serrin Rowarth
Serrin Rowarth

What is your unit?

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

What is your job title?

Technical Assistant-Officer

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

Twelve years

How did you come to work at the University?

I filled in for two weeks as a casual while someone was on holidays and stayed.

Describe your typical day

I read the paper on the one-hour train trip, followed by caffeine consumption.

The work day starts with answering/sending emails and talking to researchers and staff
followed by a shower required to enter the area I work in. Then I update and chat with the
technicians regarding the tasks at hand, followed by collecting biological samples for
genotyping analysis and allocating biological resources to researchers. Then it's out of the
controlled area for lunch.

After lunch is the time for analysis of results, data entry on the database, liaising with
researchers and juggling their requirements while being fair to all (usually several people
require the same thing at the same time!). 

Then I answer and send more emails, and 4pm is coffee time (I really need a rest by then!),
before a final bit of database work before heading home.


What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

The most satisfying part is working with really great people. We have 30 people in the lab,
and I enjoy seeing each person every day. Having their trust (and that of others within the
department) to supply exactly what they require, without question is particularly satisfying.
The most interesting aspects are that I am always learning, and constantly having to think
about what I am doing, and what the outcome will be.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Always work methodically.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?

I do tapestry. It relaxes me.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

I don't buy it on campus. I buy it every morning at Top End Deli, which is close by.

What do you like most about the University?

It's easy to get to from home, and also the week off between Christmas and New Year.

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