Program Manager, Optical Instrumentation

Sydney, Australia
31 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary Package of $143k negotiable (including superannuation)
  • Appointment Type: full-time, 2 ½ years fixed-term (i.e. to 31 June 2021)
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

In this newly created role, the Program Manager will lead a team of project specialists and managers in developing and delivering a suite of innovative and highly specialised astronomical instrumentation projects for major international telescopes and industrial partners.

The Program Manager will be responsible for:

  • Driving best practice in the delivery and oversight of large-scale long-term instrumentation projects including project management methodology, systems engineering, quality control, and risk management
  • Building and managing relationships with clients, internal and external stakeholders including managing high value and/or high risk contracts with clients or vendors
  • Developing business cases for resources, operational improvements, facilities, and infrastructure to enhance operations and ensure AAO-Macquarie is at the forefront of innovation and technology application
  • Overseeing and managing the resource allocation matrix and the process of allocating staff to projects, and monitoring and reporting on this allocation
  • Promoting a culture of excellence and outstanding service across the technical team

About You

You will have extensive industry experience in delivering high precision and bespoke technical or scientific projects and have worked across a number of project and engineering methodologies. You will have experience in a matrixed resource allocation approach and be adaptive and flexible in delivering to stakeholder expectations and project deadlines.

To be successful in this role, you will be an engaging and trusted leader with a strong track record of developing capability and building high performing teams. You will have a proven ability to build and maintain multi-disciplinary project teams across function boundaries and high level communication, negotiation and stakeholder management skills.

About Us

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community.

Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO)-Macquarie commenced at the University on 1 July 2018 with a vision and exciting agenda for transformation in both scale and efficiency.  In addition to growing the mission of world-leading excellence in astronomical instrumentation, AAO-Macquarie’s team of experts will build on the University’s existing strengths in astronomy, photonics, laser technology, microfabrication, applied optics and sensing communications, with the aim of increasing industry engagement, identifying opportunities to apply AAO-Macquarie’s expertise to medicine and defence, and expanding its presence in the fields of optics and sensing,

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:

  • A Bachelors Degree in physics, engineering or a relevant discipline and substantial relevant experience in technical project management
  • A strong track record of successfully managing high value technical projects involving complex situations and effectively navigating through unanticipated obstacles to deliver on time, to specification and within budget
  • A demonstrated inclusive and collaborative management and communication style with strong interpersonal skills and ability to exercise influence and make critical business decisions
  • Sound experience implementing a strong Health and Safety culture in a complex and highly technical laboratory environment
  • Knowledge and experience of systems engineering practices
  • Knowledge and experience in resource and team management
  • Knowledge and experience in astronomical or scientific instrumentation (desirable)
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting and advancing principles of equity, inclusion and diversity in STEMM workplaces

For further information view the  Position Description.

Role Specific Enquiries: Jon Lawrence, Professor of Optical Instrumentation via e-mail

General Recruitment Enquiries: Katherine Rodionoff, HR Consultant via e-mail

Applications Close:Tuesday November 27 2018 at 11:55pm EST

Macquarie University is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We value individual difference and recognise the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff are a driving force for collaboration, innovation and impact.

We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people regardless of their gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or family status, and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University.

AAO-Macquarie has achieved silver status in the national Pleiades awards scheme that monitors performance in equity, diversion and inclusion in astronomy and physics research groups.