Technical Officer, Optics

Melbourne, Australia
12 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
12 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Full-time, on-going opportunity
  • Based in the vibrant city campus on Swanston Street
  • Opportunities to actively contribute & provide support to the Discipline of Physics/Engineering through research, engagement and technical activities
  • Work in a close-knit team environment that supports continuous learning & development
  • Competitive salary packaging + 17% superannuation

Position Summary

As a Technical Officer (Optics), you will be responsible to support daily operations and the research active equipment and labs within the discipline of Physics and elsewhere as required. Coming into this position, you will be require to work independently to navigate, operate and maintain the existing high-end scientific optics equipment and instruments as well as to ensure those equipment's is repair in a timely manner. In addition, you will need to provide specialist support and training to lab users, research students, and researchers. You will be working closely with researchers from across multiple ARC Centres of Excellence and other researchers in Physics/Engineering.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Train staff and students on how to operate the equipment, conduct user registration and instrument bookings and monitor the use of instrument
  • Ensure and maintain the proper safety protocols and safe operation of laboratory equipment and the OHS processess
  • Provide specialist technical support & advice to research staff and students.
  • Perform maintenance of equipment in labs and supply of consumables.
  • Ensure all laboratory works are performed following laboratory policies and RMIT policies and procedures as well as any legislative requirements

Skills and Experience Required

  • Degree qualified in Physical Sciences, Engineering or related areas. Experience working in research laboratory environment will be an added advantage.
  • PhD in Physics, Engineering or Materials Science will be highly regarded.
  • Proven experience in operating and maintenance of variety of high-end optics and laser systems.
  • Experience and knowledge in optical characterisation of fluorescent (bio)materials and photonic chips using high-end instrumentation using combinations of fluorescence correlation (FCS), fluorescence life-time imaging (FLIM), or spectroscopy.
  • Competent users in navigating computers, software, hardware and computers interfaced with laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and efficiently as well as sound analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Passion and ability to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organisation, a drive for pursuing best practice and equipped with strong technical report writing and verbal communications.


Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices

Our Organisation

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

The College comprises four Schools delivering a broad range of programs in science, engineering, health and technology at apprenticeship, certificate, bachelor, masters, and PhD levels. Many programs articulate between vocational and higher education, creating pathways for further study. There is a vibrant research community attracting funding from a range of government and industry sources. The College has an annual income of approximately $425 million and employs over 1,000 staff providing on and offshore programs to approximately 20,000 students.

Details about the College may be found at


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Be part of RMIT's academic life and attend various events and workshops
  • Free access to RMIT staff gym (including free Yoga and Pilates classes)
  • 2% salary increase each year and annual leave loading of 1.35%
  • MYKI pass discount
  • Additional annual leave

To find out more, please visit our website: RMIT Employee Benefits

To Apply

For further information, please contact Dr Desmond Lau (Technical Manager - Electrical, Electronics & Instrumentation) at 03 9925 2923. Alternatively, to view the position description, please click on the link and search using job reference number 575796.

Applications close on Sunday 12th May 2019.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to be a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

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