Senior Technical Officer

Sydney, Australia
13 May 2019
End of advertisement period
28 May 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) examines the natural environment, including life, from the core of the Earth to its upper atmosphere, deep in time through to the present and modelling towards the future.

Research within BEES is clustered within four general thematic areas;

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Climate Science
  • Environmental Change, Sustainability and Resources
  • Paleoenvironments and Earth History

The School of BEES has over 100 academic staff, over 170 research students and 60 honours students.

About the role

  • $93K - $101K plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Continuing
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Senior Technical Officer provides the independent management and development of related School teaching and research laboratories and facilities, which house a range of specialised equipment and related infrastructure.

The Senior Technical Officer contributes to teaching and fieldwork through direct demonstrations. This role also has a strong WHS focus and is required to take a leading role with compliance and WHS requirements.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Independent management of teaching and research laboratories and facilities including but not limited to the coordination of efficient day-to-day management of equipment, infrastructure and services as well as the planning, maintenance, authorisation of access and scheduling of operations.
  • Provide expert specialist technical advice and support for best practice of teaching and/or research in the laboratories.
  • Provide direction and assistance to Technical Officers and other staff to deliver high quality laboratory support to the School.
  • Provide specialist technical knowledge and support for laboratory practical classes in relevant area of expertise.
  • Provide field trip support including teaching and demonstrations, equipment sourcing, preparation, organising accommodation and food, troubleshooting and repairs of equipment and infrastructure as required
  • Oversee management of the Schools’ research and teaching station at Smiths Lake, NSW.
  • Independent management of projects, demonstrations and/or experiments, training and organisation including, design, organisation and operation of teaching/research laboratory experiments and demonstrations.
  • Provide specialist technical knowledge and advice relevant to long-term strategic planning for laboratories and/or facilities in relation to current and future trends in teaching and/or research infrastructure and methods.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures in purchasing, asset management, stock control, and safe disposal of equipment and laboratory consumables ensuring effective relationships with vendors and other stakeholders.
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement, evaluating existing equipment, infrastructure, service delivery and training, as well as systems, procedures and protocols, and maintaining knowledge of current and future trends and technologies, to identify opportunities for improvement. Provide recommendations for new methodologies and solutions to the Technical Laboratory Manager/Academics and implement change.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate complex maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of equipment and infrastructure.
  • Support the Technical Laboratory Manager in managing School wide projects and initiatives which are highly complex, require a working knowledge of multiple disciplines and manage competing stakeholder expectations.
  • Take a leading role in the implementation of WHS for research and teaching laboratories, and facilities including, develop and implement risk management protocols and monitoring compliance.
  • Ensure compliance by laboratory and facilities users with School and University policies on Work Health and Safety requirements. Provision of policy advice and collaboration with School and Faculty WHS Officers and laboratory supervisors and staff to this end.
  • Management of and training in safety requirements for users of the teaching and research laboratories, and facilities, ensuring compliance.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A degree and/or extensive experience in a relevant area, with the capacity to assist academic staff and postgraduate students at all levels in research planning and carrying out research activities.
  • Extensive experience in the technical management of teaching and research facilities in the relevant area.
  • Extensive experience in the policy, planning, operation, and maintenance of teaching and research laboratories and facilities.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the operation and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure used in the relevant area laboratories.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills, with a focus on understanding and communicating concepts and policies to staff, postgraduate students, undergraduate students, and visitors.
  • Demonstrated ability to support and advise researchers and students on the technical aspects of relevant laboratories and the design, development, and conduct of experiments.
  • High level of analytical and problem-solving skills, with a demonstrated ability to consider and make informed decisions regarding experimentation issues.
  • Demonstrated dedication to continuous improvement through long-term planning and expansion of laboratory policy and facilities.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training, with the ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Frank Hemmings


Applications close: May 28th, 2019

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