Technical Assistant

Sydney, Australia
20 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
06 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to contribute to the research and development taken place at the Jericho Smart Sensing laboratories within the Sydney Nano Science Hub
  • Join the University of Sydney – collaborate with industry experts, working within the Eggleton research group
  • Full-time, 1 year fixed-term contract. Base salary: $74k-$83k (HEO 5) plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Technical Assistant to join the School of Physics, at the University of Sydney. The Technical Assistant will assist with the work performed in the Jericho Smart Sensing laboratories that exist within Sydney NanoScience Hub, as well as other research laboratories of the Eggleton research group. The focus of this role is to provide essential technical professional support to researchers and students using the laboratories. The Technical Assistant undertakes routine analysis in accordance with established procedures/standards, prepares the laboratory for student practicals, prepares and carries out experiments related to the research work being undertaken by the work area.

The role will assist the researchers to develop electronic prototypes and ensure that laboratory and research equipment is properly maintained and functioning safely, while also conducting proper waste management of hazardous materials, as according to WHS protocols.

Responsibilities will include:

  • participating in a research programme for the Sydney NanoScience Hub
  • providing laboratory research support and technical assistance on electrical and electronic matters to staff and students
  • assisting the Electronic Engineers and researchers to design complex electrical and electronics systems to meet research needs
  • maintaining the laboratory workplace ensuring that the research, learning and teaching requirements of the work area are suitably and safely met
  • assisting the Lab Manager in completing an electrical safety risk assessment, determining and quantifying any inherent electrical safety issues present in designed items and proposes, where appropriate, control measures
  • undertake ad-hoc project and other activities such as acquiring materials or external resources as required for specific projects

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Technical Assistant who possesses experience in the following areas:

  • demonstrated experience in designing and construction of digital and analogue circuits including customised PCB design
  • demonstrated usage of circuit design tools (such as Altium, cadence)
  • demonstrated understanding of high voltage lab equipment such as power supplies, amplifiers, pulsers and RF devices
  • keen awareness of issues related to dealing with commercially sensitive or confidential information related to research
  • sound working knowledge and acute awareness of electrical safety standards
  • desirable experience in maintaining a laboratory workplace
  • proven ability to work with electrical and electronic systems using a wide range of internal equipment and external supplied resources
  • proven ability to integrate desktop hardware and software interfaces for electronics prototypes, including connectivity (such as USB, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth) to scientific instruments
  • desirable previous experience in assisting a Lab Manager
  • demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise work, sometimes under pressure, with competing priorities and sometimes limited supervision

About us

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teachers to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

Faculty of Science is one of six faculties operating within the University and includes the Schools of Chemistry, Geosciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Psychology, the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science. The Faculty stewards a range of research entities including the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, and partners with University-wide research centres including the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), the Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) and the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST).

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 523/0320F to apply.

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 6 April 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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