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Fabrication Lab Coordinator

Darlington, Australia
$95,860- $103,341+ 17% superannuation
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

Job Details

  • Full time fixed term 6 months
  • Opportunity to provide expert technical support to students and researchers using the facilities of the Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab (DMaF Lab) at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • HEO 6 Base Salary $95,860- $103,341+ 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Fabrication Lab Coordinator is a team leader in the Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab who supports a positive and effective team to deliver technical instruction to students and support to researchers, focusing on analogue and digital workshop fabrication technologies.

The role provides effective leadership, guidance and support to staff in the work area, managing day-to-day operations within a fixed allocation of resources. The incumbent also ensures that the relevant Work, Health and Safety standards are met in the work area and are aligned to the University's WHS policy.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • coordinate the daily operation of the fabrication laboratory facility, overseeing a team of technical staff to provide expert technical support to students and researchers in Design and Architecture using the facilities of the Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab (DMaF Lab)
  • lead a team to manage the provision of a broad range of teaching, curriculum and research support to academic and teaching staff, ensuring the needs of the School and work area are met effectively and efficiently
  • coordinate staffing and support requirements, developing inductions and training, overseeing digital safety record keeping and lab communications to students and teaching staff
  • ensure that the fabrication lab is properly maintained, that machinery maintenance protocols are in place and delivered for equipment, and ensure lab compliance to University WHS guidelines
  • manage the student teaching spaces in the fabrication lab, teaching students and training other staff to teach demonstrations, inductions and practical classes being run in the fabrication laboratory.

About you

  • the role will suite someone with a mix of administrative, leadership and technical design and making skills. They need strong competency with administration to plan and coordinate a roster of casual staff, and will be responsible for running online resources for lab inductions, developing digital induction and WHS record systems, and overseeing student communications from the lab
  • intermediate computer skills, with proficiency with excel, purchase ordering, budgeting and planning as well as a good knowledge of CAD and design software is important to achieve these goals
  • coordination and stakeholder management skills. Coordinating a team of casual technical staff to ensure the lab achieves its curriculum and research support requirements will require effectively interfacing with academic stakeholders, including unit coordinators, with other work units of the School and University.
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills. Working with a varied casual team of specialist technicians to collaboratively achieve goals will require good interpersonal skills, versatility in communication styles, and a supportive, team-focused approach to achievement. They will prioritise and manage day to day operations within a fixed allocation of resources (salaries and non-salaries) and to align to University WHS policy and local guidelines
  • technical knowledge relevant to a design-focused lab will be important. They will be teaching a high volume of inductions on workshop machinery across timber, metal and casting technologies as well as overseeing record keeping for these activities
  • extensive practical knowledge and experience of at least one specialist fabrication skill, material properties and behaviours relevant to the work area
  • leadership skills. This position will be expected to lead a team and will be responsible to oversee the day-to-day operation of the facility, appropriately scheduling and planning, and addressing issues that arise in the fabrication laboratory.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

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

How to apply

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For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Rae Hao, Recruitment Consultant, on 8627 0063 or by email to

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