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Technical Assistant (WRA)

Canberra, Australia
$71,854 - $86,545 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Closing date
6 May 2024

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Job Type
Research Related, Research Support
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: ANU Officer 4/5 (Technical)
Salary package: $71,854 - $86,545 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Full-time, Continuing (Contingent Funded), up to 36 months

Working at ANU

This is an opportunity to work with a world-class University that undertakes cutting-edge research and has a strong tradition in research-led teaching excellence.

We offer:

  • District (remote area) allowance and leave fare assistance (return economy airfare to Adelaide for non-residents in the NT and return economy rail/bus fare to Darwin for residents in the NT)
  • Generous paid parental leave entitlements of up to 32 weeks. We are one of the leading employers in Australia for parental leave entitlements,
  • Career support, training, mentoring & upskilling opportunities.

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A Diverse and Inclusive Team

ANU is introducing measures to support the recruitment, inclusion and retention of employees with disability. To find out more, please click here.

ANU is a large, diverse employer with staff working across numerous professions (see the full list of available roles here. We are a recipient of the bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and a platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and from individuals who may have had a non-linear career path, career gaps or career breaks.

The Position

Geophysics Area at The Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University is seeking to appoint a Technical Assistant at the Warramunga Seismic and Infrasound Research Station, with a ~40 km daily commute from Tennant Creek, Northern Territory

The Research Station operates a 24-element seismic array and an 8-element infrasound array as part of the International Monitoring System for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO). Data is transmitted by satellite link to the International Data Centre in Vienna. Information about CTBTO can be found at:

The Technical Assistant is responsible for supporting the Operations Manager in the operation and routine maintenance of the Warramunga Seismic and Infrasound Research Station, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. The duties include operating the seismic and infrasound monitoring facilities and servicing, troubleshooting, repairing and modifying a wide range of scientific, power system and communication equipment.

The Person

To excel in this role, you must either complete a Trade Certificate II or III with relevant work experience, or possess an equivalent mix of relevant experience and/or education/training in Electronic Engineering (or a similar field). This includes technical expertise in maintaining and repairing electronic equipment, as well as comprehensive knowledge of various digital and analogy electronics, such as UHF telemetry, PC systems, and mechanical equipment. Due to the remoteness of our facility, you will commute daily from Tennant Creek. Your ability to engage in fieldwork in harsh environments, which includes equipment maintenance and preventive measures such as vegetation slashing and firebreak construction and maintenance, is essential. A current driver’s licence (preferably 4WD) is mandatory. Your ability to lead by example and excellent communication and interpersonal skills will enable you to foster respectful and productive working relationships with staff, students and colleagues at all levels within RSES in line with the RSES Culture Statement.

Learn more about the ground-breaking research and world class facilities of the Research School of Earth Sciences here.

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić on T: +61 6125 3213 or E:

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents:

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), and
  • A maximum of a two-page summary addressing your suitability against the selection criteria.

If you require adjustments to participate in any of the above assessments, please contact our HR team at E: Any adjustment request or the disclosure of disability will not be communicated to the selection committee without the candidate's consent and will not have any bearing on hiring decisions.

For examples of common reasonable adjustments please click here.

The successful applicant must have the right to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

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