OzGrav Education and Public Outreach Coordinator

Hawthorn, Boroondara, Australia
$92, 838-$100,221
13 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology – Physics and Astronomy
  • HEW 8: $92, 838-$100,221 plus 17% superannuation
  • Full-time or part time (0.6 – 1.0 FTE), fixed term position for 2 years, based at the Hawthorn campus

Swinburne aims to be a leading university in science, technology and innovation, with real impact that transforms industries and shapes lives and communities. We have an international reputation for research excellence, innovation and impact through active research engagement with industry, business and community. Ranked in to the top 200 institutes in the world in science, we offer high-quality teaching, focussing on student-centred and industry-engaged learning.

Swinburne hosts the headquarters of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) that is using the first detections of gravitational waves to understand the physics of black holes and warped space time. OzGrav will use these historic discoveries to inspire and educate the public and students about science. The OzGrav Education and Public Outreach Coordinator will play a key role in the Centre by developing, implementing and coordinating the education and public outreach activities of the Centre across all its locations. This is a key position within OzGrav that will involve close engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders, including researchers, PhD candidates, the general public, the media, and schools, teachers and students at primary through to tertiary level.

This position will be offered with an initial two-year contract, with the offer of further extensions subject to performance. This position may be occupied at the level of part time (0.6 FTE) through to full time, subject to the successful incumbent’s experience, interests, and preferences.

Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role you will require a working with children check and be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent communication skills, and demonstrated ability to convey complex ideas to diverse audiences, including children and the public
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects, manage multiple tasks, and train others.
  • Understanding of web systems and social media and high level of computer literacy.
  • Experience with the education sector, public and media relations, and/or science communications is desirable

A full list of the selection criteria within the position description


As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various voluntary salary packaging options. Other discounts include annual Myki cards and private health insurance. We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including negotiable removal expenses for Academic staff, paid maternity/partner leave, working from home and part time options are available.

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

Swinburne is committed to advancing gender equality in academia, particularly in STEM disciplines. Swinburne was one of the first Australian universities to join the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot to improve the promotion and retention of women and gender minorities in STEM. We also welcome applications from Indigenous people; varying age workers; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the WGEA as the Employer of Choice of Gender Equality 2015, and of key initiatives such as Pride @ Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2020 vision – to become Australia’s leading university in Science, Technology and Innovation.

How to apply

To start an application, click on 'begin' at the bottom of the page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description. Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

If you require further information and are interested in opportunities to contribute to both the outreach and research programs of OzGrav, please contact Prof Matthew Bailes, OzGrav Director, on email: mbailes@swin.edu.au or Dr Yeshe Fenner OzGrav, Chief Operating Officer on email: yeshefenner@swin.edu.au

If you are experiencing technical difficulties submitting your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Refer to position numbers: 32619
Applications close: 5pm on Friday 31 March 2017