Physics Technical Officer

Kensington, Australia
$81,199 - $86,620
19 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
13 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Vibrant & diverse campus life at a leading research & teaching university
  • Support 10 Academics in experimental Physics across their Labs
  • Condensed Matter, Astro & Quantum Physics, Opto & Nano Electronics

Do you know one end of a helium dilution refrigerator from the other?  Have you worked with high-vacuum systems, microwave electronics, class 4 lasers & high field magnets?

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

UNSW Science ranks in the world's top 50 universities for natural and life sciences.  We have been evaluated as the number one university in the State under the "Excellence in Research for Australia" framework.

The School of Physics houses a number of experimental departments researching and exploring the fundamental science for applications to make significant & positive change to our world.

About the role

  • $81,199 - $86,620 + 17% Superannuation & Leave Loading
  • 3 Year Fixed Term
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Technical Support Team is critical to ensuring the excellent work of the school is performed without compromise due to underperforming facilities or equipment. 

  • CMP facilities - helium dilution refrigerators, high-vacuum systems, microwave electronics, high field magnets, class 4 lasers and associated measurement apparatus) 
  • Fabrication facilities - high vacuum deposition systems, a glove box, furnace ovens, and fume cupboards
  • Astrophysics - design electronic systems using multilayer surface-mount boards, optical elements, servo systems, and 3D printed parts.

Reporting to the Technical Support Manager the successful candidate will ensure the smooth running and operation of the laboratory facilities.

  • Coordinating and assisting with the installation, maintenance, and repair of equipment and research infrastructure
  • Maintaining research facilities including routine servicing of vacuum and other equipment as well as supervision of external contractors
  • Coordinating routine inspections of research facilities, addressing any defects and noncompliance issues associated with safety and general maintenance
  • Providing high level advice on health and safety issues and in particular common environmental hazards

About you

You enjoy working with exceptional people and take great pride in supporting world changing endeavour.

  • Prior experience in Lab environments setting up similar equipment
  • An authentic interest in research science supported by formal qualifications or equivalent experience
  • The necessary technical capabilities and a practical aptitude in soldering, vacuum equipment, cryogenic infrastructure, optical systems, metal/woodworking equipment or using computer aided design software
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a supportive and engaging manner

You are data rational, practical and organised but what sets you apart is the positive energy and insightfulness you have with people.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.


James McCay, Talent Acquisition Consultant


T: (61 2) 9385 2462

Applications close 13 May 2017