Laboratory Technician

Sippy Downs, Australia
04 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Role Statement

SALARY LEVEL: Classification Level 4 (Salary range A$59,452 to A$62,525 gross per annum plus up to 9.5 percent employer super contributions)
APPOINTMENT: Full-time,fixed-term (12 months)


USC will be a university of international standing, a driver of capacity building in the Sunshine Coast and broader region, and an unsurpassed community asset.


The University will be:

  1. A comprehensive university of 20,000 students by 2020;
  2. Positioned in the global tertiary education community as a top-100 university under 50 years of age; and
  3. A primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.


The School of Science and Engineering (SSE) is a multi-disciplinary School and one of four schools in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering (FoSHEE). The School is diverse and is divided into two key discipline areas: Engineering, and Science and Environmental Science.

The School offers a wide variety of programs that emphasise producing graduates with greater career options by equipping them with a degree that is more attuned to the job market. 

The engineering program at USC is supported by a number of laboratories and a fabrication workshop in the engineering precinct on campus. These include a Civil Engineering laboratory (Roads, Water, Fluid Mechanics, Materials and Geomechanics), a Physics Laboratory, Wind tunnel room, Structures laboratory, Metrology laboratory, Manufacturing laboratory, Hydrology research laboratory, and Robotics and Automation laboratory. The engineering technical support (ETS) team is housed in this precinct. 


The Laboratory Technician is a part of the ETS team that contributes to the delivery of academic programs within the  School through the provision of technical, mechanical and construction services to teaching and research activities. The team provides support to other areas within the university, in particular, support of designing and fabricating equipment for research. This role supports the teaching activities in the disciplines of Engineering and physical sciences by undertaking the set-up, pull down, preparation of equipment and supply of materials for practical classes in the laboratories.  Responsibilities will include scheduled maintenance of teaching infrastructure which includes laboratories, workshops and associated equipment ensuring that the mechanical elements are services and repaired.

The incumbent is required to have an understanding of the relevant Workplace Health and Safety legislation and safe operating procedures to ensure that users of equipment adhere to the safety requirements.  Completing risk assessments for activities involved in the set up of practical classes are a part of this role as is taking initiative in identifying, reporting and controlling hazards in relation to plant and equipment.  

The successful candidate will have skills, knowledge and experience equivalent to the completion of an associate diploma with relevant experience or completion of a trade certificate with subsequent extensive experience and expertise as a technician in a relevant engineering field.  Experience working in a teaching laboratory environment, working with instrumentation and some electrical knowledge would be well regarded. 

Sound skills in basic work-shop fabrication and computer literacy are essential as is a current driver’s licence.  While the technical skills are an important basis for this role, strong collaborative skills and experience in providing responsive customer services with an understanding of  stakeholder management are also key aspects of this role.  

Additionally, in accordance with the University’s Staff Code of Conduct – Governing Policy, all staff are expected to display professional behaviour, communicate respectfully, and perform their duties responsibly.

A current forklift driver’s licence and  possession of a first aid certificate would be desirable.

A role statement is not intended to limit the scope of a role but to highlight the key aspects of the role. The requirements of the role may be altered in order to meet the changing operational needs of the University.


Associate Professor Selvan Pather
Associate Professor in Mechancial Engineering
School of Science and Engineering
Telephone: +61 7 5456 5147


Midnight, Sunday 20 August 2017


All applicants MUST provide both a statement of claims and resume/curriculum vitae. 

Information regarding how to prepare your application and write an effective statement of claims is available on our website information for applicants

As part of your role, you may be required to travel to any one of USC's locations.

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USC values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion.
USC strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.