Support Technician in Nutrition/Dietetics/Occupational Therapy

Sippy Downs, Australia
01 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Part Time

Salary Level:  Classification Level 5 (Salary range A$64,572 to A$72,768 gross per annum pro rata plus up to 9.5% employer superannuation contributions)
Appointment:  Fractional (40%), fixed-term (12 months duration)

USC Vision

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.

University Strategic Goals

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.

Overview of Technical Services

USC's Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering (FoSHEE) is a driving force of innovative teaching through a platform of engagement and research excellence. The Faculty unites multiple disciplines including nursing and midwifery, science, education, engineering, biomedical science, paramedic science, occupational therapy, public health, sport and exercise science and nutrition and dietetics and has over 5000 students enrolled across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

FoSHEE provides laboratory, fieldwork, workshop and simulation-based learning technical support for teaching, research and engagement activities. This support is provided by Technical Services, and as part of the Office of the Executive Dean (FoSHEE), the work area manages the teaching and research technical support requirements for the Faculty’s academic programs and research agendas through efficient provision of services and management of equipment and infrastructure.

Overview of the Role

Under limited supervision, the Technician provides technical support for the delivery of practicals in the Nutrition & Dietetics (N&D) teaching kitchen with back up support to the Occupational Therapy facilities. As the liaison between Technical Services and the academic staff, the role contributes to the processes and methodologies to achieve student learning outcomes within practical classes. The role requires communicating with teaching staff to organise food preparation and cooking, kitchen equipment and facility waste management and storage requirements, as well as revision and review of safety protocols, procedures and HACCP compliance. This position is responsible for the ongoing functionality, cleaning, inspection, maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment used in the Nutrition & Dietetics Kitchen.

Other responsibilities include ensuring the safe operation and appropriate use of the N&D Kitchen cooking facilities, menu creation and recipe trials, ordering of perishable and non-perishables, and equipment inventory stocktake.


The incumbent will have the ability to work independently and manage time and concurrent activities to meet outcomes and deadlines.  They will be expected to exercise sound judgement, take initiative and solve problems. Experience in the provision of Nutrition & Dietetics and Occupational Therapy technical support would be highly advantageous.

The ability to cook and modify recipes as appropriate, operate kitchen cooking facilities and maintain high standards of cleanliness and safety, is essential. The understanding and creation of risk assessments is also an essential part of the role. The incumbent will be required to work collaboratively in a team, deliver effective and timely client (academic and researcher) service and demonstrate responsiveness in a fast-changing academic environment. This position comes with a flexibility requirement in the hours worked each day during the week.

The successful candidate will hold a relevant Degree in Health Sciences or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training.  Experience in a Nutrition & Dietetics tertiary environment and a love of cooking is highly desirable.

In particular, the Technician must be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced food preparation and cooking skills,
  • Sound computer literacy,
  • Ability to work independently and meet the physical requirements of the position,
  • Adherence with safety and HACCP requirements.


  • A current manual driver's licence and first aid certificate.

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 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.

Contact for Further Information

Mrs Ava Kerr
Manager, Health, Sport and Exercise Facilities
Technical Services, Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering
Telephone: + 61 7 5459 4605

Closing Date

Midnight, Sunday 17 September 2017.

To Apply

All applicants MUST provide a statement that addresses each of the selection criteria contained within the position description and their resume/curriculum vitae. 

Information regarding how to prepare your application and effectively address selection criteria 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.

To apply please click the Apply button at top of screen.

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