Laser Laboratory Engineer

Boroondara, Australia
24 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Newly created opportunity to work with cutting edge technology
  • Full-time, 5 years fixed term contract, based in Hawthorn
  • Attractive salary package and generous staff benefits

About Swinburne

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the job

We have created an opportunity for a Laser Laboratory Engineer to work within our Faculty of Science Engineering and Technology to provide support for the lasers and associated equipment. This role will be primarily based in the Centre for Quantum and Optical Science (CQOS) microspectroscopy facility as well as other laser labs throughout the Faculty for researchers from Swinburne as well as external users. Our ultrafast micro-spectroscopy facility incorporates three different ultrafast laser systems and a suite of cutting edge spectroscopy and mircospectroscopy techniques that are in high-demand.

In this role, you will work closely with the CQOS Ultrafast Science Team to develop new initiatives, liaise with stakeholders and potential users, monitor and optimise usage levels, complete reports and audits. In addition to working with CQOS, you will work with Centre for Micro-Photonics academic and research staff on a day to day basis to ensure all spaces under their management meet the research needs of the individuals, ensuring a seamless provision of support to all areas. A key success component for this role, will be to comply with AU/NZ Laser Safety Standards, undertake training and management of safety management systems and adhere to meeting Australian Safety Standards.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A PhD degree qualification in physics, chemistry, or materials science is highly preferable with related experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in ultrafast laser spectroscopy techniques such as transient absorption, time-resolved fluorescence, four-wave mixing, coherent multidimensional spectroscopy, and coherent Raman scattering.
  • Experience in laser alignment, maintenance, laboratory processes and safety.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available. 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 discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. 

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

How to apply

To start an application click on apply at the bottom of this 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.

For further information about the position, please contact full name Dan Kapsaskis (Operations Manager) via 

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

Position number: TBC

Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday 13th December 2017