Senior Laboratory Engineer, Construction Automation

Boroondara, Australia
01 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Work with leading edge research and opportunities
  • Full-time, ongoing role, Hawthorn location

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 Construction Automation Laboratory

The Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) provides a focus for multi-disciplinary research in the field of sustainable civil infrastructure. Within the CSI, we will be establishing a Construction Automation Laboratory. The laboratory is planned to be operational in early 2018. It will be a first of its kind in Australia for research and development of 3D concrete printing for construction applications, such as construction of buildings. The laboratory will have several equipment, including a large-scale 3D concrete printer, two small-scale 3D concrete printers, two powder bed 3D printers, and two robot controlled deposition systems. The laboratory will also have concrete mixing, pumping and extrusion facilities for the 3D concrete printers

About the job

We have a newly created role of Senior Laboratory Engineer who will be responsible for the operation of the Construction Automation Laboratory. As our Senior Laboratory Engineer, you will have a broad scope and will need a high degree of initiative, problem solving skills, engineering knowledge and self-management to deal with the range of complex functions, equipment and tasks including supporting students undertaking research to achieve their project goals, equipment development and procurement, procurement of materials for research and testing for research and commercial purposes.

You will need the ability to understand the automation systems, robots, electronics, mechanical systems and some knowledge of concrete for construction applications. Hand-on practical skills including steel fabrications, welding, concreting, crane and forklift operations will be required for the operation of laboratory. As part of your role, you will be required to participate in relevant Administrative and Technical Staff meetings and other committees.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A bachelor degree in Engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Driver license, fork lift license, overhead crane license and EWP license
  • Experience in the operation of robotic systems, autonomous systems or machinery with highly advanced electronics

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 2016 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. 

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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 Professor Jay Sanjayan (Research Centre Director, Sustainable Infrastructure) on 03 9214 8034. 

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

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday 26th February 2018