Manager, Laboratory and Technical Support, Science

Boroondara, Australia
24 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
18 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • HEW 8 - $ 95,919 - $103,449 + 17% super
  • Fixed-term until July 2019, Hawthorn Location

About Swinburne

Swinburne delivers excellence in teaching and research in science, technology, business, law, design and innovation. As a multi-sector provider, there are opportunities to apply for jobs in higher education, vocational education and pathways. Or you can work in professional services to support the delivery of quality education. Find jobs in marketing and communications, customer service, information technology, finance, human resources and administration. 

About Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology

Swinburnes Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (FSET) is at the forefront of the university’s focus on developing innovative solutions to real-life problems.

FSET comprises of the schools of science, engineering, and software and electrical engineering. Our teaching equips Swinburne graduates with practical experience applying the latest knowledge in their field.

About the job

As the Manager, Technical and Laboratory Support – Science you will be responsible for providing authoritative advice and management of the science technical staff and laboratories in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (FSET). Bringing your previous laboratory management skills to the table, you will lead a range of technical staff in managing the daily running of our labs. You will be pivotal in coordinating and managing projects associated with laboratory renovations, as well as advising our Facilities and Services Group for major capital works, ensuring that the minimum security services are put in place for the faculty.

You collaborative style will enable you to work across the Faculty and develop consistent practices and procedures for our people. As an experienced people leader, you will be able to lead your team to provide comprehensive and efficient technical support to staff and students. You will be managing a team of 9 direct reports across 38 laboratories at the University.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications and relevant experience and management expertise; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training in a relevant science discipline.
  • Experience in a technical management role requiring the ability to plan, coordinate, supervise, monitor and evaluate.
  • Experience and knowledge of the science and equipment relating to chemistry, biochemistry, physics and microbiology.
  • Demonstrated advance knowledge of laboratory standards, procedures and regulations.

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. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

As a Swinburne staff member 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. We also 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.

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

Further information, contacts and support

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 Fiona Spurrell (Director, Faculty Operations) via email

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

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on

Applications close at 5 pm, Friday 18th May 2018

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