Technical Officer

Sydney, Australia
27 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Chemistry is a leading centre for both teaching and research excellence in Chemistry in Australia – developing cutting-edge knowledge to solve real-world problems. The School of Chemistry has a proud history, predating UNSW, beginning at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts in 1833. The School of Chemistry has approximately 30 tenured academic staff, 35 post-doctoral research associates, 160 postgraduate students and 35 Honours students. Although based in the Science Faculty, its operations are cross-faculty, at present involving the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine. Research in the School covers the broad areas of molecular devices, bioactive molecules, energy research and chemical and biological catalysis and is carried out in 19 state-of-the-art laboratories.

About the role

  • $83,653K - $89,238K plus 9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term 12 months  
  • Full time 35 hours per week

This Technical Officer position will provide technical and organisational support for the design, planning and commissioning of new laboratories as part of the New Chemistry initiative at UNSW led by the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart. As part of Professor Stoddart’s team, the incumbent will work closely with School of Chemistry and UNSW staff to assist in the establishment of a research group at UNSW; coordinating procurement and managing laboratories to provide an environment for world-class research.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or equivalent level of knowledge gained through education, training and/or experience
  • Demonstrated experience working in a chemical research environment
  • Demonstrated ability to review, and develop policies and procedures and successfully implement them
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in the policy, planning, operation, and maintenance of teaching and research laboratories
  • Demonstrated ability to provide instruction to others in laboratory techniques and use of safety equipment and safety procedures
  • Demonstrated expertise in the operation and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure used in the laboratories
  • Highly developed organisational skills, with proven ability to establish priorities for self and others
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills, with a focus on understanding and communicating concepts and policies
  • Demonstrated ability to support and advise researchers and students on the technical aspects of laboratories and the design, development, and conduct of experiments
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training, with the ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures

 You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Toby Jackson, School Manager Chemistry


T: (61 2) 9385 6634