First listed on: 11 October 2017

Technical Assistant

School of Physics
Faculty of Science
Reference no. 1692/0817

  • Provide essential technical support to researchers and students using the research/teaching laboratory
  • Be part of the team which either supports first year teaching or provision of lecture demonstrations to a range of lecture theatres
  • Prepare the laboratory for student practicals
  • Prepare and carry out experiments undertaken by the work area
  • Full-time continuing, Camperdown/Darlington Campus, Package $78K p.a. including super

About the opportunity 

Reporting to the Senior Technical Officer, you will provide essential technical support and assistance to coursework students, researchers and others working in the laboratory. The assistance you will provide varies from preparing equipment and teaching materials for coursework teaching, to setting up practicals and tutorials, maintaining lecture demonstration storage and so on. You will also maintain the laboratory workplace ensuring that the research, learning and teaching requirements of the work area are met effectively. This includes monitoring technical equipment; reporting issues or faults; testing and repairing the equipment; and cleaning up safely after classes are complete. As part of the technical operations team you are also responsible to ensure that the laboratory is compliant with the University’s WHS policy and requirements.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence.

To be considered, you will possess:

  • relevant training and certification or, has equivalent experience and training to work in a laboratory, with a willingness to undertake further studies to better develop skills in laboratory techniques/methods
  • good verbal and written communication skills, with proven ability to apply theoretical knowledge and techniques to meet the key accountabilities
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • intermediate computer skills
  • demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise work, sometimes under pressure, with competing priorities and sometimes limited supervision
  • maintain a sound working knowledge and awareness of safety regulations and operating procedures within the laboratory environment.

To be considered, it is essential that you upload a CV and address the online selection criteria. 

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1629/0817 to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 25 October 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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