- Technical Officer to provide hardware/mechanical fabrication support and advice to the Research portfolio team, Faculty of Health Sciences
- Part time opportunity (0.5FTE), fixed term until 31December 2020, base salary $86K pro rata plus superannuation
- Located at Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe
About the opportunity
This position forms part of the Research portfolio team in Faculty of Health Sciences and together with other technical officers you will provide a range of practical ‘maker’ hardware and mechanical fabrication skills to support Faculty researchers.
The role is a part-time opportunity (0.5 FTE), which entails designing and constructing research hardware from a wide range of drawings (detailed and sketch) using standard fabrication workshop tools (including a small lathe/milling machine, 3D printers and a benchtop CNC cutter). All work must to be completed in accordance with workshop best practice and undergo complete dimensional and quality checks to ensure compliance to the supplied specifications. Hardware maintenance also forms part of the role as some non-service contract research hardware requires ongoing support.
A large part of the role will be the ongoing efficient organisation and operation of the fabrication workshop area. This includes workshop access control, ensuring safe work practices of other workshop users and performing regular equipment maintenance and repairs such that the workshop is always fully operational.
Overall safety is key for this role and the incumbent will ensure that the workshop is compliant with Workplace Health and Safety (WHS, perform regular risk assessments and ensure that safe work procedures (SWPs), safe operating procedures (SOPs) and technical notes are in place for all equipment and apparatus across the laboratory facilities and preparation areas.
Lastly the Technical Officer is required to work independently with broad direction from the Manager. This role works in close collaboration with senior academics, researchers and the technical officer team to ensure that the fabrication workshop services are delivered effectively.
The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Technical Officer who can demonstrate the following skills, qualifications and attributes:
- appropriate professional qualifications such as a diploma in engineering – technical and relevant experience in related field or an equivalent combination of relevant training and experience
- demonstrated experience and a practical ‘maker’ skillset to design and construct specialised research mechanical hardware is essential
- demonstrated ability to provide technical services and support to a large group of internal stakeholders
- demonstrated ability and experience with the safe and effective use and maintenance of mechanical/ fabrication workshop equipment and scientific laboratory equipment (mechanical and electrical) and associated software packages
- an aptitude for hands-on tasks and demonstrated capacity to learn new skills
- knowledge of Australian Standards, Codes and Regulations relevant to fabrication and modification in a laboratory environment
- knowledge of, and experience in applying, and a willingness to embrace WHS principles in a workshop setting
The successful candidate will be able to organise and prioritise their workload within a busy and demanding environment whilst working to set deadlines. A strong track record of cooperation and collaboration together with excellent interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills are also key for this role.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is the largest health sciences faculty in Australia consisting of seven disciplines, five research groups and three research centres. The Faculty provides professional preparation programs for a comprehensive range of health science professionals, as well as general degrees in health science. The Faculty enjoys a strong and dynamic research culture resulting from its commitment to achieving and sustaining research excellence in areas of established and emerging research strengths. The Faculty has approximately 250 academic staff, 100 professional staff and 4,500 students.
The Faculty enjoys a strong and dynamic research culture resulting from its commitment to achieving and sustaining research excellence in areas of established and emerging research strengths. The Research portfolio consists of two portfolio areas – (i) Research led by an Associate Dean Research and a Manager Research; and (ii) Research Education led by an Associate Dean Research Education and an HDR Support Manager. The Research portfolio focuses on developing and supporting academic staff in their research activities and Research Education focuses on developing and supporting HDR and Honours students and their academic Supervisors.
This position forms part of the Research portfolio team and together with other technical officers provides a range of services to support Faculty researchers; including assistance with hardware design, software design, system integration and deployment, and equipment repair and maintenance.
How to apply
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 sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 1851/0919F to apply.
To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.
Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 2 October 2019
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.
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