Laboratory Manager
University of New South Wales

Laboratory Manager (Research)

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Research Administration support, Laboratory Technician

  • 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 at UNSW is recognised nationally and internationally, for producing world-class fundamental and applied research in the field of Chemical Sciences to address real-world challenges. The School's research is focused on five key themes: Health, Energy. Advanced Materials, New Chemical Frontiers and Knowledge Exchange.

The Laboratory Manager (Research) position is responsible for the operational management and development of research laboratories in the School of Chemistry. Working closely with researchers, Estate Management and contractors, the incumbent will provide stewardship of School research laboratory infrastructure, instruments and equipment. High-level technical support for infrastructure projects, procurement of complex scientific equipment and strategic planning is a focal aspect of this position. The Laboratory Manager (Research) is required to take leading role in the management of WHS in the School, ensuring compliance with UNSW protocols and procedures and developing and implementing School safety processes.


About the role

  • $109k - $123k plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Continuing
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of Laboratory Manager (Research) reports to the School Manager and has 2 direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Independent management of research laboratories including but not limited to the coordination of efficient day-to-day management of equipment, infrastructure and services as well as the planning, maintenance, authorisation of access and scheduling of operations.
  • Manage the research lab operating budgets and assist in the preparation of the school’s budgeting process in relation to research laboratories.
  • Liaise with UNSW Estate Management regarding building infrastructure repairs and maintenance.
  • Provide leadership and direction to School Technical staff to deliver high quality service supporting the school’s research programs, managing ongoing performance and career development of the team.
  • Allocation of duties and the day-to-day management of staff and student requests in the laboratories.
  • Provide specialist technical knowledge and advice to the Head of School relevant to long-term strategic planning for laboratories in relation to current and future trends in research infrastructure and methods.
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement, evaluating existing equipment, infrastructure, service delivery and training, as well as systems, procedures and protocols, and maintaining knowledge of current and future trends and technologies, to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Provide recommendations for new methodologies and solutions to the School Manager/Academics and implement change.
  • Manage the School’s relationships with neighbouring schools and centres in shared buildings, ensuring a productive collegial approach to responsibilities for operational effectiveness and safety.
  • Take a leading role in the implementation of WHS for the School including, develop and implement risk management protocols and monitoring compliance.
  • Ensure compliance by laboratory users with School and University policies on Work Health and Safety requirements. Provision of policy advice and collaboration with School and Faculty WHS Officers and laboratory supervisors and staff to this end.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A degree in a Chemistry or related discipline area.
  • Extensive experience in the technical management of research facilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in the policy, planning, operation, and maintenance of research laboratories.
  • Extensive experience managing, coaching, and developing staff.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the operation and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure used in the laboratories.
  • Superior 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 to staff, postgraduate students, undergraduate students, and visitors.
  • Demonstrated ability to support and advise researchers and students on the technical aspects of laboratories and the design, development, and conduct of experiments.
  • High level of analytical and problem-solving skills, with a demonstrated ability to consider and make informed decisions regarding experimentation issues.
  • Demonstrated dedication to continuous improvement through long-term planning and expansion of laboratory policy and facilities.
  • Ability and capacity to direct and monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the safety management system.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed above in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Toby Jackson


Applications close: October 5th, 2021


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UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

Advertised: 14 Sep 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 05 Oct 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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