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Senior Technical Officer

Apply now Job no: 533771
Work type: Full-time
Location: Melbourne - Burwood
Categories: Technical

  • Based at our Melbourne, Burwood Campus
  • Full-time and Continuing
  • HEW 6 $85,588 - $92,428 + 17% Superannuation

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities. 

The Senior Technical Officer will support the teaching activities of the school by assisting in the design and development of complex experiments, preparation of equipment and lab set ups and manage accurate and up to date written procedures.  Additionally, expertise will be provided to research staff and students in the area of chemical compliance and waste management, operation of instrumentation, equipment repair and use and laboratory safely.  The technical support is aligned predominantly to the Chemistry and Biochemistry units that run within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.


Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Proactively engaging with teaching and research activities, in collaboration with academic staff, by providing specialist knowledge, process trialling and training on how to work on equipment and processes relevant to the chemistry, biochemistry and related disciplines. This may include student tasks related to teaching in coursework, HDR or final year projects
  • Ensuring that laboratory equipment is maintained, and operated to a safe and high standard, and carry out minor repairs to equipment and coordinate with stakeholders within Deakin or outside service engineers as necessary
  • Ensuring appropriate levels of laboratory stocks, equipment or materials are available to conduct teaching and research activities within the School, using relevant purchasing policies and processes
  • Coordinating resources within a teaching or research laboratory, on a project basis that could include physical resource allocation, area timetabling and/or liaison with relevant research students, academic, casual, or technical staff
  • Communicating with confidence using examples and the most appropriate influencing technique for a given situation to increase understanding and support
  • Supporting various laboratory projects for teaching and research as required, including outreach, industry engagement and inter school activities
  • Ensuring appropriate laboratory safety standards are maintained, including the maintenance and auditing of a chemical inventory, SDS database, risk assessment database and detailed shared laboratory practical notes.
  • Striving for excellence in operations and consult regularly with the relevant stakeholders, to clarify who requires the information, the purpose for which it is required, criteria for success and where and when advice and recommendation is required


To be successful, you’ll have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or a relevant discipline with subsequent relevant experience; or
  • Extensive experience and specialist knowledge or broad knowledge in technical or administrative fields; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Working knowledge of occupational health and safety regulations, including dangerous goods and hazardous substance handling and management.

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Download File Senior Technical Officer - PD.pdf

Applications for this position close on Sunday 5th February.

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.


  • Infrequent work outside business hours is required (evening and weekend work may be required)
  • Drivers Licence 
  • Working with Children Check (refer to Recruitment Procedure)
  • Level 2 First Aid Certificate *desirable


Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience for this role.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact David Gleadon, Technical Manager, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, via david.gleadon@deakin.edu.au.


Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic, and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.


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