Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL) – Facility & Laboratory Manager

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jan 19, 2023

Job Description:

Job no: 0055946
Location: Stawell, Victoria
Role type:
Full time; Fixed-term
Faculty of Science
Department/School: Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL)
UOM 9 – $129,154 – $134,374 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About The Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory “SUPL”
The Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory “SUPL” is located within Stawell Gold Mine (SGM) in Stawell, Victoria. More specifically, it is a unique facility, located 1050m underground within SGM for the purposes of conducting high sensitivity and innovative long-term physics and other experiments that require a radiation quiet environment. SUPL is an exciting, publicly funded scientific collaboration between government bodies, research bodies and institutions, and local community. SUPL will be utilised by research teams from the Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics (CDM) seeking to solve one of the biggest mysteries of the universe through their search for dark matter.

About the Role
The SUPL Facility & Laboratory Manager will be responsible for the managing the operation of the overall SUPL facility, with a major focus on safety, coordination of occupancy and access to the facility, and maintaining a close working relationship with SGM. They will be responsible for the on-site day-to-day management of the SUPL (including safety procedures, scheduling, access, coordination of planned and unplanned repair and maintenance activities) and for oversight of all arrangements (including on-site transport, induction, safety) for personnel involved in the conduct of experiments and related activities within SUPL, including approved visitors. This position also oversees and coordinates access arrangements for any contractor groups and project managers involved in the construction of research experiments in the laboratory. The SUPL management of the facility also requires managing/limiting occupancy of the site to ensure mine safety protocols are maintained.

In a typical week at work, you may:

About You
You will be experienced in managing complex scientific and/or technical facilities, and have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of health and safety requirements and regulations. You will be a self-starter, with high level management and organisational skills, able to work under broad direction with limited direct supervision and to develop positive, innovative solutions to complex operational issues. You will be skilled in building positive working relationships with diverse stakeholders and also in adapting to new situations and quickly assimilating new concepts and information.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

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We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected].

Applications close: 16 FEBRUARY 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time