Mechanical Engineer

Updated: 9 days ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 27 Jul 2021

Job no:505593
Work type:Fixed term - Full-time
Categories:Technical, Laboratory and Research Support, HEO5

(HEO5) $72,832 to $80,983 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply

Fixed-term, full-time position available for 1 year

The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) fosters excellence in research in physics, materials science, chemistry, biology and medicine, working to create new tools that will change the questions scientists can ask, stimulate the creation of new industries and improve productivity in existing industry, as well as create a new profession of transdisciplinary problem solvers. IPAS has at its core the drive to translate its research into new products to improve society; we are thus working closely with over 50 companies to solve their outstanding challenges as well as to apply our breakthrough research. 

The Mechanical Engineer position is named in a new, large research contract “Field testing of Portable Atomic Clocks”, which will draw on both atomic and optical physics concepts to deliver a high-performance clock. Working as part of a specialist team of physicists to ensure delivery of milestones under general supervision, the Mechanical Engineer will contribute original thinking to design solutions from an engineering background. The role will be responsible for the thermal/mechanical design aspects of device packaging. Specifically, a robust opto-mechanical system (optics mounts) with minimal sensitivity to temperature and mechanical stress, rack-mountable packaging for each clock sub-system, a thermal management plan to ensure adequate insulation and/or heat-sinking. Additionally, the role will assist in the development of vacuum systems.

Experience in precision mechanical design and manufacture is a must for this position.

To be successful you will need:

  • Knowledge of software for technical drawing (e.g. Inventor) and physics modeling (e.g. Comsol).
  • Ability to independently design components.
  • Experience with thermal management and modelling of mechanical devices.
  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.

Applicants must be eligible for Australian Department of Defence security clearance.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.

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Click on the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to our online application form.

Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria.

Applications close 11:55pm, 27 July 2021.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Georgina Sylvia
Project Manager, IPAS
P: +61 (0) 8 831 36327

For a confidential discussion regarding the recruitment process for this position, contact:

Michelle Carter
HR Coordinator, Faculty of Sciences
P: +61 (8) 831 39271

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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