Proto-Lab Network Manager - Defence Trailblazer

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Sep 2023

(HEO8) plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Full-Time | Fixed Term position to 30 June 2026.
Location Options: SA, NSW or ACT

This is a fantastic opportunity be part of the Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability - a collaborative partnership between the University of Adelaide and UNSW.

The Proto-Lab Network Manager is an exciting role which will be responsible for developing and activating the existing network of facilities, equipment and capabilities to support the technical development of innovations that will directly impact the capabilities of the Australian Defence Forces. This role will leverage the universities and our partners’ capabilities to accelerate technology development and commercialisation through the technology development pipeline. This role will manage various projects across SA, NSW and ACT and will report to the Portfolio Manager, Innovation.

Coupled with technical knowledge, we are looking for an individual who has exceptional interpersonal skills and a standout communicator who can clearly convey ideas and information whilst demonstrating excellence. The successful candidate will enjoy working with a supportive and high performing team, managing multiple priorities at one time and meeting deadlines.

This role will include regular interstate travel and/or potentially international travel. This role can be located at either Adelaide, Sydney or Canberra.

To be successful you will need:

  • Demonstrated experience in technical, mechanical or industrial workshop environment.
  • Extensive project management skills and experience, including the ability to plan, implement and coordinator complex projects to meet objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a product through various stages of prototyping.
  • Strong knowledge and extensive application of design thinking and rapid prototyping methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a high level of autonomy, and a highly developed sense of initiative, to exercise judgement and problem solving.
  • Advanced level of computer literacy with excellent skills in Microsoft Office applications and relevant software (i.e. Slack).
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the organisational values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery, and a commitment to positively comply with the associated behaviour expectations.

Experience in Australian Defence Force or Australian Defence Industry is desired but not essential.


  • Postgraduate qualifications (preferably in Engineering/Design) or progress towards postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

The successful candidate may be required to hold or attain an Australian government 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.

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 division's broader role

The Division of Research and Innovation leads the University's research strategic planning. It manages research, partnerships, prioritises investment in strategic initiatives, and responds to changes in the external environment. 

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a resume, as well as a cover letter addressing your suitability and experience for the position, referring to the selection criteria, in no more than 2 pages.

Applications close 11:55pm, 21 September 2023

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Liz Kobold
Portfolio Manager, Innovation
Defence Trailblazer
M: 0409 741 337

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. 

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