Senior Technical Officer

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 958307
Faculty of Science and Engineering

We are seeking a Senior Technical officer to join the Civil Engineering Technical Operations Team within Curtin University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The University has extensive state of the art laboratory facilities supporting both teaching and research activities within the Civil Engineering discipline. We cover everything from microstructural analysis of materials right through to large scale testing of structural components. Key areas of teaching and research activity include:

  • Concrete, Asphalt and Pavement Technology
  • Soils and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Engineering applications of Bioactivated Materials
  • Water quality and Resources Engineering
  • Testing of structural components (e.g., beams, columns, and composite material)
  • High Speed Dynamic Testing (stress tubes and air cannon)
  • Earthquake Engineering and Blast Impact Engineering
  • Infrastructure Structural Health Monitoring

Our purpose-built learning facilities are sophisticated, stimulating, and creative learning environments that offer problem-based learning, group collaboration and the opportunity to share ideas with industry.

Your new role

As a Senior Technical Officer, you will be providing technical support for teaching and research activities within the Civil Engineering discipline.

You will supervise and provide technical instruction and guidance to staff and students, including guidance on the design and development of experimental processes using relevant equipment. This will include developing, implementing, and maintaining standard operating procedures, risk assessments and other documentation for all aspects of the laboratory operations.

You will coordinate the day-to-day operational requirements of the laboratory and workshop areas, ensuring effective allocation of resources for classes and/or research projects. This will include preparation of materials and setup of equipment for laboratory classes and research activities, maintenance of general and specialized laboratory and equipment, undertaking safety checks, and arranging servicing or repair as required.

You will have a strong focus on maintaining safety within the area will play an important role in ensuring compliance with occupational health and safety regulations and specific statutory requirements related to the area’s activities.

You will have: -
  • Extensive experience in test procedures and equipment operation relating to Civil Engineering materials testing, the design and/or manufacturing of specialised laboratory equipment
  • Experience with experimental data acquisition systems and/or experience supporting teaching and research activities are highly desirable.
  • Degree qualification in Civil Engineering and subsequent relevant experience; or relevant trade qualification and extensive trade experience and expertise; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated organisational skills and experience in or the ability to manage the operational requirements of a small scientific facility, laboratory space or field station.

High Risk work licenses such as Dogging, Rigging and Forklift are desirable but not essential.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role


To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Darren Isaac, Technical Operations Coordinator, on 08 9266 1142.

About us

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary-packaging.

Our vibrant campus also includes an art gallery, gym, childcare, medical centre, and endless food options.

For more information on our university, please visit     

Join us!

Your application should include a cover letter, and your CV to allow us to assess your suitability for this role. 

To view a copy of the Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

Applications close: 26 September 2022, 10pm AWST

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

We reserve the right to engage with recruitment agencies/search firms to support our recruitment in some instances – unsolicited contact is not welcomed.

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