Technical Officer, Research (Brunswick)

RMIT University

Australia: Melbourne - Brunswick
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Education & Training

Vacancy Type
  • Full-time, fixed term until March 2022   
  • Salary Level HEW 6 + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Based at the Brunswick campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University

About You

Reporting to the Manager, Planning and Resources, you will responsible for the management of the School of Fashion and Textiles research facilities (laboratories and workshops) and coordination of the user’s requirements for these facilities. You will provide specialist technical support on the use of a diverse range of research equipment, safety equipment, materials, and chemicals to all users of the research facilities.

You will implement quality control measures, resolve technical issues, and aid in the development of prototypes to enable research staff and HDR candidates to meet research objectives.

Additionally, you will be responsible for the implementation and enforcement of OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety) protocols specific to the research facilities. Working closely with management, academic and professional staff and HDR candidates of the School, you will ensure compliance with OHS legislation.

To be successful in this position, you’ll have, but not limited to:

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and expertise in the specialist areas of practice-based research and technical textiles research.
  • Strong inter-personal skills with the ability to provide both written and verbal communications to a range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver inventive and flexible solutions to staff and students across a broad range of activities and equipment, in response to research, learning and teaching objectives.
  • Willingness to take on new challenges, work independently, and organise workload to ensure timely completion of tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing student workshops or equivalent industry experience including coordinating and/or carrying out maintenance of and repairs to equipment, developing teaching aids, undertaking research and providing advice in emerging technologies/ systems/processes.
  • Demonstrated high-level knowledge and application of OH&S legislation and regulations particularly in regard to Workshop environments and the management of chemicals.
  • Demonstrated experience in conditions lab testing would also be an advantage.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.  

About the College

The College of Design and Social Context encompasses RMIT University's renowned art, communication, built environment, design, education and social science disciplines and is comprised of seven Schools. The College has over twenty one thousand local and international students and a team of over a thousand dedicated academics and teachers.

About RMIT

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion. 

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

Bring Your Whole Self to Work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.  

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognised by a broad spectrum of external organisations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

RMIT has a strong dhumbali (commitment) to the employment, development and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a culturally safe environment; we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link below. For further information about this position, please see Position Description below or contact Jamie Robertson via email

 HEW 6 - Technical Officer, Research.pdf

Applications close on Tuesday, 1st June at 11:55pm.

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RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak: 

We are a 2021 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant.


Trans and Gender Diverse applicants

Inclusion is at the durrung (or heart) of who we are. We aim to create an environment where staff and students who identify as trans and gender diverse feel supported to succeed and belong.

We recognise the challenges faced by the trans and gender diverse community when applying for a new role.

At RMIT, we aim to support you from the start. Our Talent Acquisition team are active members of the RMIT Ally network.

For enquires or support through the application, recruitment and onboarding process, applicants who identify as trans or gender diverse are invited to contact Mat Lewis at

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