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Mechanical Manager

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Technical / Scientific Officer

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AAO Macquarie

From 1 July 2018, Macquarie will be the new home for the instrumentation group of the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO). Over decades, this group has established an enviable reputation for its precision engineering capability and expertise within astronomy instrumentation across optical, mechanical and electronic precision engineering.

 Macquarie is excited to take a significant role in leading and growing our national astronomical instrumentation capability, partnership with the Australian National University and the University of Sydney.

 The AAO instrumentation team is coming to Macquarie with a new vision and an exciting agenda for transformation – in both scale and efficiency.  As part of its expansive new vision, AAO’s team of experts will build on Macquarie’s existing strengths in astronomy, photonics, laser technology, microfabrication, applied optics and sensing communications, with the aim of increasing industry engagement, identifying opportunities to apply AAO’s expertise to medicine and defence, and expanding its presence in the fields of optics and sensing, in addition to the ongoing mission of world-leading excellence in astronomical instrumentation.

The Role

Reporting to the Professor of Optical Instrumentation, the Mechanical Manager will lead a team of technical specialists and engineers to deliver opto-mechanical expertise and solutions for national and international astronomical instrumentation projects. Additionally, the Mechanical Manager will be responsible for:

Managing the mechanical workshop operation and required equipment and infrastructure in addition to the assembly, integration, metrology, and robotics laboratories

Working across all stages of the instrumentation project lifecycle which may include contributions to business and science cases, concept development, system and subsystem level design, fabrication, testing and review, verification, quality assurance and instrument commissioning 

Building and managing important stakeholder relationships, both internal and external to the organisation including clients and with industry

The manager will also contribute to the delivery of AAO’s research based learning and teaching strategic objectives.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, you will demonstrate the following experience and/or knowledge in your CV and cover letter:

  • A Bachelors Degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline
  • A successful track record of managing a team of technical specialists to achieve project outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing fabrication facilities for precision mechanics including sound experience in mechanical fabrication, tooling and manufacturing of precision mechanical and opto-mechanical parts
  • A strong track record of building and managing stakeholder relationships and an established network of international contacts at observatories or other astronomical instrument groups
  • Demonstrated experience in mechanical engineering tasks for astronomical instrumentation, including design and modelling, tolerancing, analysis, assembly, quality assurance, and telescope integration
  • Demonstrated experience in mechanical subsystems for astronomical instrumentation including cyrogenic and vacuum systems, imagers, spectrographs, and electro-mechanical systems

For further information, please view the Download File Position Description.

Salary Package: from $117,304 to $123,892 (Level 9) per annum  plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term to 30 June 2021

Role Specific Enquiries: Jon Lawrence, Professor of Optical Instrumentation via e-mail jon.lawrence@aao.gov.au

General Recruitment Enquiries: Katherine Rodionoff, HR Consultant via e-mail katherine.rodionoff@mq.edu.au

Applications Close: Tuesday 26 June 2018 at 11.55pm EST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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