Laboratory Manager

University of NewcastleCallaghan Campus

Location:Callaghan Campus
Job Type:Full Time
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About Us

At the University of Newcastle, our staff are curious. We think big, see opportunity and are open to ideas and ask why. We share wisdom and partner with colleagues in Australia and around the globe to create an enduring impact. And we're courageous - bold thinkers who have the confidence to take risks and to inspire change. We attract, foster and retain remarkable professional staff who actively contribute to our reputation.

The laboratory is located within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, on the leafy Callaghan campus. The laboratory manager works under the direction of the team leader, Professor Lee Smith and alongside postdoctoral researchers.

Is NEW for you?

The Laboratory manager is responsible for managing all technical and administrative aspects of the group, including line management of technical staff, supervision of students and providing organizational and hands-on laboratory skill-based support to research projects. The position is primarily based in the Life Sciences building on the Callaghan Campus.

What will you do?

  • Provide guidance to team members on project organization, experimental design, laboratory techniques, liaising with industrial partners, scientific suppliers and budget expenditure.
  • Manage the laboratory budget, including appropriate allocation of funding from different sources (grants etc.)
  • Manage safety throughout facility
  • Day-to-day management of all technical aspects of the project including discussion and understanding of project needs from students and postdoctoral researchers in the group and assigning technical assistance where appropriate

About you

The ideal candidate for this position will be structured and organized and have a past history of successful delivery in a fast paced laboratory (approx. $1 Million). We are seeking someone who is autonomous and seeking ownership over a role such as this. You will have:

  • demonstrated experience in the management of a research group and management of the financial aspects of a group, including budget planning and management;
  • completed a First degree and have extensive experience in a relevant subject coupled with substantial experience of working in a research laboratory;
  • Experience in laboratory techniques including genotyping, immunohistochemistry, Western Blotting, cell culture, PCR, q-PCR, animal handling. Any experience in molecular techniques including Cloning, and biotechnology is highly desirable.

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Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

What NEW can offer?

From a flexible working environment to discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships, we offer access to a wide range of employee benefits including salary packaging. You can learn more about these at

We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do.

The remuneration is from $85,996- $96,745 + 17% super and is commensurate with experience.

Your next steps

Click on 'Apply for this job'. Your application will be assessed on selection criteria. Read all information about the role so you understand what is required. In addition:

  • Follow all directions and complete all necessary fields of the application; and
  • In your selection criteria demonstrate clearly how your skills and experience meet each point and should be a maximum of four pages.

Closing date: Sunday, 22 April 2019