Manager of Chemical Engineering
University of Queensland


About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.


Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you will have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.


Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options


About This Opportunity 

In the School of Chemical Engineering at UQ the Laboratory Floor Managers play a key part ensuring laboratories operate at a world-class standard and our people are healthy and safe.  Our Laboratory Floor Managers are relied upon to lead by example and support a positive research and safety culture, ensuring activities are safe, healthy, efficient, and productive.


This position will work under the supervision of the Senior Manager, Infrastructure and Projects and collaboratively with the other Laboratory Floor Managers, in a supportive team environment.   Laboratory Floor Managers work as part of a team, and while each has a primary area of responsibility, the Laboratory Floor Managers support one another during peak periods of work and absences, and on specific tasks and projects. 


The Laboratory Floor Manager role works with various stakeholders across the School, including staff, students and visitors. You will directly support and provide advice relating to all aspects of laboratory operations. Laboratories in the School are shared across several user groups and cover research across all fields of chemical engineering, including metallurgy, materials, environmental, bioprocess and biomedical engineering. You will have the important role to ensure and oversee high health, safety and wellness (HSW) standards, as well as consistent and fair allocation of resources.


This role will manage laboratory operations with research focused in the areas of biomedical engineering, bioderived and biodegradable materials and food technologies. Background in biological or food sciences would be advantageous.


This position is based at the St Lucia Campus, with visits to the Long Pocket, Pinjarra Hills and Indooroopilly campuses as required.


Key responsibilities will include: 


Health Safety and Wellness

  • Demonstrate and promote a positive laboratory safety culture.

  • Deliver local laboratory inductions in partnership with other laboratory managers and the School operations team.

  • Undertake regular health, safety and wellness checks (both informal walk arounds and formal audits/inspections) in the laboratory and develop (and execute if appropriate) corrective action plans.

  • Monitor laboratory safety infrastructure and report defects (e.g. relating to safety stations, gas alarm, building security, test and tag etc.).

  • Be responsible for local storage and tracking of high-risk materials (e.g. chemicals of security concern, radioactive sources, poisons and drugs).

  • Advise on standard and specialty safety equipment needs and ensure it is available for users and visitors (e.g. PPE, spill kits, emergency response equipment).

  • Support emergency response activities (such as spill clean-ups).

  • Maintain laboratory health and safety-related documentation.


Laboratory Management and Operations

  • Demonstrate and promote a positive laboratory research culture.

  • Liaise with users to support, coordinate, and maintain oversight of day-to-day activities in your assigned laboratory space or space(s).

  • Train and certify users in use of available laboratory equipment.

  • Provide advice to users to develop and maintain high quality operating protocols, standard operating procedures, and risk assessments.

  • Act as a primary contact to support laboratory users procuring, storing, using, and ultimately disposing of chemicals, biological and/or other hazardous materials.

  • Monitor chemical inventories in laboratories—across multiple groups of users—including keeping inventories up to date, monitoring quantities stored against maximum allowable quantities and performing periodic stock takes.

  • Support procurement, installation, commissioning (and subsequent decommissioning) of laboratory equipment (including developing risk assessments and standard operating procedures) in collaboration with end-users, contractors, and facilities teams.

  • Support equipment maintenance, repair, and calibration.

  • Support allocation and booking of resources where required.

  • Monitor standard and specialty consumable needs and ensure sufficient stocks are maintained.

  • Support laboratory certification and licensing processes (for example PC2 requirements, scheduled drugs and poisons, or radiation certifications).

  • Ensure a high housekeeping standard is met.


This is a full-time (100%), permanent position at a HEW level 7.


The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $96,649.64 - $105,244.58, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $113,080.08 - $123,136.15 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.


About You



  • A Bachelor of Science (Hons) or Chemical Engineering with 3-5 years of experience in a research laboratory, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training, with experience in at least one of the following areas: molecular biology techniques, tissue culture, food sciences, bioprocesses, WHS in a laboratory environment.

  • Knowledge and ability to interpret and apply current WHS, OGTR and Biosecurity legislative requirements.

  • Knowledge of chemical safety legislation including handling, storage, labelling and disposal.

  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral).

  • Ability to work in a constructive, outcomes-focused manner, and to work collaboratively with management, peers, team members and client groups.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflicts and drive positive change.

  • Flexible and adaptable to change and willingness to work, and take initiative, across a range of activities and locations.

  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks and work independently.


  • Demonstrated experience in workplace health and safety-related practices relevant to the types of risks found in the School.

  • Knowledge of Queensland Food Act and Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

  • Workplace Health and Safety and Radiation Safety certifications.

  • Knowledge of university operating procedures.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading change, particularly in enhancing a positive safety and research culture.


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Ms Melanie Gunn. For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section  

  • Resume 


Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to


If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.


Applications close on Monday 15 April 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number – R-37149). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday 23 April 2024.

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