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Assistant Director, UVR and EMR Measurements

Position number: 
Executive Level 1
Assistant Director, UVR and EMR Measurements
Yallambie, VIC
Radiation Health Services
Monitoring and Emergency Response
Closing Date: 
Thursday 22 November 2018
Salary Package: 
$101,895–$117,240 + 15.4% employer super

ARPANSA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment. We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Should you require special assistance through any stage of the selection process, please contact the People and Culture team.

Agency overview

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Our purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.

Section overview

The Monitoring and Emergency Response Section is responsible for ARPANSA’s laboratories, field measurement capabilities and networks that are required for the measurement of ionising and non-ionising radiation in people and the environment. This includes maintenance of ARPANSA’s radiation emergency response capabilities and networks, and laboratories under national and international arrangements. 

Primary purpose of the role

In this role, you will work under broad direction with significant independence in performing a range of complex scientific tasks associated with the operation and maintenance of non-ionising radiation (NIR) measurement networks and systems, consistent with ARPANSA’s ultraviolet radiation (UVR) strategy and changing technologies in electromagnetic radiation (EMR). In particular, leadership and coordination of the maintenance and expansion of ARPANSA’s UVR monitoring network and EMR measurement capabilities is fundamental to the role. You will work closely with other staff within ARPANSA to ensure measurement and surveillance of NIR in the Australian environment is undertaken in order to support advice and guidance documents that are based on the latest scientific knowledge, and national and international experience. You will represent ARPANSA and Australia at appropriate national and international fora.  

Key accountabilities

  • Principal expert in ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) measurement, with the dual role of performing field measurements and providing advice to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Management of a small scientific and technical team.    
  • Maintenance and expansion of ARPANSA’s UVR monitoring network, including the provision of data and instrument verification and liaison with external stakeholders.
  • Expert representative, often in a leadership or chairing role, at national and international committees and conferences.
  • Awareness of technology advances in the measurement of EMR and UVR through literature review, and subsequent implementation. 

Job specific capabilities

To be considered for this position, you will hold a tertiary qualification in science, mathematics or engineering disciplines from an Australian tertiary institution, or comparable qualification, and relevant experience which is appropriate to the duties of the position. 

You will have extensive experience in operating and maintaining large complex scientific monitoring networks and in undertaking field measurements. You will possess leadership experience in designing measurement protocols and planning, including strong understanding of the equipment used, network operations, and the use of data obtained to inform advice related to health impacts.

You will be a recognised expert in non-ionising radiation, demonstrated by active participation in national and international committees and conferences.

You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate and/or overseas as required. ARPANSA requires all new employees to undertake a baseline security clearance as a condition of engagement.  

Selection criteria

There are five selection criteria for this role. 

  1. Demonstrated expert knowledge in the measurement of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and ultraviolet radiation (UVR).
  2. Demonstrated experience in the development and maintenance of non-ionising radiation measurement capability and networks.
  3. Demonstrated leadership competency together with high level experience in scientific working groups or fora. 
  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate and apply professional judgement and innovative approaches to problem solving.
  5. Proven ability to lead small teams and/or projects to deliver quality outcomes by providing coordination, support and mentoring.

Selection documentation 

FilePN 13537 - Assistant Director UVR and EMR Measurements (EL1) - November 2018

Position information: Marcus Grzechnik on (03) 9433 2292