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Technical Lead Officer - Radiation Monitoring Networks

Position number: 
Technical Lead Officer - Radiation Monitoring Networks
Yallambie, VIC
Radiation Health Services
Monitoring and Emergency Response
Closing Date: 
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Salary Package: 
$83,305-$95,287 + 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 limited direction and perform a range of complex tasks associated with operating and maintaining Australia’s radionuclide air monitoring and noble gas stations that form part of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) International Monitoring System (IMS). You will be the technical lead providing maintenance and development support for hardware and software associated  with the radionuclide monitoring systems. You will be working as part of a small team, delivering high quality and timely data to the CTBT International Data Centre (IDC). In this role, you will be responsible for preparing reports as well as establishing and maintaining a high degree of documentation management and record keeping. This role will also require a substantial amount of travel, both International and Domestic including leading trips to remote locations.

Key accountabilities

  • Under limited direction and using established principles, practices and procedures, undertake a range of complex tasks associated with the ongoing development of Australia’s CTBT air monitoring and noble gas stations; 
  • Under reasonable autonomy and accountability, lead the maintenance and upgrading of station equipment, relating to the operation of CTBT air monitoring stations including field work; 
  • Maintain in conjunction with the Digital services Section, Software relating to CTBT station operations
  • Liaise with operational and technical staff from organisations contracted to assist with the running of the CTBT air monitoring stations; 
  • Develop Technical procedural documents. 

Job specific capabilities

To be considered for this position, you will have experience in developing, operating and maintaining large complex data acquisition systems. You will have exceptional problem solving skills as well as have extensive experience working as part of a team, including with representatives from other organisations, both national and international, in order to achieve a common goal.

You will have technical knowledge and experience working with in the specialist area of High Resolution Gamma detectors including associated spectral data logging systems. You will be proficient in diagnosing and repairing these systems and other associated data acquisition systems.

You will have experience maintaining and developing software for use in supporting a large multi-layered network.
You will have experience maintaining a high standard of technical documentation including developing procedures and writing executive reports.

You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel internationally and interstate on occasions. This position is a designated security assessment position which will require you to successfully undertake and maintain a security clearance.  

Selection criteria

Candidates are asked to provide a 750 word statement of claims. In your response please consider the below selection criteria.

  1. Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining data acquisition systems.
  2. Demonstrated experience performing radiation detector system repairs.
  3. Experience maintaining and developing software. 
  4. Proven ability to liaise effectively with a range of representatives from external organisations, including internationally. 
  5. Demonstrated experience maintaining a high standard of technical documentation.

Selection documentation

File PN 13191 - Technical Lead Officer, Radiation Monitoring Networks (APS 6) - January 2020

Position information: 
David Hardman via phone (03) 9433 2299