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Laboratory Manager

Date 2015-04-29 23:04:19 Location : Africa

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology is located in the coastal industrial tropical city of Lae, Papua New Guinea's second largest city (population 150,000). The University is the only technological university in the South Pacific island nation region. Its study programs emphasise engineering, natural sciences, information technology and business. Last year the University launched a strong self-improvement campaign to promote innovation in the context of limited existing resources.

The department offers a four-year undergraduate degree and a graduate masters program in Mechanical Engineering. The department has 15 faculty members, 13 technical staff and 3 administrative support staff. There are several laboratories in mechanics, materials, thermodynamics for students' laboratory work and research along with a medium size workshop with facilities in machining, computer numerical control (CNC), EDM, grinding, casting and welding. The department also has an NDT Center for research and consultancy service to industry. There are several research projects in the areas of manufacturing materials development, NDT, biofuel, engineering education and renewable energy.
Laboratory Manager
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking a laboratory manager to provide long-term consistent, professional support of its undergraduate and graduate instructional laboratories (Engineering Experimentation, Engineering Materials, Dynamics of Machines and Vibrations, Thermal Sciences, Mechatronics and Measurement Systems). The Laboratory Manager reports to the Head of Department and will collaborate with faculty for proper management of undergraduate laboratories.
The Laboratory Manager is required to work with faculty to provide Mechanical Engineering students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, with necessary academic and research support. The department has 10 faculty and 2 technical instructors and offers BSME degree along with Master and Doctoral programs.
The successful applicant will be required to:

. Manager laboratories for academic and research activities;
. In conjunction with faculty, develop instructional objectives and
effectiveness of
experimental activities.
. Supervise laboratory staff and provide necessary training for effective
operations of laboratories.
. Upgrade Mechanical Engineering laboratories to standards suitable for
. Provide instructions in OHS.

Job Requirements:

The minimum qualifications required for this position are:

. M.Sc (preferred) or B. Eng in mechanical engineering or closely related
engineering discipline.
. Minimum five years relevant industry/academic experience in managing an
instrumentation-related laboratory (metrology, structures, materials, robotics,
air-conditioning and refrigeration etc).
. Extensive knowledge of MATLAB, Labview and solid modeling software.
. Experience with normal office software (spreadsheets, email, word processing
. Experience with data loggers, sensors (acquisitions, installation, application,
calibration,recording), controls, experimental methods, statistical, data
processing, data storage and transfer, and experimental techniques.
. Experience managing personnel, including laboratory technicians.
. Demonstrated ability to set and meet deliverables, including preparation of a
detailed plan, timeline and materials list.


Base Salary Range: Laboratory Manager K42,531- K51,983 per annum
IMA Range : K52,436 - K63,039 per annum

(Level of appointment depends upon qualification and experience)

Initial contract period is normally for three years. Benefits include a gratuity of 30% after Year 1, 35% after Year 2, and 40% in Year 3 of the contract. Modest support is available for approved research. Appointment and repatriation fares are provided for yourself and family, plus modest settling-in allowances, six weeks paid leave per year, recreation leave fares for yourself, spouse and two authorised dependants every 18 months, and education fares and assistance towards school fees for two authorised dependants. There is a salary protection plan and medical benefit scheme. Staff members are permitted to earn up to 50% of earnings annually from consultancies approved by UNITECH. Fully furnished accommodation provided.

Detailed application with curriculum vitae including certified copies of qualifications, names and addresses including email addresses, fax/phone numbers of three (3) referees including one from past/present employer, if any, and an indication of the earliest availability to take up the appointment should be received by: The Registrar, PNG University of Technology, Private Mail Bag, Lae, Papua New Guinea until it is filled. Applications may also be sent by email through: and This advertisement and further information on these positions can be found at