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Production Manager - RNA Institute

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Research Administration support, Laboratory Technician

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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Chemistry at UNSW is recognised nationally and internationally, for producing world-class fundamental and applied research in the field of Chemical Sciences to address real-world challenges. The School's research is focused on five key themes: Health, Energy. Advanced Materials, New Chemical Frontiers and Knowledge Exchange.

The Production Manager is responsible for hands-on management of pilot scale production and analysis of RNA-based therapeutics batches in the UNSW RNA Institute. To support these activities, the Production Manager will oversee development and optimisation of production processes, analytical procedures and facilities, as well as compliance with GLP and/or ISO 9001 requirements.

About the role

  • $119k - $134k plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role reports to the Institute Manager, will have approximately five direct reports and will be involved in establishing and staffing the production and quality control teams.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Assist in establishing operations of the UNSW RNA Institute to deliver high quality RNA-based therapeutics at pre-clinical scale.
  • Work with researchers to translate experimental processes into pilot-scale production processes and support research projects within the Institute.
  • Develop, implement and maintain operational and production processes in compliance with GLP and/or ISO 9001 compliance and accreditation.
  • Assist where needed in the development and implementation of the UNSW RNA Institute QMS system.
  • Prepare and contribute to the production of technical reports, case studies, safe work procedures and process documentation.
  • Proactively assist with research reports, peer-reviewed publications, presentations, ethics applications and progress reports.
  • Monitor production protocols, provide problem solving and resolution to any evolving problems related to design, implementation and analysis.
  • Liaise with organisations, data custodians, stakeholders and collaborators and actively participate in meetings and discussions as required.
  • Coordinate, plan and complete day-to-day activities within the framework of agreed project timelines and responsibilities.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.  

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Tertiary qualification in Chemistry, Biology or related discipline, or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through a combination of education, training or experience.
  • Extensive experience in a biotechnology, pharmaceutical or related manufacturing/production environment
  • Demonstrated experience in Quality Management Systems, GLP and ISO 9001 principles and requirements.
  • Experience working with and troubleshooting a range of technical instruments (relevant examples include bioreactors, chromatography systems, analytical instruments such as HPLC, mass spectrometry, etc.).
  • Demonstrated high level of attention to detail and diligence in carrying out and documenting complex procedures.
  • Demonstrated superior written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills to initiate and maintain effective stakeholder relationships whilst exercising discretion and confidentiality.
  • Excellent time management skills, with a demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet competing deadlines by using judgement and initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively within a team, but also to take initiative and work independently while managing competing demands.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed above in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Joshua Peterson

Applications close: January 4th, 2022

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UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).


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