Job Title: Senior Dental Technician – Orthodontic Laboratory Manager
Organization Unit: School of Dentistry
Reference Number: 3020087
Type of Employment: Full time, fixed term initially for 12 months
This position is currently being reviewed through the University
classification and evaluation processes.
Classification: HEW Level 7
Remuneration: A salary package consisting of:
HEW LEVEL 7
$63,067 - $68,979 per annum base salary plus 17% employer
$73,788 - $80,705 per annum which includes 17% employer
For staff entitled to 17% employer contributions, UniSuper does not
mandate a level of member contribution to superannuation. However,
in order to receive the full standard range of benefits under UniSuper,
the member must pay 7% contribution from their salary (or a salary
sacrifice equivalent contribution of 8.25%). It will be assumed that a
7% member contribution will apply unless the member formally
notifies UniSuper of a decision to pay a lesser member contribution (or
no member contribution).
Other options for salary sacrifice include a motor vehicle, laptop
computer, campus car parking and "in-house" benefits.
Opportunities exist for staff to attend Continuing Professional
Closing Date: 9 March 2009
Further Information: Mr Mark Smith, School Manager:
Telephone 07 3365 8062 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The School of Dentistry is located in the Dental School in the heart of Brisbane City in Turbot Street
and is easily accessible by public transport. The majority of the undergraduate clinical years are spent
within the Dental School, but the School also has teaching and research facilities on the main St. Lucia
campus where students spend the majority of their early years. Research laboratories are also located
at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) at Herston and at The Prince Charles Hospital.
We teach undergraduate degrees in Dental Science and Oral Health, and postgraduate areas of
specialisation. A significant community dental service is provided through our student clinics.
The School is recognised nationally and internationally for its provision of leading-edge dental
education. It is a state-of-the-art teaching campus incorporating full laboratory, computer, library and
clinical facilities. Located adjacent to the Brisbane Dental Hospital, the School also draws on the
resources and support of the University's primary campus at St Lucia.
Further details about the School and its activities may be accessed on the School’s web site at
Information for Prospective Staff
Information about the University, State of Queensland, living in Brisbane and employment at the
University is at the University’s web site. (http://www.uq.edu.au/staff)
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web site at http://www.uq.edu.au/equity/index.html?page=11661
Primary Purpose of Position
The key role of this position is to manage the facilities, equipment and materials for the Orthodontic
Laboratory and to be responsible for the day to day teaching, technical instruction and supervision of
undergraduate and postgraduate students. This position will also manage outsourcing of laboratory
work where necessary and be required to fabricate orthodontic appliances where required.
Duties and responsibilities include, but not limited to, the following:
• Manage the Orthodontic Laboratory and ensure the equipment and facilities are well maintained.
• In consultation with the academic staff prepare annual expense budget estimates for the
Orthodontic Laboratory and monitor progress of expenditure throughout the year.
• Raise requisitions for services and supplies in order to maintain stock for student classes and the
general running of the laboratory.
• Receipt goods and services received and forward relevant paperwork to the Corporate Services
Team for payment.
• Arrange and monitor servicing of laboratory equipment.
• To proficiently provide a high standard of instruction and supervision of 3rd and 4th year
undergraduate students in their clinical and pre-clinical laboratory work in the area of
• To proficiently provide a high standard of technical service to academic staff and postgraduate
• To proficiently provide a high standard of technical knowledge and support to undergraduate and
• To proficiently provide a high standard of technical knowledge and support to undergraduate and
postgraduate students whilst consulting with clinical demonstrators on effective treatment plan
• To manage the outsourcing of orthodontic laboratory work to approved external laboratories.
• Receive and administer paperwork and/or related systems for the returning of outsourced
• Liaise with the external laboratories when outsourced work is not proficient or in incorrect.
• Ensure invoices for external laboratory work are checked and forwarded to the Corporate
Services Team with confirmation to process payment.
• Administer/Coordinate the return of appliances to designated student workboxes.
• To provide a high standard of technical support for research projects.
• Supervise and train other staff when required in the design and fabrication of fixed and
removable orthodontic appliances and indentify peaks in workload ahead of time.
• Where necessary fabricate orthodontic removable appliances.
• Preparation of models and demonstration appliances.
• Maintain demonstration videos / multimedia and instructional materials.
• Establish and refine an effective scheduling system for student work to be done, utilizing where
possible the functionality of the Laboratory module of the Schools Patient Management System.
• Manage various responsibilities to ensure work is completed in an agreed timeframe.
• Undertake risk assessments for activities undertaken in the Orthodontic Laboratory.
• Ensure Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines are understood and followed in the
• Support academic and professional staff with curriculum requirements.
Code of Conduct
• Staff must comply with the University’s code of conduct (see the University’s website at
Occupational Health and Safety
• Comply with requirements of Queensland Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)
responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute.
The position reports to the School Manager.
• A Diploma in Dental Technology or equivalent qualification allowing full registration as a dental
technician with the Dental Technician and Prosthetists Board of Queensland.
Knowledge and Skills
• A broad knowledge in dental technical fields with extensive experience in Orthodontic appliance
• Experience in fabricating orthodontic appliances
• Ability to relate ideas and principles through high level oral communication.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain and service specialised laboratory equipment.
• Knowledge and application of policies on workplace health and safety including reporting and
maintenance requests and risk assessments.
• Good computing skills, including sound knowledge of email, database, spreadsheet and word
• Ability to maintain and control stock in a laboratory environment and have an understanding of
• Applied extensive experience in Technical and administration fields relating to Dental
Technology and Orthodontics.
• Experience in instructing and teaching undergraduate students in the field of Orthodontics for
both clinical and pre-clinical laboratory procedures.
• Experience in experimental research and new technology development.
• Experience in instruction or mentoring roles with students, trainees or apprentices
Standard of Output
• High level of personal standard and output to cope with the demands of technical support for
clinics and laboratory.
• Evaluation of undergraduate performance through exams and laboratory assessment.
• Ability to adapt principles and theories to suit a range of tasks and situations.
• Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues in
the workplace and ability to work co-operatively with a wide range of staff and students.
• Demonstrated capacity to take initiative, work independently and solve problems.
• Ability to prioritise workload, work independently and meet deadlines.
• Ability to adapt quickly to changing techniques and procedures.
Hours of Duty
Hours of duty will be from 8.30 am to 4.45 pm each day. Usual university conditions of employment
Applications must consist of the following:
1. Covering Letter. The covering letter should include the vacancy reference number, your
contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity in not more than one page to
introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons you should be considered for the role.
2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. A resume is a brief history of your employment and experience
that covers the following areas:
• Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the
qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended;
• Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and
specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties
or accountabilities and achievements; and
• The names and contact details (address, telephone, fax and e-mail) of three referees,
including if possible a senior person (preferably your supervisor or the head of your
organisational unit) closely associated with your current work.
3. Selection Criteria. A statement addressing how each of the selection criteria have been met is
required to assist the Selection Committee determine whether you have the relevant
qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and personal qualities.
If emailing your application, please integrate submission into one Microsoft Word or PDF document.
Applications are to be sent to:
Mr Mark Smith
School of Dentistry
200 Turbot Street
BRISBANE QLD 4000
Or email: email@example.com (one integrated file please)
• Applications should be typed;
• Do not send applications that are bound or enclosed in plastic or manilla folders;
• Simply staple the application at the top left hand corner; and
• Retain a copy for your reference because the University does not return copies to applicants.
A Selection Committee will consider all applications and shortlist candidates for interview who
appear to meet the selection criteria at the highest levels. They will be invited to attend an interview
and the remaining unsuccessful applicants will be notified accordingly.
An invitation to attend an interview provides an opportunity to provide further information to the
Selection Committee to substantiate your claims against the selection criteria or demonstrate your
capabilities. Please note that for some positions interviews may be conducted by teleconference in the
The Selection Committee will subsequently seek referee reports, if not sought prior to interview,
before making a decision to make an offer of appointment to the preferred candidate. The purpose of
referee checks is to obtain, in confidence, factual information about your past work history, as well as
opinions regarding the quality of your work, behaviour in the work place and suitability for the
position. Referee reports may be sought orally, or for academic staff, in writing by post or e-mail.
Referees should normally include current supervisors or and/or managers. A referee must be able to
comment on your work experience, skills and performance with respect to the selection criteria.
Referee checks conducted after the interview process can sometimes delay notification of the
successful candidate and other interviewees.
If you are the preferred candidate, you will receive a written offer of appointment to the position. Do
not take any action, such as resigning from your current position, before you receive a written offer
The University of Queensland is an equal opportunity employer.
Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings.