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  1. 1. POSITION DESCRIPTION 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 superannuation contributions $73,788 - $80,705 per annum which includes 17% employer superannuation contributions 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 Development courses. Closing Date: 9 March 2009 Further Information: Mr Mark Smith, School Manager: Telephone 07 3365 8062 or Email BACKGROUND Organisational Environment 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. (1050159.POS DESC)
  2. 2. 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. ( For a comprehensive guide to family friendly work practices and services visit the Work and Family web site at DUTY STATEMENT 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 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 Orthodontics. • To proficiently provide a high standard of technical service to academic staff and postgraduate coursework students. • To proficiently provide a high standard of technical knowledge and support to undergraduate and postgraduate students. • 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 outcomes. • 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 laboratory work.
  3. 3. • 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 Orthodontic Laboratory. • 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. Reporting Relationships The position reports to the School Manager. SELECTION CRITERIA Qualifications Essential • 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 Essential • A broad knowledge in dental technical fields with extensive experience in Orthodontic appliance construction. • 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. Desirable • 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 processing packages.
  4. 4. • Ability to maintain and control stock in a laboratory environment and have an understanding of procurement procedures. Experience Essential • Applied extensive experience in Technical and administration fields relating to Dental Technology and Orthodontics. Desirable • 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 Essential • 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. Personal Qualities Essential • 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 will apply.
  5. 5. APPLICATION 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 Manager School of Dentistry 200 Turbot Street BRISBANE QLD 4000 Or email: (one integrated file please) Please note: • 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.
  6. 6. SELECTION PROCESS 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 first instance. 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 of appointment. The University of Queensland is an equal opportunity employer. Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings.