OPTIMA Education and Outreach Officer

About the Role

Hew 6, 0.5 FTE, based at the University of Melbourne, Parkville.

The Education and Outreach Officer position is situated within the ARC Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA).

OPTIMA is based at the University of Melbourne in Parkville, with a second node at Monash University in Clayton. OPTIMA is expected to conduct world-class research and provide training for research students working in industrial optimisation. The research program focuses on model-based and black-box optimisation methodologies relevant to a broad range of industry partner optimisation challenges. A multidisciplinary approach is expected, drawing from techniques developed in mathematics, computer science, statistics, engineering, and economics.

The incumbent will be based in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Melbourne in Parkville. The Education and Outreach Officer is responsible for assisting the Centre Manager in delivering the Centre’s education program and growing the Centre’s outreach presence across a range of audiences, including schools, government, industry, and the community. The incumbent is responsible for seeking broader community exposure to the Centre’s research outcomes offered by the Centre.

Responsibilities include:

  • Promote OPTIMA research to the general public, government, industry and schools, using established channels within each of the partner universities
  • Deliver on the actions developed by the Centre’s sub-committees to support the Centre’s vision, mission and strategic objectives
  • Assist in coordinating the Centre’s outreach initiatives to promote the Centre to schools, policymakers, industry, peak bodies and the general public
  • Assist in delivering the Centre’s Outreach and Education events and Centre-wide events, including project and event management, and promotion of event and event logistics

About You

You will have the ability to manage workload through changing priorities, peak periods and other centre deadlines and have highly developed interpersonal skills with a proven ability to interact with a diverse range of people in an organisation and a commitment to quality service. You will possess a high level of self-motivation, initiative, and ability to provide creative solutions to problems and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Studies or work experience in an optimisation field is desirable but not essential.

You will also have:

  • A relevant degree with subsequent relevant experience in an educational institution or an equivalent combination of relevant experience, educational training, or extensive experience
  • Proven ability and experience to contribute to the ongoing development of the education and outreach programs and strategies
  • Proven experience in program or events management
  • Demonstrated appreciation of or affinity with STEM education programs and activities and a commitment to delivering quality service to event participants

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.


Deadline 11th August 2022

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