Surgical Skills Operations Officer


Surgical Skills Operations Officer, Macquarie University

  • Location:      North Ryde, NSW,  Wallumattagal Campus
  • Salary:         $93,017-102,676 per year
  • Job type:      Permanent,  Full-time


Coordinate the operations, technical requirements for teaching and research within the Surgical Skills Unit at Macquarie University


  • Salary Package: From $93,017 to $102,676 (HEW level 6) plus shift loading, annual leave loading and 17% employer’s superannuation
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, continuing, flexible working week including regular weekend work Tues-Saturday or Wed -Sunday as required.
  • Location: Macquarie University (Wallumattagal Campus, North Ryde)


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Specific Role Enquiries:

 Associate Professor Richard Appleyard, Director of Clinical Skills Training

General Enquiries: Nithya Elango, HR Assistant at

Applications Close: Friday 20 October 2023 at 11:59 PM AEDT

The Role

We are seeking a Surgical, Skills Operations Officer to coordinate the operational and technical requirements for the Surgical Skills Unit including its facilities, teaching and research programs and workshops for external clients.

Reporting to the Manager, Surgical Skills and Training this role supports the end-to-end operational requirements for the Surgical Skills unit and its activities. Working with medical professionals, this interesting and diverse role is responsible for the coordination of both logistical and technical workshop requirements, including catering, liaising with prospective participants and stakeholders, event support and working with the Director of Clinical Skills on vendor negotiations and associated administrative support. In addition, the role ensures that technical requirements for workshops, including preparation of human specimens, tissue scanning, medical instruments, radiation equipment, AV/IT support or any specific requirements are available as required.

 Experience and skills: 

  • You will have demonstrated technical experience and expertise in coordinating a range of technical and laboratory resources and events within a surgical skills or anatomy facility.
  •  Your experience in the prosecution and dissection of human cadaveric or anatomical tissue and understanding of tissue preservation techniques, experience monitoring and complying with workplace health and safety requirements and knowledge of safe handling of cadavers, laboratory chemicals and clinical waste policies and procedures will ensure your success in this busy and diverse role.


About Us

The Faculty of Medicine, Health, and Human Sciences (FMHHS) is ambitiously pushing the boundaries of progressive thinking and challenging what’s possible to solve some of the big issues of our time, both nationally and on a global scale.

The Faculty’s current education suite includes courses in clinical science, physiotherapy, medicine and public health, psychology, cognitive sciences, linguistics, audiology, and speech pathology. The Faculty forms part of MQ Health, an integrated academic health sciences enterprise that incorporates Macquarie University Hospital and primary and speciality clinics.

  • We have active research programs in mental health across the lifespan, neurosciences, health systems and patient safety research, cancer medicine, and clinical sciences, amongst others.
  • We foster a values-based culture of innovation and creativity to achieve excellence in teaching and to enhance the research performance of the University.
  • We invest in developing the careers and well-being of our students and staff and expect all our leaders to live our values of Caring, Integrity, Teamwork, Ambition, Innovation, and Engagement.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. .

Diversity and Inclusion

Innovation and ingenuity thrive at Macquarie University when diversity, equity and inclusion take centre stage. At the University, we embrace a culture where diversity of background, experience and perspective are fundamental to our success.

We do not discriminate on gender identity, age, culture, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, family and caring responsibilities or religion. See our journey towards leadership in Higher Education.


Flexible Work

At Macquarie, we believe by providing flexibility in when, where and how work is done, we can support our staff to manage their personal commitments, while optimising their work performance and contributions to the University. See how we lead in to enable an outcome focused and inclusive workplace.

  • To learn more about our culture and hiring process, explore our .

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To Apply

  • To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate (2-page maximum) cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • Completion of a relevant degree or diploma in Science or a related field with demonstrated work experience within an anatomy laboratory.
  • An understanding of tissue preservation techniques.
  • Experience in organising, managing and coordinating technical and laboratory resources in an anatomy or surgical skills facility.
  • An understanding of, and experience interpreting and applying relevant legislation, policies and protocols, such as the Anatomy Act (NSW) and associated NSW policies and guideline, Human Tissue legislation and the Public Health Act
  • Experience monitoring and complying with workplace health and safety requirements.
  • Knowledge of safe handling of cadavers, laboratory chemicals and clinical waste policies and procedures.
  • Advanced computer skills including MS Office, internet-based research and database management.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated high-level time management and organisational skills, with ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines.



  • Demonstrated experience in technical or operational support in a similar facility.

Please note this position is only open to

  • Australian citizens,
  • permanent residents 
  • those currently residing in Australia with full working rights.

If you’re already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you’ll need to apply through your employee Workday account. 

To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App.


How to Apply:

  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for at least 3 professional references
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  • Put your details and submit your application
  • Upload your resume if applicable
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