My Melbourne with Dr Steven Manos

December 10 / 50

What is your unit?

Research Services in Information Technology Services

What is your job title?

Manager, Research Services.

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

Since January this year.

How did you come to work at the University?

Until late last year, I was a research fellow at University College London, where I was working on a large European project called the Virtual Physiological Human. The University is a member of this project, and through that network I met Professor Peter Harris (MDHS) who referred me for this role. Melbourne is an amazing city I’ve always wanted to live in, and with this new and challenging role I was persuaded to move here.

Describe your typical day

I wish life at Melbourne allowed for a ‘typical day’ =). My days tend to involve meetings, discussions and presentations to people from all around the university, one on one and in groups. One day last week started with a morning Research Services team meeting, followed by some discussions with the communications team in ITS. Then I met with staff from MSGR to discuss our 2011 plans for research IT education and training. A quick lunch at the café downstairs and then the eResearch Director and I presented at Academic Board. The day finished up with a meeting in ITS to update everyone on the University’s role in the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project.

If the day hasn’t been too draining, I try to get along to a lindy hop dance class somewhere in Melbourne in the evenings.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

Meeting and interacting with the very diverse research community at the University and in the Parkville Precinct, lots of different personalities and backgrounds make it really interesting. Helping researchers and research students realise there are better ways to do something using IT is particularly satisfying.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn’t know?

Before I studied Science and my PhD (in Physics) I studied visual arts, mainly in photography and metal sculpture, and I still get my hands dirty doing both.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

Seven Seeds =)

What do you like most about the University?

The open green spaces.






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