Senior Consultant

About Dohrmann Consulting

Established in 1981, Dohrmann Consulting is Australia’s leading safety and ergonomics experts.  We provide the specialist advice and support that organisations need to deliver safe, comfortable and efficient workplaces, products and systems.  We are also recognised leaders in the related provision of expert liability opinion in personal injury cases.

We work in most industries across Australia, including legal, architecture and building, transport, manufacturing, emergency services, warehousing, defence and oil and gas clients (and more).

A sample of recent assignments we have completed:

  • advising on tram and train design and related ticketing systems.
  • helping architects humanise various workplaces – including new bank branches and other world-class public spaces (e.g. art galleries and markets).
  • assessing and advising on ergonomics improvements to defence production lines, wind farms and large warehouses.
  • virtually assessing and advising on new air traffic control console designs; and,
  • advising on the design of commercial aircraft crew rest facilities on new long-distance aircraft.

If you are the right fit for us, you will get a genuine and rare opportunity to significantly broaden your safety consulting knowledge, skills and experience, and as well as being exposed to a wide range of fascinating work environments and interesting problems.

While our approach is always rigorous and science-driven, we do not produce science projects.  What we do deliver to our clients is straightforward, practical advice on real-life problems that they can rely on and use.

We pride ourselves on using our investigative and engineering capabilities and a team approach to help clients efficiently identify and develop feasible, reasonably practicable solutions to safety and ergonomics problems.  We are friendly, hard working, enjoying the continual challenges of helping clients and each other.  You must be ready to be challenged, too, because the learning curve will be steep.

Continued recent growth has driven the need for another enthusiastic and talented consultant with a minimum of five years of experience to join our team.  While our office is in Melbourne, applicants will be considered from other locations within Australia.

The Role

Interested?  If you are a talented and experienced ergonomist or similar safety professional, or an engineer with an interest in safety (or both), then we would love to hear from you.

No day is the same!  Reporting to our Operations Manager, you will complete ergonomics and safety consulting projects and expert injury investigations.  While the exact work you complete will be driven by your professional background and work experience, the consulting projects you undertake will generally involve ergonomics and safety assessments of workplaces, processes, or products; ergonomics evaluation of and advice on designs; workplace safety audits and inspections; manual handling risk assessments and safety training.

In your expert work, you will review and analyse incidents and injuries now the subject of litigation and provide opinion in those matters to assist the court.  Supported by our wider team of experts, assignments generally involve the examination of strain injuries (manual handling & overuse/RSI), plant (fixed and mobile) and machinery incidents, slips, trips and falls, and product failures.

Links to a selection of recent judgments where we have given evidence can be found at the bottom of the various expert profiles at   

Experience and Education


  • Undergraduate degree in a discipline relevant to ergonomics (e.g. engineering, occupational therapy, human movement, physiotherapy, psychology, industrial design, applied science, nursing).
  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience.
  • Practical experience in incident investigation and/or product or system failure analysis.
  • Experience in developing practical solutions to safety or similar technical problems; and,
  • A working knowledge of relevant human capabilities, limits and abilities.


We will favourably view any further:

  • Post-graduate qualifications and/or relevant work experience in any of:
    • Ergonomics/human factors;
    • Biomedical/rehabilitation/risk engineering;
    • Biomechanics;
    • OHS; or,
    • a related health science.
  • A strong understanding of strain injury causation.
  • Certified Professional Ergonomist status with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA).  Should you not already have this certification, it would be beneficial if you are at least be part-way (or willing to work) towards such recognition.

Other Essential Attributes

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to:
    • clearly and succinctly communicate complex concepts to non-technical audiences in a written report.
    • think and talk clearly on your feet.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a record of building and maintaining strong working relationships, both internal and external.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Commitment to continual learning and an interest in problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Team-first attitude. You enjoy working collaboratively to achieve objectives.
  • Healthy attitude towards constructive criticism – peer review of all work is an integral part of our quality process.

Application Process

To apply, please submit your résumé and a cover letter which specifically responds to the above selection criteria.  Applications may be submitted via Seek.

Questions regarding the position may be submitted directly to

Only applicants with the right to live and work permanently in Australia will be considered.