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Medical Laboratory Technician (casual)

Advertiser: St Vincent's Institute of Medical ResearchMore jobs from this company

Job Information

Job Listing Date
23 Jul 2020
Melbourne, CBD & Inner Suburbs
Work Type
Science & Technology, Laboratory & Technical Services

Organisational Context

The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) operates as a division of St Vincent’s Institute whose mission is to improve the health of the community by prevention, detection, or better treatment of common diseases. NRL was established as part of the Australian Government’s HIV and AIDS strategy. Contracted today by the Dept Health and licensed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), NRL undertakes scientific activities that support the accurate diagnosis and management of human communicable diseases, including COVID-19, HIV, HCV and HTLV. NRL provides unique and specialised services, including pre- and post-market evaluations of serology test kits, quality assurance programmes, specialised testing services, consultation, education and training for laboratories in Australia and worldwide.

The role

NRL is currently evaluating the performance of new COVID-19 serology test kits, to ensure that they are fit for purpose and suitable for general clinical use in the detection of COVID-19. With a long-standing history in undertaking similar work for other infectious diseases, NRL is well placed to produce reliable test results on COVID-19 and play an important role in the detection and prevention of this disease in Australia.

We are therefore currently recruiting a number of suitably skilled Laboratory Technicians to assist with this important work. The role will involve preparation of COVID-19 serology test panels and performing testing on different COVID-19 test kits. The majority of the test kits will be simple rapid tests. Standard laboratory testing tasks include sample aliquoting, panelling and recording the data in the Laboratory Information Management System. The role will also include providing additional support to other lab-based testing activities. All work is carried out within a highly regulated quality and safety working environment.

Full training will be provided, including comprehensive safety training and in the unique aspects of the project.

Appointment will be on a casual basis. Expect to be rostered between 3 and 4 days per week. No evening work will be required.

Selection Criteria

A Certificate or Diploma in Biomedical Laboratory Technology or relevant laboratory experience is required. Ideally you will have previously worked with infectious diseases and in a quality laboratory environment (i.e. NATA accredited), or have experience in handling and processing biomedical specimens. You will possess sound lab-based skills and are able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail, reliability and personal organisation in prior roles. Good communication skills will be essential.

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Enquiries: Penny Buxton, Senior Scientist, Laboratory Operations

Salary range: depending on qualifications and relevant experience, $33.33 - $38.50 per hour (including casual loading) plus 9.5% Super.

Generous annual $15,900 FBT exempt salary packaging is available. 

Applications Close: COB 7 August 2020


The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a laboratory technician?
  • Have you completed a qualification in science?

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