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Laboratory Scientist

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. Contracted by the Department of Health and licensed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), NRL supports collaborative scientific partners worldwide in the promotion of accurate diagnosis and management of human communicable diseases, including but not limited to HIV, HCV and HTLV. NRL provides unique and specialised services, including pre- and post-market evaluations of infectious diseases test kits, quality assurance programmes, specialised testing services, consultation, education and training for laboratories in Australia and worldwide.

The role

NRL is undertaking a large project on behalf of the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) for the post-market evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test kits in assessing claimed limit of detection. NRL has a long-standing history in undertaking similar work for SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing on behalf of the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as other infectious disease test kits. NRL has been contracted to conduct this work based on in-house infectious disease expertise, laboratory equipment and well-established evaluation, quality and safety protocols necessary to undertake this important work. Working within this highly regulated safety environment, the primary responsibility of the Laboratory Scientist is to support the project in manufacture and aliquoting of sample panels, kit receipt, and undertaking laboratory testing and administrative activities as required.  To complete this project, we are looking to fill two fixed term contract positions and multiple casual positions. 

The casual positions hours and days of work will vary from Monday to Friday any time from 0800-1700. 

The fixed term positions are fulltime (38 hours per week) 

6-month fixed term contract position (x2)Salary – MS1 $57,750 Per annum 

Casual positions salary - $36.53 per hour (inclusive of casual loading)

Selection criteria

You will hold tertiary qualifications in medical laboratory science or the equivalent, with experience in a fast-paced laboratory environment operating pathology laboratory equipment and following strict SOPs.  In addition to your laboratory competencies, you will have well-developed Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel skills. Experience in testing for infectious diseases pathology is highly desirable. 

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  • Enquiries: Shannon Curley, Senior Scientist, [email protected]

We will assess applications as they arrive and close the advert once all positions are filled.

To apply – please apply via Seek.   Please indicate in your covering letter whether you are applying for the casual or fixed term positions. 

The Victorian Government has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all essential services staff unless a medical exemption applies. The successful incumbent must be fully vaccinated against COVID19 prior to commencement and will be required to show evidence of triple COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment.

Closing Date: Thursday 30th June 2022

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