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Laboratory Technician- National Reference Laboratory

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 HIV, COVID-19, 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 seeking a full-time Laboratory Technician to join their testing team.  The primary role of the Laboratory Technician is to support the testing team in a range of activities including receipt of deliveries (specimens, test kits, reagents, and consumables) for NRL, to enter relevant information into the NRL laboratory information management system (LIMS) and process specimens ready for laboratory testing. Activities include specimen preparation (centrifugation/aliquoting), sending specimens for external testing, storing specimens according to their temperature requirements and requesting appropriate tests in the LIMS. 

The incumbent will also be expected undertake general laboratory tasks and to provide general support to NRL laboratory functions. This will include performing regular maintenance on equipment and general laboratory housekeeping duties.

Opportunities may be available for the incumbent to perform diagnostic testing and assist with special projects under the supervision of a scientist.

We are looking for a candidate with qualifications in laboratory technology, or relevant laboratory experience, and ideally experience in the receipt and processing of laboratory specimens and the maintenance of laboratory equipment. Attention to detail and accuracy in laboratory processes, as well as competency in using laboratory information technology will ensure success in the role.

Salary: commensurate with qualifications and experience, ranging from $55,110 - $60,851 per annum, plus:

- 10% superannuation

- generous $15,900 FBT exempt salary packaging

Applications: via seek only should be addressed to Terri Sahin and include the following:

- Current CV

- Covering letter addressing selection criteria

Enquiries: Terri Sahin [email protected]

Applications Close: COB Friday, 6 August 2021

Closing Date: Friday 6th August 2021

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