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Quality Control (QC) Programme Scientist, NRL

Organisational Context

The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) operates as a division of St Vincent’s Institute. 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, HCV and HTLV. With a workforce of over 30 staff, NRL provides unique and specialised services, including pre- and post-market evaluations of serology test kits, quality assurance programs, specialised testing services, consultation, education and training for laboratories in Australia and worldwide.

The role

The primary role of the Quality Control (QC) Programme Scientist will be to assist in the delivery of the NRL QC Programme.  This role requires a deep level of understanding of diagnostic testing, either clinical or donor setting, predominantly infectious diseases serology but also nucleic acid amplification technology or clinical biochemistry testing. Understanding sources of variation and how it affect quality of test results is important. 

The successful applicant will understand how to analyse and interpret data generated from QC sample testing using dedicated software such as Excel and NRL proprietary QC software – EDCNet, and solve or suggest solutions to problems identified.  Excellent and confident communication skills are required to liaise with customers, key stakeholders such as IVD manufacturers, and deliver written reports and oral presentations.  Management of inventory, liaison with NRL QC manufacturing partners and logistics companies will be required. The successful applicant will be confident working in a laboratory environment and be able to assist on occasion with other team tasks.

Enquiries: QC Team Leader, Joe Vincini  joe@nrlquality.org.au  Ph: 03 9418 1104  

Salary: Grade 2 Scientist,  level dependent upon experience, plus 9.5% superannuation

Salary Packaging: up to $15,900 FBT-exempt 

Application Status: Closed. Currently shortlisting

Closing Date:

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Human Resources Adviser - part time 3 days per week

The role

Reporting to the HR Manager, the part time HR Adviser will provide generalist HR operational support, advise and administration across the range of day-to-day HR functions including recruitment, on-boarding, tracking staff and student details, policy development, administer salary and general employment arrangements. Partnering with  Lab Heads and Managers, you will be the key point of contact for employment and student placement queries.

Selection criteria

  • Formal qualifications in Human Resources, Business or Psychology
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a HR operational generalist role
  • Experience in coordinating all aspects of the recruitment process
  • Experience in coordinating the range of day to day HR operational aspects of the life cycle of the employee, including on-boarding, contract management, employment variations, performance appraisals and departure
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • High level of computer literacy including excel and database

Salary: Prorata the full time equiv salary $80,000 - $86,000 pa, including $15,900 FBT-exempt salary packaging, plus 9.5% superannuation

Further Information: Helen Ritchie, HR Manager  03 9231 2493  hritchie@svi.edu.au

Applications: only via Seek please https://www.seek.com.au/job/37017943?

Status: Currently shortlisting

Closing Date:

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Principal Scientist - National Reference Laboratory

Organisational Context

The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) is a division of St Vincent’s Institute. Contracted by the Department of Health and licensed by the TGA, NRL is a leading provider of scientific services and products that support the accurate diagnosis and management of human communicable diseases, such as HIV, HCV and HTLV. With a workforce of over 30 staff, NRL provides unique and specialised services, including pre- and post-market evaluations of serology test kits, quality assurance programs, specialised testing services, consultation, education and training for serology testing laboratories both in Australia and worldwide.

The role

NRL is currently seeking a full time Principal Scientist as the key driver of NRL's scientific integrity. This is a pivotal role to deliver accurate and high level interpretive analysis, scientific skill and leadership across the organisation. In addition, the Principal Scientist will retain direct operational management responsibility for three scientific teams; External Quality Assessment Schemes (EQAS), Production and Testing.

Selection criteria

Applicants should review the Position Description in full and address the selection criteria. In summary you will hold a relevant Masters or PhD qualification and have an established reputation in a senior role in either the infectious diseases diagnostic or blood screening industries. You will possess superior diagnostic skill and judgement and be viewed as an expert in your field. Operationally, you will have been a proven leader and coach of medical scientists, undertaken responsible resource management, and competently managed significant budgets. Contemporary knowledge of the IVD's for infectious diseases industry and pathology networks will ensure that you make a major strategic contribution to the direction of NRL's testing techniques, evaluation and new markets.

We are keen to hear from candidates who can demonstrate the ability to successfully engage, influence and lead for continuous improvement.

Enquiries: NRL Director, Dr Philippa Hetzel  philippa@nrlquality.org.au

Salary: $145,000 (a generous $15,900 FBT-exempt salary packaging option is available) plus 9.5% Super

Appplications: only via Seek  please https://www.seek.com.au/job/36996019?

Closing Date:

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Quality & Risk Manager - National Reference Laboratory

Organisational Context

The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) https://www.nrlquality.org.au/ operates as a division of SVI. 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, HCV and HTLV. With a workforce of over 30 staff, NRL provides unique and specialised services, including pre- and post-market evaluations of serology test kits, quality assurance programs, specialised testing services, consultation, education and training for laboratories in Australia and worldwide.

The role

NRL is currently seeking a full time Quality and Risk Manager to ensure NRL’s operations and services comply with all regulatory requirements for quality accreditation and safety. As a member of NRL’s senior management team, this role is responsible for quality policy, the quality management system, external and internal cycle of quality audits and the overall strategic and operational management of quality. The Quality and Risk Manager also acts as the management representative for staff safety and safe workplace practices. On a day to day basis you will be responsible the supervision of the quality and safety team and for all quality and safety documentation and records.  The role holds the primary relationship with TGA, NATA and BSI.

Selection criteria

Applicants should have tertiary qualifications in science with extensive experience in a scientific laboratory environment, ideally within a serology, infectious diseases or manufacturing setting. You will have successfully led quality management frameworks and compliance processes in similar facilities. You will possess a depth of expertise in the application and management of NATA, ISO, ISI, GMP and/or other similar quality standards, as well as risk and safety frameworks.   

We are keen to hear from candidates who can demonstrate the ability to successfully engage, influence and lead others through a positive culture of quality and continuous improvement, which is neither burdensome nor complex.

Position Enquiries: Acting Quality Manager, Tamara McDonald  Ph: 03 9418 1100   tamara@nrlquality.org.au

Commencing salary: $110,500 (includes generous $15,900 FBT-exempt salary packaging component)  plus 9.5% Super

Status: Shortlisting underway.

Recruitment Enquiries: Helen Ritchie, HR Manager  hritchie@svi.edu.au        

Closing Date:

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