Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research across 3 campuses in the northeast of Melbourne and state-wide. Austin Health is world-renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.
An exciting opportunity currently exists for an enthusiastic and highly experienced full time Grade 4 Scientist, Molecular Microbiology. The scientist will be responsible to the General Manager (Operations) operationally, and report to the Microbiologist(s) in regard to Austin Molecular Microbiology diagnostic testing. Initially, the focus of this role will be on the performance of SARS-CoV-2 testing, implementation of related testing platforms and service deliverables to assist the Austin Health COVID response, but over time, as rates of testing for SARS-CoV-2 decrease, the focus of the role will shift to the development and management of other molecular microbiology tests. In view of this, the role will involve development of a collaborative working relationship with staff in both the molecular diagnostic service and the microbiology service, along with other areas of Austin Health Pathology, including regional laboratories.
The scientist will have an important role in leading the Austin Health Pathology Molecular Microbiology service, both for COVID and non-COVID diagnostic testing. This position will require the Grade 4 scientist to work closely with the Medical Microbiologist and General Manager in overseeing scientific and technical aspects of assays that will include evaluation of new and existing tests, troubleshooting of assays, liaising with instrument vendors, ordering of consumables, creation and maintenance of SOP and protocols/workflow charting, involvement with, and monitoring of quality measures including KPIs and QAP, and reporting of aggregate data to senior staff as required.
The Scientist is expected to take an operational lead in the efficient running of the laboratory including, but not limited to training and education of molecular diagnostic staff, management of staff rosters, performance of internal and external audits and quality assurance activities, and supervision and support of staff working in the Molecular microbiology testing areas to ensure a continuous and reliable output of results. The scientist will provide training and oversight of molecular point of care assays performed in Austin pathology peripheral laboratories, and work collaboratively with the Austin Pathology Point of Care Manager. This may include designing and preparing remote training modules and travelling to regional areas to support laboratory set up and establish training programs. The scientist will prepare validation documents sharing key responsibility for the maintenance of laboratory accreditation, and undertake other laboratory duties as directed by the General Manager (Operations) in accordance with NPAAC requirements for submission to NATA for accreditation.
Work with us! Your reward is to work in a collaborative environment which will provide you with opportunities for ongoing training and development. Your benefits will include salary packaging, and employee assistance program.
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Austin Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.