Medical Scientist in Charge - Cytogenetics (510226)

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Nov 23, 2021
Medicine Full-time

Job Description:

Following an announcement by the Tasmanian Government, a Public Health Direction was issued on 10 September 2021 requiring that all Health Workers are vaccinated against COVID-19. This step is critical in protecting both our health workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians in our care.

Applicants for any position within the Department of Health must be prepared to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment.

Located at the base of the beautiful Mount Wellington/Kunanyi and overlooking the Derwent River, the RHH offers an exciting opportunity for a cytogeneticist to join and lead the cytogenetics team. After responding to a number of challenges over recent years, the cytogenetics laboratory would welcome a motivated and enthusiastic scientist to lead the team, delivering high-quality diagnostic services, with a focus on cancer, in a state-wide service.

Working in conjunction with the Director of Cytogenetics and a small skilled team of experienced scientists, this position offers the Scientist in Charge the opportunity to utilise their expertise to introduce new technologies and develop/refine current testing.


$126,868 to $128,339 pro-rata, per annum


AHP Manager Level 5 Grade 1


Allied Health Professionals Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement 2019

Period of Employment

Permanent, full-time, day work (with on-call), working 76 hours per fortnight commencing 10 January 2022.

Please note that hours may be negotiated with the successful applicants.


Pathology Services – Royal Hobart Hospital


Under the direction of the Genetic Pathologist (Director of Cytogenetics), the Medical Scientist in Charge – Cytogenetics coordinates the day-to-day activities of the cytogenetics laboratory including:

  • Providing a Statewide cytogenetic diagnostic testing service with an emphasis on cancer

  • Delivering complex diagnostic services to the Department’s clients and evaluate, initiate, validate and introduce new technologies and/or methodologies

  • Directing professional and technical staff working in the Cytogenetics laboratory; providing expertise and advice to staff, and managing individual and team performance

  • Contributing to broader clinical management and service delivery issues, as part of a senior practice management group. This includes policy review and the development of strategies to meet current and future service priorities

  • Collaborating with pathologists, clinicians and researchers and participate in clinical trials and research opportunities

Essential Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of an appropriate course of study* at a recognised tertiary institution.
  • *Bachelor of Science (Medical Laboratory Science) or equivalent.

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer. The following checks are to be conducted:

1. Conviction checks in the following areas:

a) Crimes of Violence
b) Sex Related Offences
c) Serious Drug Offences
d) Crimes involving dishonesty

2. Identification check

3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check

Desirable Requirements

  • Fellowship of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (Cytogenetics) or Fellowship of the Faculty of Scient of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, or other relevant post graduate qualification in the field of cytogenetics

  • Experience in leading a diagnostic laboratory and laboratory management

Applicants should note that, for a period of six months from the date of publication, this selection process may be used to fill subsequent or similar vacancies.

510226 Medical Scientist in Charge - Cytogenetics HP5.1 (Sept 2021) HR (1).pdf
510226 Medical Scientist in Charge - Cytogenetics HP5.1 (Sept 2021) HR.docx
Applicant Guide.pdf
Applicant Guide.docx

How to apply

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For further information contact

Tracey Batt
Staff Specialist - Clinical Haematologist
Phone: (03) 6166 8308

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