Technical Assistant (Medical Laboratory Scientist)

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Nov 25, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0057628
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full-time; Fixed-term
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Microbiology and Immunology
UOM 4 – $71,099 – $75,458 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Department comprises more than 120 academic staff, including 25 full professors, 80 graduate students and around 35 research groups that are actively involved in microbiology and immunology research and teaching. The Department prides itself on offering world-class training in microbiology and immunology led by teaching specialists and teaching-research academics. This research-led teaching in infection and immunity provides superb training for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

About the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL)

The Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU PHL) is a public health laboratory for the Department of Health, Victoria situated within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne.

The MDU PHL is concerned with provision of services for the laboratory diagnosis of diseases of public health importance, the application of typing methods, the use of computer-based data collection systems for epidemiological purposes, and provision of expert opinion. MDU’s scope is broad and there is ample opportunity to develop specialist skills including detection, identification, presence and characterisation of antimicrobial resistance, virulence factors, detailed characterisation and typing using phenotypic and genotypic methods.

About the Role
Technical Assistants are responsible for assisting with the timely examination of samples within the varying sections in MDU PHL. This includes responsibility for the isolation and identification of pathogenic organisms from a range of samples not limited to food, water, environmental and clinical specimens. Technical assistants are required to work weekends on a rostered basis following suitable training.

Responsibilities include:

About You
You will provide professional, timely and accurate completion of sample testing with an attention to detail and the utilisation of effective organisational skills. You will possess the ability to adapt to periodic pressures of the workplace, where large numbers of analyses need to be performed rapidly with a high degree of analytical precision and demonstrate a flexible attitude to work, as tasks vary.

You will also have:

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

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We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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