• The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jul 9, 2021

Job Description:

The Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne, is seeking a Scientist who will contribute to MDU PHL’s Asia-Pacific regional public health capacity building and training programs to deliver multi-country programs for a range of clinical microbiology laboratory testing.

The Scientist will support the Doherty Institute’s large, cross-disciplinary regional antimicrobial resistance capacity building and training projects, including the Fleming Fund Fellowship Program and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security funded COMBAT-AMR project to support implementation of laboratory diagnostics for COVID-19 and antimicrobial resistance testing (AMR) in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The incumbent will provide subject matter expertise in molecular diagnostics, antimicrobial resistance testing and quality management systems in regional healthcare settings. The incumbent will be required to develop and implement tools and frameworks to assess regional laboratory capabilities, development of training approaches, and development and implementation of guidelines, policies and training programs to improve laboratory quality systems, including support for external quality assurance.

The successful applicant will be an outstanding Scientist, who will work closely with the Regional AMR and COVID-19 Teams at MDU PHL and liaise successfully with staff associated with Asia-Pacific regional laboratories. Opportunities for short to medium term placements across various regional public health and clinical laboratories may be required to contribute to achieving project objectives.

The Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL) provides a microbiological investigation, detection, enumeration, reference characterisation, challenge testing and advisory service for the public health community.