Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Parkville

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Melbourne Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Research, Medical

Reference: 55781

Medical Laboratory Scientist

Research group at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza (WHOCCRRI)

VIDRL (Victorian Department of Infectious Diseases) based at the Doherty Institute

Full Time, Fixed Term position, working 80 hours per fortnight for 12 months

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

As one of the largest health services in Victoria, and a team of more than 10,000 strong, we provide a comprehensive range of specialist medical, surgical, and mental health services; as well as rehabilitation, aged care, outpatient and community programs. We are a designated state-wide provider for services including trauma, and we lead centres of excellence for tertiary services in several key specialties including neurosciences, nephrology, oncology, cardiology and virtual health.

Surrounded by a Parkville Precinct of brilliant thinkers, we collaborate to set new benchmarks in health excellence – benchmarks that impact across the globe. While the work we do takes us in inspiring new directions; caring for each other, our patients and consumers is as essential to who we are, as any scientific breakthrough we make. We put people first – leading with kindness and working together, we excel as one Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Your new team

The primary focus of this position is to support ongoing research activities at the Centre investigating the susceptibility of influenza viruses to antiviral drugs and assessing the fitness of influenza viruses. The successful applicant will work closely with a group scientists analysing respiratory viruses especially influenza using various techniques and animal models.

Your success in this role, will be in your ability to

To support the Centre’s research activities on influenza and other respiratory viruses

To participate in and run experimental animal models of influenza

Perform cell culture experience and virus isolation

Perform gene sequencing using Sanger and NGS platforms

Perform real time RT-PCR assays

Perform standard molecular and virological techniques as required

To assist in the development and testing of new methods

Interact with Centre staff on findings from these studies

Your Contribution

Degree in microbiology/immunology (or similar discipline) and have laboratory experience (2 years minimum, preferably in the virological/microbiological/or immunological disciplines)

Experience working with animal models of disease

Experienced in animal handling and animal experimentation

Experienced in cell culture experience and virus isolation

Experienced in basic virological methods e.g. TCID50, plaquing

Experienced in basic molecular techniques cloning, plasmid preparation, transfection etc

Able to write scientifically and to prepare SOP’s

Able to work in a NATA environment with a high degree of quality control

Our Commitment to you

Here at The RMH we strive for excellence with a strong purpose that defines the work we do for our community – Advancing health for everyone, every day. This is the Melbourne Way.

We believe our success comes from our people. We’re committed to the RMH being a great place to work and a great place to receive care. We have made a long-term commitment to strengthen our organisational culture through leadership, education and empowering our staff to Speak Up for themselves and each other.

This is a role where your passion and expertise can come together to create a truly defining career opportunity. It is a unique opportunity to help us transform the future of the RMH and ultimately ensure we continue to deliver world class healthcare.

The RMH stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in work and care. We are proud to be a workplace that champions diversity, inclusion and equality for our staff and our community. Our goal is for our people to feel safe, included and supported so that they can be at their best every single day. We encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacancies, and will consider adjustments to support such applications.


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All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Record Check and a Working with Children Check. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunisation assessment prior to commencement.

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