First listed on: 09 April 2018

Research Technician - Proficiency Testing

  • Apply your expertise in quality assurance and quality systems in diagnostic testing.
  • Provide essential technical support to world-leading research.
  • Join the team at CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)

The Position

The Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Program at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) provides diagnostic and research capability for the investigation of emergency diseases affecting livestock and other animals.

This position represents an exciting opportunity for a Research Projects Officer to provide support and assist in the production, quality assurance testing and distribution of proficiency testing and diagnostic reagents to a large range of external clients. In this role you will contribute to the curation of the proficiency testing and reagent sample library used in the provision of services to national and international clients.  You will also contribute to the analysis and reporting of proficiency testing results, for the various proficiency testing programmes run. In-house training in serology, molecular and virology diagnostics will also be provided.

More specifically you will:

  • Under the guidance of team and project leaders organise, prepare and dispatch proficiency testing samples, reagents and reference material for serology and molecular diagnostic testing in a timely fashion.
  • Operate under and help maintain the laboratory’s quality assurance and accreditation, and assist other laboratories in the establishment and maintenance of quality systems.
  • Assist in the analyses of proficiency testing results and writing of reports for participating laboratories, helping to maintain and enhance the laboratory’s delivery of service to customers.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • As required, participate in in-house training between serology, molecular and virology diagnostic laboratories

Location:      Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Salary:          $71K - $78K per annum + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified term of 2 years
Reference:   56633

To be successful you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary degree in Biological Science and/or equivalent experience in laboratory diagnostic testing.

  • Knowledge and experience at a professional level in the requirements for quality assurance and quality systems in diagnostic testing.

  • A record of technical competence and achievement in laboratory diagnostic testing (for example molecular (PCR) testing, serology (ELISA, HI) and virology).

  • A proven track record as team player showing initiative, self-motivation, plus an ability and willingness to perform with minimal supervision and follow defined procedures accurately and consistently.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive, professional relationships that support stakeholders including internal and external customers.

  • Experience with a Laboratory Information Management System data entry and reporting activities at an ISO 17025 or ISO 17043 level, and/or data analysis, report writing and comparing the performance of diagnostic assays (PCR, ELISA and HI) would be an advantage.

Other special requirements:

  • Must be willing and able to adhere to CSIRO AAHL microbiological security requirements and HSE policies as specified in the position description document.
  • Be willing and able to travel nationally and internationally as required.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position description

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.
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CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)
AAHL helps protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. It is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.

How to Apply:  To apply for this position please upload ONE document only that includes your CV/resume, cover letter and a statement addressing the selection criteria. Please upload these as ONE document.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position description

Applications Close:  11:59pm, AEST 22 April 2018

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