Technical Assistant / Scientist - Molecular Pathology

Job No: 31382
Location: Taringa, Brisbane

  • Are you seeking a challenging and rewarding position? This is the opportunity for you!
  • Attractive remuneration package plus super plus an outstanding range of benefits!
  • Supportive team environment, with significant opportunities for career progression!

About the Organisation

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology is one of the largest pathology practices in Australia, providing comprehensive services to patients and doctors over a geographic area throughout Queensland and New South Wales and employing more than 1900 people.

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology services the Brisbane metropolitan area and regional areas extending as far north as Cairns and south to Coffs Harbour.

About the Opportunity

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology is now seeking a full-time Technical Assistant/Scientist for their Molecular Pathology Department, based in Taringa.

The successful applicant will be expected to work a variety of rostered shifts comprising 6am-2pm, 9am-5pm and 12 midday to 8pm. Weekend work on Saturdays and public holiday work is also an expectation of this position as required, with rostering for these shifts shared amongst the staff group.

The main specific functions of this role will include:

  • PCR assay setup;
  • DNA/RNA loading;
  • Operation of liquid handling robotics;
  • Use of real-time PCR equipment;
  • Assay quality control;
  • Test and result interpretation and reporting;
  • Providing advice and assistance to referrers, pathologists and other clients in a professional capacity;
  • Contributing to the department quality management system;
  • Instrument maintenance and troubleshooting; and
  • Laboratory assistant duties as required.

The successful candidate must have a minimum of Certificate IV in a relevant area of study from a recognised training institution. Experience in molecular biology or microbiology techniques will be advantageous.

Comprehensive training will be provided, including laboratory assistant specimen reception and DNA/RNA extraction duties, and these duties will occasionally comprise part of the role.  Exceptional oral, written communication  and organisations skills and a strong team focus is essential.

The organisation's Taringa premises offer easy access to car parking and public transport, and a security guard after hours.

The high level of service provided by Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology is delivered by a dedicated staff comprising of pathologists, scientists, technicians, laboratory assistants, collection personnel, couriers, computer personnel, pathology services assistants and other support staff. The successful candidate will join a small, welcoming team, all of whom have stayed with the organisation for a number of years.

Staff members will be given a chance to develop their skills through ongoing training and provided with the possibility for career development and advancement. 

The successful candidate will enjoy an attractive salary plus super and overtime.

In addition, permanent employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • Parental and Adoption Leave - SNP staff receive 6 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave as per E.B.A.
  • Staff Services Committee - provides functions and events for staff, fully funded by the Practice
  • Employee Assistance Program - a free, confidential and voluntary counselling service provided as a resource to employees of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, as well as immediate family, with the aim of assisting with the resolution of personal and work related problems which may affect quality of life or work performance
  • Private Health Insurance - staff have access to discounted private health insurance through MBF, HCF and Medibank Private
  • Pathology Services - staff and their immediate family (their children, partners and their parents) have access to bulk billed Pathology Services
  • X-Ray Services - staff and their immediate family (their children, partners and their parents) have access to bulk billed X-Ray and other diagnostic imaging through Queensland X-Ray
  • Smoke Free Workplace - for those staff wanting to use nicotine replacement therapy in quitting, management provides a level of financial assistance towards the cost of nicotine replacement patches.

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