Laboratory Manager

Job No: BI37
Location: Melbourne


This position is responsible for coordinating the set-up and management of laboratory resources across the institute. The incumbent will interact closely with Laboratory Heads and Head of Facilities as well as a range of external stakeholders including regulators, service providers and suppliers and representatives of government departments.



Your responsibilities will include:

  • In consultation with the Centre Head/Deputy Head and laboratory heads implement and manage the strategic direction of the Institute’s laboratory operations
  • Maintain knowledge of laboratory workflows, activities, technologies and related regulatory requirements and standards, including institute policies and procedures
  • Prioritise and coordinate the services and support to laboratories in consultation with laboratory heads and other staff as appropriate
  • Maintain laboratory facilities and equipment to PC2 and PC3 requirements
  • Manage Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) and import permits ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Assist with OGTR and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) submissions
  • Ensure that appropriate training is provided to staff and students in relation to laboratory practices and health and safety
  • Ensure laboratories are compliant with institute and regulatory health and safety procedures in consultation with Occupational Health and Safety Manager
  • Coordinate equipment acquisition in consultation with Centre Head/Deputy Head, Equipment Committee and others as required
  • Monitor and provide reports as required on expenditure on consumable items, equipment and services



You will have:

  • A tertiary qualification in science or related discipline
  • Honours degree
  • Significant experience managing a laboratory within a research or university environment
  • Detailed understanding of laboratory management issues and processes with excellent record keeping skills
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks and projects within time frames
  • Strong knowledge of OGTR regulatory requirements for PC2 lab
  • Advanced interpersonal skills with the ability to manage conflicting interests and relationships within the Centre
  • High level computer skills, particularly MS Office software, databases and spreadsheets
  • Good knowledge of workplace health and safety legislation and practice

Postgraduate qualifications in science and working knowledge of OGTR requirements for PC3 lab is desirable.

Benefit from ongoing support, a monthly accrued day off and attractive salary packaging working for this leading not-for-profit organisation.  Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience. 



To apply for this position, please complete the details below and attach the following documents:

  • Detailed resume including the names and contact information of 3 referees
  • Written statement addressing the selection criteria as outlined in the attached position description

Applications close at 11:30pm on 10 April 2016. 


Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant may be required to apply for a Working with Children Check and/or criminal record check from the Australian Federal Police.

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