Tissue Bank Technician

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is Australia’s most comprehensive forensic medical facility. We serve the Victorian community and the whole of the Victorian justice system, especially the courts.

We provide the justice system with evidence to underpin safe convictions and appropriate acquittals. Our doctors help investigate deaths reported to the Coroner, examine alleged offenders and assess, treat and support victims of crime.

The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria supports patients and their families by providing safe tissues for transplantation and medical research.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

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For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to hearing from you.
Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/FM1770JAN
Closing Date: 03-Feb-2019
Salary Range: $67,866 - $82,404
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - FM1770 - Tissue Bank Technician G3.1 - full-time - Jan 2019.docx (Word, 80KB)

Contact: Ben Stewart on (03) 9684 4427

Position Details

  • Do you have an interest in organ and tissue donation and making a difference?
  • Do you have lab experience and understanding of Good Manufacturing Practice and OH&S?
  • Do you have excellent organisational, teamwork and service delivery skills?

Position Details

The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria (DTBV) provides a central facility for the acquisition, processing, storage, and distribution of tissue (e.g. bone, skin, tendons, and heart valves) for transplantation to patients across Australia. This tissue is sourced mainly from deceased donors, and bone is sourced from patients undergoing hip replacement surgery.

The Tissue Bank Technician supports the DTBV by providing technical services to the operations team in the form of tissue retrieval and processing, dispatch of tissue to hospitals throughout Australia and maintenance of equipment and the cleanroom facility.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting retrieval of cardiac tissue, and processing and storage of all donor tissue (cardiac, musculoskeletal and skin) in preparation for transplantation.
  • Ensuring availability of equipment and consumables, conducting cleaning, maintenance and monitoring of DTBV processing areas, and other processes such as sterilising, checking availability of equipment, setting up of specimens, and preparing tissue for irradiation.
  • Receiving and processing orders for tissue to hospitals, including receiving tissue from hospitals as part of the Living Donor Bone Program.
  • Arranging for packaging and delivery of donor tissue to surgeons around Victoria, other states and at times overseas within critical timelines.
  • Preparing documentation for inventory, release of tissue and statistical data.

To be successful in this role, you will require:

  • VCE (or equivalent) qualification including science is essential.
  • Experience working within an accredited lab or similar relevant experience, with understanding of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and OH&S, or similar procedures and protocols, and an understanding of the role of the DTBV.
  • Proven ability to adhere to set guidelines and work instructions in the workplace.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team to achieve outputs and agreed deliverables.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to multi-task and handle multiple demands and a variable and changing workload.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce accurate work, with attention to detail.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Current Australian Driver's Licence.

On call / Weekend requirements

  • You must be available to work on-call approximately 1 weekend in 3 or 4 and one weekday evening per week (compensated with flexible time leave and/or additional remuneration)

If you have the experience to be part of this dedicated team committed to making a difference to the lives of Victorians, this may be the role for you.

Candidate Information

  • Candidates should be aware that due to the nature of the work that VIFM and DTBV undertake, staff will be exposed to equipment, content and concepts of a graphical nature, such as forensic material, descriptions and images, medical reports, and mortuary/laboratory environments.
  • Further information about DTBV's and VIFM's work can be found at www.dtbv.org.au and www.vifm.org
  • Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Australia (ie. Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or hold a valid work permit or visa) to apply for this position.

Application process

Applications should include:

  • your resume
  • a cover letter detailing why you are the best person for this position and why you are interested in working at DTBV (ie. how your skills and experience address the requirements for this position - refer to position description).

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Sunday 3 February 2019.  

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