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 amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email recruitment@justice.vic.gov.au

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to receiving your application.
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Ongoing - part time
Job Function: Science
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/FM1829D
Closing Date: 03-Jun-2018
Salary Range: $65,713 - $79,790
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: FM1829 Microbiologist - PD.docx (Word, 65KB)

Contact: Tyra Rees on (03) 9684 4444

Position Details

  • Are you a qualified Microbiologist looking for a quality part-time opportunity (3 days per week - Monday, Thursday Friday)?
  • Are you able to work under pressure and maintain a high level of service delivery?
  • Do you have an interest in organ and tissue donation?

The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria (DTBV) provides a core service to the state of Victoria and wider Australia with a central facility for the acquisition, processing, storage, and distribution of tissue for transplantation, including the provision of musculoskeletal tissue, cardiac tissue and skin tissue to hospitals requiring transplant tissue for their patients.

The DTBV also supports a Living Donor Program involving approximately 20 hospitals, which facilitates the donation of bone tissue from patients undergoing total hip replacement operations, and facilitates access to corneas for the local Eye Bank and to human tissue for health related research projects.

A rare opportunity has arisen for a part-time Microbiologist to be to responsible for microbiology testing of donor samples, as well as providing microbiology testing services to VIFM's Forensic Pathology service.

If you have the qualifications and experience to be part of a tight-knit laboratory team and are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, this may be the role for you.

Responsibilities include:

  • Testing tissue and autopsy samples submitted for microbiological testing for infectious agents
  • Sending various tissue, blood and autopsy samples to external laboratories for testing
  • Ensuring quality control in the performance of tests including quality assurance
  • Correlating, validating, interpreting and reporting results
  • Undertaking special projects and research activities under the supervision
  • Undertaking the maintenance, calibration and validation of equipment and stock, and quality control of reagents and test procedures

To be successful in this position, you will have:

  • Bachelor of Science degree with major in Microbiology and professional microbiology experience
  • Proven ability to adhere to set guidelines and work instructions
  • Demonstrated ability to gather and interpret information via observation and research
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan work activities, coordinate a variety of tasks and meet targets whilst managing a variable workload
  • Knowledge and previous experience in an industry following NATA and the Code of Good Laboratory Practice or similar
  • Positive attitude towards the quality and OH&S systems and environments
  • Knowledge and experience in MS Office applications and in-house or other databases
  • Varied experience in a clinical microbiology laboratory would be advantageous.

Candidates should be aware that due to the nature of the work that DTBV & VIFM undertakes, 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 VIFM's work can be found at www.vifm.org

Application process

Prior to commencing your application, please view the position descriptions and the key selection criteria, and then click Apply Now to commence the process.

Applications should include:

  • your resume
  • cover letter
  • a document addressing the key selection criteria listed in the position description (maximum 1-2 paragraphs per KSC)

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday 3 June 2018.

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