Microbiologist

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.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit vifm.org/about-us/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
Department: Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Work Type: Ongoing - part time
Job Function: Science
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/FM1947NOV22
Closing Date: 08-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $72,751 - $88,336
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Microbiologist - FM1947.pdf (PDF, 283KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Tyra Rees on 03 9684 4429
Tyra.Rees@vifm.org

Position Details

 

  • An exciting opportunity to join the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
  • Ongoing, part-time opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 3: $72,751 - $88,336 plus superannuation

About us

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) is an independent statutory authority governed by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985 (the VIFM Act). It is part of the Justice portfolio of the Victorian Government.

The work of the VIFM can be described as a cycle of three parts:

  • Providing forensic medical and scientific services and tissue banking
  • Learning from this work
  • Researching and teaching.

About the role

The Microbiology Laboratory is responsible for the microbiology testing on all donor samples, as well as providing microbiology testing services to the Pathology department of the VIFM.

Microbiology staff are required to be fully conversant with the requirements set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration guidelines, the Australian Code of Good Manufacturing Practice for human blood and blood components, human tissues and human cellular therapy products 2013, and NATA Medical Testing requirements.

In this role, your duties will 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 participation in Quality Assurance programs.
  • Correlating, validating and interpreting results as well as reporting and issuing these results after they have been analysed.
  • Demonstrating individual professional development and compliance with the current Code of Good Manufacturing Practice.
  • Maintaining up to date and accurate documentation and records.
  • Ensuring the policies and technical procedures used in the Microbiology Laboratory meet minimum requirements set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration guidelines and the Australian Code of Good Manufacturing Practice for human blood and blood components, human tissues and human cellular therapy products 2013 for tissue for transplant, or NATA Medical Testing for autopsy samples; this includes meeting relevant ISO certification standards and compliance with relevant occupational health and safety regulations.
  • Undertaking special projects and research activities at the Institute under the supervision of the Senior Microbiologist.
  • Undertaking the maintenance, calibration and validation of equipment and stock as well as undertaking quality control of reagents and test procedures.

About you

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Clinical Microbiology laboratory experience in an industry following NATA and the Code of Good Laboratory Practice or similar.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and experience in using word processing equipment and packages, including the suite of MS software.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Microbiology.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

FOR INTERNAL VPS EMPLOYEES:

  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.


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