Position Details
Reference Number 34792
Position Title Medical Scientist Microbiology
Internal Only This position is open to employees of Royal Childrens Hospital only
Employment Type Fixed Term
Location 50 Flemington Road
Position Summary

Medical Scientist-Microbiology


  • Part-Time, Fixed Term roles available - x2 0.5FTE each
  • Hub of medical precinct & leading Children’s Hospital 
  • Fabulous employee benefits including salary packaging and onsite carpark

The Hospital:

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Melbourne is one of the world's great children's hospitals. We are the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and our care extends to children from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas. With a passionate, highly skilled and committed staff campus wide of over 4500, we provide a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people. The Royal Children’s Hospital is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Click here for further information on our Commitment to Child Safety: http://www.rch.org.au/quality/child-safety/


The Role:

We currently have 2 fixed term positions to long service leave and maternity leave to join our Microbiology team:

-          One part time position (0.5 FTE) from 21/09/19 to 05/04/2020 available for Grade 1 scientist

-          One part time position (0.5 FTE) from 21/09/19 to 12/01/2020 available for Grade 1 scientist.


We will consider combining the positions to a full time position for the dates range 23/09/29 to 12/01/2020.

These positions are being advertised in two separate recruitment processes so applicants interested in combining them into a full time position should apply for both indicating interest in a full time role.


The Bacteriology laboratory operates 0830 – 2400 seven days a week, providing a diagnostic laboratory services to both The Royal Children’s Hospital and The Royal Women’s Hospital. The part time positions is for working a five day fortnight including one weekend day as rostered. If the roles are combined into a full time role then full time position is for working a nine day (8.45 hrs/day) per fortnight.


Once competency training is complete the positions also require participation in all rosters including weekdays, weekends & public holidays. Occasional rostering on the evening is also required.  The successful applicants will be responsible for participation in a range of laboratory tasks under the direction and supervision of senior laboratory staff in the Bacteriology Laboratory.


Key duties of the role will include:

  • Participate in laboratory work rosters including day & evening shifts on weekends and on-call on weekdays, weekends & public holidays.
  • Perform diagnostic laboratory tests, including validation and reporting
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment as directed.
  • Adhere to standard operating techniques and procedures documented in laboratory manuals as required by the Quality System Standard ISO/IEC 15189.
  • Participate in departmental continuing education program/s.
  • Assisting other members of the team as needed and encourage teamwork.
  • Assist with internal and external Quality Assurance Programs as directed by senior staff.
  • Implement initiatives in consultation with the Principal Scientist/ Senior Scientists to provide continuous improvements for the laboratory.
  • Participate in research and development projects under the supervision of senior staff as required.

To be considered for the role it is essential that you have:

  •  A Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) or Bachelor of Science or “equivalent”, where equivalent includes a degree awarded by an overseas tertiary institution which is recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition is mandatory.
  • An undergraduate or post graduate academic qualification acceptable for membership with; Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), or, the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists or the Australian Society for Microbiology.  

Also desirable:

  • A major in Microbiology &/or Molecular Microbiology
  • Previous experience or employment in a clinical microbiology pathology laboratory is advantageous.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience within a paediatric and or obstetrics/gynaecology diagnostic laboratory is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of ISO15189 and its application to diagnostic pathology laboratory and medical testing is advantageous.

If you think you possess the right skills and experience we encourage you to apply on our website now!


Other information and how to apply:

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory police check and Working with Children Check.


Why work at the RCH?


That's what you can do for us, this is what we can offer you!


The opportunity to work in world-class facilities, alongside some of the greatest medical minds in the country.


We have 13 food and beverage options on site, a 24 hour gym, hairdresser, massage and supermarkets. We are surrounded by beautiful gardens and only a short tram trip from the heart of Melbourne city.


We offer discounted staff parking, salary packaging, an award winning health and well-being program and a fantastic team culture. We offer continuous learning and career development and let’s not forget about the Meerkat enclosure!


The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.


Make a change for the good. Come and work at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Selection Criteria Essential: Do you have a BSc pe BAppSc(MLS) or equivalent?
Essential: Do you have an appropriate qualification to fulfill the definition of a "scientist working in a pathology laboratory" as defined in section 11. (w)(vi)1.) of the Victorian Public Health Sector Medical Scientist Enterprise Agreement 217-2021?
Desirable: A major in Microbiology &/or Molecular Microbiology?
Desirable: Previous experience of employment in a clinical microbiology laboratory?
Desirable: Demonstrated knowledge of or experience within a paediatric and or obstetrics/gynaecology diagnostic laboratory
Desirable: Knowledge of ISO15189 and its application to diagnostic pathology laboratory and medical testing?
Contact Person Vernon Kelly
Contact Number 93455727
Alternate Contact Person Gena Gonis
Alternate Contact Number 93456341
Closing Date 22/10/2019
Position Description Grade 1 Medical Scientist - Microbiology 0.5FTE PD 2019.pdf