Position Details
Reference Number 33387
Position Title Sleep Scientist
Employment Type Ongoing
Location 50 Flemington Road
Position Summary

Sleep Scientist - Grade 2


  • Part-time ongoing role, 0.76 EFT 
  • Parkville – Hub of the medical precinct and leading Children’s hospital
  • Attractive employee benefits


The Hospital:

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) provides secondary and tertiary care to children and young people across the northern and western suburbs; specialist paediatric healthcare to the children of Victoria, Tasmania, southern NSW and parts of South Australia; and is the designated state-wide provider of services including paediatric trauma, rehabilitation and forensic medicine. As a quaternary centre for complex cardiac surgery and organ transplantation, the RCH cares for the sickest children from around Australia.


With a passionate, highly skilled and committed staff campus wide of over 6000, 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/


Further information about RCH is available at www.rch.org.au


The Role

Working overnight shifts – 9.5 hours (9:30pm to 7:30am) Mondays and Tuesdays plus 10 hours (9:30pm-7:30am) Thursdays, this role is to facilitate two sleep studies per night for three night per week. The studies take place in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit (NICU), Sugar Glider and Bilby Wards. The sleep studies are complex either because the patients are on ventilation (CPAP, Bilevel) or have complex airways (Tracheostomy) or have behavioural issues.


Given the complexity of the service, it is expected that the applicants have both significant paediatric sleep experience and significant ventilation experience (CPAP and Bilevel particularly).  All aspects of the patient’s sleep study set-up and overnight management will be undertaken, as well as the expectation that the successful candidate will actively participate in protocol and procedure development and maintenance. Shifts will be on a two week rotating roster.


Key duties of the role will include

  • Provide technical management to two children in Bilby for Sleep Studies on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday nights
  • Provide technical back-up for the junior sleep staff when on shift
  • Maintaining accurate position of electrodes and sensors to ensure adequate sleep and respiratory data are recorded
  • Making appropriate changes to ventilation or supplemental oxygen as per the established procedures and protocols
  • Remove and clean all electrodes and sensors in the morning and ensure appropriate equipment cleaning/infection control adherence
  • Stage the sleep of the Neonates having the sleep studies during acquisition
  • Ensure all data is adequately obtained overnight and transferred to appropriate storage location
  • General administrative housekeeping, including maintenance of filing systems and general departmental filing
  • Participate in and successfully complete training provided by the hospital as directed by senior staff
  • Participate in the analysis, interpretation and reporting of sleep studies. The post holder will be expected to follow agreed laboratory protocols and to produce and to analyse respiratory sleep studies, and written technical sleep study report.


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


  • Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science or equivalent, where equivalent includes a degree awarded by an overseas tertiary intuitions which is recognised by the national office of overseas skills is mandatory. 
  • Significant experience working in a paediatric sleep unit and
  • Significant ventilation experience working with CPAP and Bilevel ventilation


•              Minimum 3 years’ experience within paediatric or youth health services desired 


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.

Contact Person Adams Anne-Marie
Contact Number 93454685
Alternate Contact Person Dr Mandie Griffiths
Alternate Contact Number 93455818
Closing Date 19/06/2019
Position Description Overnight Sleep Scientists - Grade 2 PD_Jun19.pdf