Laboratory and Technical Support Scientist, Biomedicine

Location
Townsville, Australia
Posted
25 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2019
Ref
16988
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The Laboratory and Technical Support Scientist, Biomedicine provides technical support to the microbiology and immunology (encompassing bacteriology, mycology, virology, serology and parasitology) components of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Biomedicine academic group of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. The incumbent assists in the maintenance of the Biomedicine teaching laboratories.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Office of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine provides collaborative leadership with the Colleges and ensures that the Colleges are able to deliver the core business of learning and teaching, research and engagement and contribute effectively to the strategic agenda. The Division office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and also services a proportion of College administrative operations.

The Colleges of the Division include:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

As part of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Sciences. Working in a collaborative leadership model with the Office of the Division, the other Colleges and the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences contributes to advancing the strategic agenda and to strengthening partnerships and engagement.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Complete the planning and preparation of practical classes, workshops and related activities for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research; including optimization and trialing of complex practical experiments, for use in the modification and update of practical materials. 
  2. Assist and provide in-depth theoretical and technical knowledge, and technical support in teaching related activities, to support the delivery of content in the field of microbiology and immunology (encompassing clinical bacteriology, mycology, virology, serology and parasitology). This may include marking of assignments, presentations, practical reports and other assessment pieces as required.
  3. Maintain microbiological culture and specimen collections including assisting with the procurement of various patient samples and organism cultures to ensure the viability of the collections and that teaching and research outcomes are achievable. 
  4. Complete various serological and cell culture techniques; including cellular immunology techniques, ELISA development and set-up, storage and revival of cell lines and viral propagation.
  5. Assist with the maintenance and monitoring of the biomedicine research laboratories, and provide technical support to postgraduate students in relation to microbiological techniques and associated theories. Conduct laboratory inductions for all users, staff, postgraduate students and visitors and contribute to the maintenance of the induction register. 
  6. Assist with the maintenance and servicing of laboratory equipment and supply of resources, including obtaining quotes, and purchasing requirements, to ensure that teaching, and research outcomes are achieved. 
  7. Maintain current knowledge of WHS to maintain adherence within the laboratories; sustain standard operating procedures (SOP) and safe work instructions (SWI) and provide instruction and demonstrations as required on the safe use of the laboratories, and equipment contained in them.
  8. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values. 
  10. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives. 

Descriptors

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found within the Enterprise Agreement.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Laboratory and Technical Support Scientist, Biomedicine is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Laboratory and Technical Support Scientist, Biomedicine is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. 
  3. The Laboratory and Technical Support Scientist, Biomedicine is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement that the incumbent be Q fever vaccinated or show immunity.
  • It is a requirement of this position to hold and maintain a current senior first aid qualification.
  • It is a requirement of this position to have a current driver's licence.
  • It is a requirement of this position to occasionally work outside of the ordinary span of hours.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

Essential

  1. Degree qualification in science or biomedical science with a major emphasis on microbiology and immunology, with at least four years subsequent relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and/or training. 
  2. Demonstrated expertise in cellular immunology techniques, ELISA preparation and cell culture techniques; as well as substantial knowledge of clinical microbiology and immunology procedures with a proven ability to culture a diverse range of organisms.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of Workplace Health and Safety legislations and practical application within a laboratory environment. 
  4. Demonstrated experience working in teams and individually to ensure objectives are achieved. 
  5. Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office and other corporate computer applications with proven ability to operate computer controlled scientific instrumentation.
  6. Demonstrated well-developed communication and interpersonal skills to interact with students and staff, commitment to customer service and demonstrated excellent organisational skills with a proven ability to prioritise own workflow ensuring targets are met.

Desirable

  1. Previous experience in a clinical diagnostic or research laboratory.
  2. Experience within a higher education teaching environment.