Biorisk Officer

Job posted: 22/07/2022
Applications close: 20/08/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Parkville

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Melbourne Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Research, Medical

Reference: 64621

Reference: 64621

Occupation: Research, Medical

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Parkville

Biorisk Officer Medical Scientists – Grade 3

  • Full Time Fixed Term opportunity (2 years)

  • Be part of a World Class Research Institute contributing to Public Health outcomes

  • Monthly ADOs and Salary Packaging options

The Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) is a leading Australian infectious diseases reference laboratory located in Melbourne, Victoria. VIDRL is now part of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (the Doherty). The Doherty is a joint venture between Melbourne Health and the University of Melbourne. VIDRL provides the Victorian Department of Health with virology and Mycobacteria public health reference laboratory services, including surveillance, outbreak investigations, reference testing and research. VIDRL also performs diagnostic testing, mainly in virology, for Victorian hospitals.

This Medical Scientist position sits within the High Containment Facility (HCF) at the Doherty Institute. The HCF provides a core scientific facility supporting research, diagnostic and public health activities for both VIDRL and the University of Melbourne. The HCF includes the National High Security Quarantine facility (PC4 - NHSQL) which managed by VIDRL as well as the VIDRL PC3 laboratories. The compliance overlay for these facilities is extensive and includes the Australian Standards (AS), Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR), Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Department of Health (DoH), Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA) as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

Your new role:

  • Coordinate Biorisk monitoring, compliance and activities of VIDRL’s HCF and PC2 laboratories.

  • Develop, implement and maintain a Biorisk program to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, standards, policies and procedures.

  • Show leadership and teamwork skills.

  • Manage workgroups and demonstrate initiative as well as have the ability to work in a self-directed manner.

About you:

  • You have a Bachelor of Science or equivalent.

  • You have a sound understanding of Biorisk principles, policies and procedures as well as demonstrated knowledge of the standards and regulations associated with Biorisk and microbiological laboratories.

  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills and are able to work effectively within a team.

  • You demonstrate effective problem solving and lateral thinking skills.

Benefit of working with The Royal Melbourne Hospital:

  • A values based organisation offering great prospects for career diversity and professional advancement, including training and research opportunities, and access to mentorship and leadership programs.

  • Melbourne City location – close to public transport and the CBD, onside car parking options available.

  • Monthly ADOs and Salary Packaging options available.

  • Comprehensive Health & Wellbeing programs including onsite staff gym, Staff Medical Service, Employee Assistance Program, Peer Support Program – run by our dedicated employees.

The RMH stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in work and care. We are proud to be a workplace that champions diversity, inclusion and equality for our staff and our community.  Our goal is for our people to feel safe, included and supported so that they can be at their best every single day. We encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacancies, and will consider adjustments to support such applications.


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All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Record Check. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunisation assessment and COVID-19 Vaccination (three doses) prior to commencement.

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