Technical Specialist-Molecular biology
Waikato District Health Board
Hamilton, Waikato
3d ago

Job Description

  • Technical Specialist-Molecular biology (WAI19033)Technical Specialist-Molecular biology : WAI19033
  • Where you’ll be working : Molecular Biology Laboratory

    The details : Permanent full-time, 80 hours per fortnight (1.0 FTE)

    Our molecular biology laboratory has an exciting vacancy for the section head (medical laboratory scientist at technical specialist level).

    About the role :

    In this role, you will lead and be responsible for current testing and the development of new molecular infectious disease assays.

    The current range of tests include SARS-CoV-2, hepatitis and HIV viral loads, STI testing, respiratory viruses and a variety of other viral and bacterial pathogens.

    The laboratory runs under ISO 15189 and IANZ accreditation. Long term quality control and workflow optimisation are important principles.

    Urgent adaptation and introduction of new methods are a regular challenge.

    You will be working with a friendly team of eight scientists including another technical specialist who is responsible for developing molecular genetic tests.

    Senior medical officers and a motivated management team support technical specialists.

    Our molecular biology laboratory is well equipped with a variety of instruments.

    These include an Abbott Alinity m random access analyser, m2000, Kingfisher, EZ1, MagnaPure, LC480, GeneXpert, Qiastat and Biofire platforms.

    Required skills & experience :

  • Experience in working in diagnostic molecular biology and experience in developing and validating new PCR assays is essential.
  • Experience in training other scientists is advantageous.
  • You need to be a registered medical laboratory scientist with an APC.
  • The role is full time and permanent. Participation in rostered weekends may be required.
  • Hamilton is a great place to live with all sporting and cultural amenities covered. There are many excellent schools, tertiary education and housing choices.

    If small town or rural lifestyle appeals, there are many options within easy daily commute.

    Beaches and mountains are within easy travelling times.

    Why us :

    The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand.

    Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres.

    Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction.

    Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology.

    We provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. We run five hospitals across the district a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

    We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population.

    To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

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