First listed on: 18 June 2017

Technical Officer Microbiology Grade 1/2

Position Ref Number: 399272 
Employment Type: Permanent Full Time 
Salary Rate: 
Salary from: 53295.00 
Salary to: 78127.00 
Location:Royal North Shore 

Position Summary

Microbiology, Royal North Shore Hospital St Leonards, is currently seeking an experienced Technical Officer for a permanent full time position in the bacteriology section of the laboratory.

This is a Category A position. All Category A applicants must read and understand Policy Directive PD2011_005 Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against specified diseases. All new recruits must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy. New recruits must provide evidence against specified diseases and comply with the requirements of this policy at their own cost prior to appointment.

An eligibility list will be created for future permanent full time / part time, temporary and casual vacancies.

To be eligible for permanent appointment to a position in NSW Health, you must have an Australian citizenship or permanent Australian residency.

The Department of Microbiology, Pathology North – Northern Sydney provides a comprehensive diagnostic microbiology service. The Technical Officer Microbiology will perform diagnostic and other technical tests in the bacteriology section of the laboratory, as well as other areas of microbiology if required, such as molecular microbiology, mycobacteriology, mycology, and/or serology, and contribute to the delivery of laboratory objectives.

The Technical Officer Microbiology will be required to:

  • Triage microbiology specimens on arrival to the laboratory; interpret request form and clinical history information to determine correct laboratory tests; apply documented patient identification and specimen accept/reject criteria; register specimens in the Auslab laboratory information system; label, store and distribute samples ready for laboratory testing.
  • Process different types of clinical specimens for microbiology testing, including infectious material; prepare and stain smears for microscopy; select and inoculate culture plates as required for each specimen type; incubate culture plates in appropriate conditions.
  • Perform microscopy on pathology specimens, including cell counts of samples such urine, cerebrospinal fluid and other body fluids; perform examination of wet preparations and stained smears; perform immunofluorescence microscopy; perform microscopic examination for parasites, including definitive identification of ova, cysts and parasites from faeces specimens.
  • Perform culture plate reading of selective and chromogenic media, recognise presumptive pathogens and differentiate these from normal microbial flora, assess significance of organisms with consideration of relevant clinical information, correctly identify presumptive pathogens using conventional and automated methods, including simple biochemical, agglutination, or serological tests, as well as perform identification using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.
  • Perform and interpret results of antimicrobial susceptibility testing by disc diffusion, minimal inhibitory concentration gradient and broth dilution methods, and by automated systems such as vitek 2, following guidelines such as EUCAST and CLSI, recognise common resistance mechanisms, and perform confirmation or supplementary tests as required.
  • Perform enzyme immunoassay, immunochromatographic, antigen and molecular tests for detection of microbiology pathogens.
  • Interpret, report and validate results using laboratory information systems, and assess when results require further action or notification; perform urgent notification of laboratory results to clinicians, infection control, and/or Public Health as required
  • Respond to telephone enquiries, give results, and assess when enquiries should be referred to more senior scientific or medical staff.
  • Apply technical knowledge to work safely and methodically, with high attention to detail.
  • Contribute to laboratory quality systems such as NATA accreditation to ISO Standard 15189, compliance with NPAAC and TGA IVD requirements, including inventory management, laboratory records and documentation.
  • Perform equipment calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Perform quality control procedures including acceptance testing of kits and reagents, perform routine monitoring of test results, quality assessment of microbiological culture media and of antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
  • Participate in RCPA and other quality assurance programs, and ongoing review of laboratory performance against key indicators.
  • Participate in the selection, evaluation, verification and validation of new laboratory equipment or testing methods.
  • Other duties as directed by the department manager and senior hospital scientists.
  • Participate as a shift-worker in on-call and a rotating 7-day roster, as required for provision of a 24/7 microbiology service.

Essential requirements of this position include:

  • Ability to perform duties on a 24/7 roster as required, including on-call.
  • Hold a current unencumbered NSW Driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel and work across the network as required.
  • Compliance with National Criminal Record Check (NCRC).
  • Working with Children Check and Vaccination Check as required.

Enquiries: Contact Fariba Moussavirad on 0299264324 
Phone: 0299264324 
Closing Date: 06/07/2017 
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