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Scientific Assistant

Mater Health - South Brisbane, QLD

Biotech, R&D, Science
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Job no: 494003
Work type: Casual
Location: South Brisbane
Categories: Laboratory

About the role

Mater Pathology currently has multiple casual opportunities for Scientific Assistants to work within the Central Specimen Reception team.

With over 100 years of experience, Mater Pathology is Queensland's leading not-for-profit pathology provider, at the forefront of innovation providing a broad spectrum of unique pathology expertise through its highly skilled cohesive team of pathologists and scientific, technical and administration staff.

Salary range: $28.44 - $29.71 (Operational Officer Level 3) per hour plus superannuation

What you’ll be doing

As a Scientific Assistant you will work cooperatively with colleagues within Mater Pathology to process clinical specimens and assist medical and scientific staff in the preparation of specimens for examination. The laboratory areas that you may be rostered in include Central Specimen Reception (CSR), Microbiology, Haematology, Transfusion, Genetics, Cytogenetics, Chemical Pathology, Cellular Molecular Diagnostics (CMD), Anatomical Pathology and the Stat Laboratories.

Your responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

  • Demonstrate meticulously identification of specimens and accurate transfer of data throughout the data entry and handling process including understanding the serious consequences of misidentification.
  • Accurate and timely data entry of all specimens into the Laboratory Information System including accurate patient identification, referrer information, billing and site details.
  • Adherence to departmental quality system procedures, and the occupational health and safety policy in order to uphold laboratory standards and ensure personal and others' health and safety in the workplace.
  • Deliver customer experience of a high standard by ensuring a professional appearance and positive personal interactions.
  • Provide positive customer interactions for test add ons, laboratory information and results notification.
  • Undertake test sendaway tasks to ensure accurate and appropriate packaging of specimens to other referral laboratories.
  • Practices in accordance with best practice, legal, ethical and professional standards.
  • Ensure adequate stock and equipment management processes are in place to meet the needs of customers and avoids waste.
  • Ensure specimens are managed in accordance with storage standards.
  • Manage the movement of samples between CSR and the laboratory as required to ensure spoilage times are not compromised.
  • Undertake administration and general maintenance activities as required for the laboratory location.
  • Assist the Scientific staff with routine tasks as required for the laboratory location.
  • Perform additional tasks at the direction of the relevant supervisor.

About you

To be successful in this role you will require:

  • Sound knowledge of Central Specimen Reception duties.
  • Sound knowledge of aseptic technique.
  • Experience in a pathology laboratory in a role involving specimen handling and preparation
  • A Certificate III or IV in Laboratory or Pathology related skills
  • A sound level of customer experience skills to ensure ongoing customer satisfaction.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work both autonomously and co-operatively in a team; liaise with colleagues and supervisors and exhibit a high level of interpersonal communication skills.
  • A strong work ethic, positive attitude and willingness to role model and promote the Mater values.

We are seeking someone who can work as part of a flexible team on a 24/7 roster after suitable training.



  • A secondary education (senior certificate) or equivalent would be an advantage.

Highly desirable

  • A background in customer service
  • Experience in a pathology laboratory in a role involving specimen handling and preparation
  • A Certificate III or IV in Laboratory or Pathology related skills

Why join us?

In return for your skills, effort and enthusiastic commitment you will have the opportunity to work for an Australian leader in the field of Health, Education and Research and work with a team who make a real difference to the lives of our patients, consumers and community.

In addition to being part of a workplace that offers compassionate care in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, you will have opportunities to increase your take-home pay with our salary packaging options.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 6 June 2021.

  • Please note we will be reviewing and contacting applicants prior to closing date so please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible.

Advertised: 29 May 2021 E. Australia Standard Time
Applications close: 06 Jun 2021 E. Australia Standard Time