Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist – Statewide Genomics

Hospital Scientist (Scientific Officer)
REQ127639 Requisition #
Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Senior Scientific Officer
Remuneration: $100,161.98 - $132,511.13
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ127639


The NSW Health Pathology (NSWHP) Genomics State-Wide Exome/Genome Service is the latest genomics service to be implemented for the people of NSW. We are currently looking for a suitably qualified individual to join our dynamic team of scientific and health professionals. The Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist - Statewide Genomics will be responsible for leading the Exome/Genome Service located at Prince of Wales Randwick and potentially at the John Hunter Hospital Campus - Newcastle.

Where you'll be working

The NSWHP Exome/Genome Service will provide DNA sequencing via Massively Parallel Sequencing for NSWHP genomic laboratories for clinical diagnostics and research referrals, in areas such as Paediatrics, Cancer, Rare disease and Pathogen Genomics. This state-wide service will most likely be delivered across two sites, one located in Sydney at Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick and a second at the John Hunter Hospital Campus - Newcastle.

What you'll be doing
Responsible for managing the operational activities across both sites of the Exome/Genome Service, ensuring service delivery outcomes are met in accordance with key performance indicators and client expectations.
The position will also provide key input into the development, accreditation and implementation of this service.  Upon implementation, the position will provide scientific leadership in relation to analysis, research, method development and advice to clients, whilst managing the allocation and expenditure of resources within a NATA accredited Unit.
  1. Bachelor Degree or higher degree in Science/Biomedical Science or an equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution. A Fellowship in Medical Genomics or equivalent qualification would be desirable.
  2. Extensive experience working in a Genomics/Genetics, preferably diagnostic laboratory including experience in Massively Parallel Sequencing, data analysis and curation.
  3. Customer focused approach displaying well-developed interpersonal skills and good oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with customers, clinical and laboratory staff, along with negotiation skills, report writing skills, statistical evaluation of scientific data and the ability to effectively communicate policies and procedures.
  4. Proven leadership and management skills and experience including operational management, budget management, staff management (staff training and competency assessment) and resource management.
  5. Advanced knowledge of Pathology Laboratory Information Management Systems including Quality Management Systems and bioinformatics software relevant to Genomics
  6. Demonstrated understanding and sound knowledge of accreditation frameworks, relevant standards and quality systems relevant to a clinical Genomics laboratory.
  7. Demonstrated ability to intiate and contribute to change processes that improve operational service delivery, including reviewing workplace systems, structures and external impacts.
  8. Willingness to participate in a 24/7 roster and/or on-call if and as required.


This is a Category A position. All Category A applicants must read and understand Policy Directive PD2018_009 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.

This position is a permanent position. To be eligible for permanent appointment to a position in NSW Health, you must have an Australian citizenship or permanent Australian residency. Please note: A person who is not an Australian citizen or a permanent resident is only eligible for temporary employment for a period not longer than the duration of their current visa.

Applicants may be required to undergo a functional assessment prior to appointment.


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Applications Close: 23 September 2019                

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