Senior Scientist – Research and Development – St Vincent’s Institute

Date Posted: 8 July 2022
Closing Date: 22 July 2022

Organisational Context

The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) operates as a division of St Vincent’s Institute whose mission is to improve the health of the community by prevention, detection, or better treatment of common diseases. NRL was established as part of the Australian Government’s HIV and AIDS strategy. Contracted by the Dept Health and licensed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), NRL undertakes scientific activities that support the accurate diagnosis and management of human communicable diseases, including HIV, COVID-19, HCV and HTLV. NRL provides unique and specialised services, including pre- and post-market evaluations of serology test kits, quality assurance programmes, specialised testing services, consultation, education and training for laboratories in Australia and worldwide.

The role

NRL is currently seeking a full time Senior Scientist to apply specialist technical and scientific knowledge and competence in the research and development of new products and tests for infectious disease diagnosis and quality assurance programs undertaken by NRL laboratories. The incumbent will be responsible for conceptualizing and demonstrating the feasibility of new products, planning internal and external design and development activities, participation in funding submissions, and execution of regulatory submissions and licensing agreements. The role may also involve the supervision and training of Grade 1 and 2 Scientists, postgraduate students, and providing professional expert advice outside the laboratory on appropriate scientific matters.

Selection criteria

You will hold tertiary qualifications in medical science, with a high level of expertise in the analysis and interpretation of scientific data. The successful incumbent will have considerable experience leading risk-based IVD design and development projects within a regulated setting and you will have a broad understanding of serology and molecular testing for infectious diseases in the pathology setting. This position is suitable for an organized individual with advanced analytical and problem-solving skills who prides themselves on a high level of accuracy in their work.

To be considered you shall be required to provide evidence you have permanent working rights in Australia or hold a relevant working visa to work full-time hours, as well as being fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Salary: commensurate with qualifications and experience, ranging from $98,695 to $104,763 per annum, plus:

  • $15,900 FBT exempt salary packaging and
  • 10% superannuation.

Position Descriptions:

Further information:  Nick Vandegraaff– or

Applications via Seek – Please click on the apply now button, to be addressed to Nick Vandegraaff and must include:

  • Current CV: and
  • Cover letter addressing the selection criteria 

Closing Date: COB Friday, 22 July 2022


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