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Senior Scientific Officer - Forensic Biology/dna


Biotech, R&D, Science
Source: uWorkin


Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Snr Hospital Scientist I/C of Section
Remuneration: $100,161.98 - $106,390.02 per annum plus superannuation
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ207319
Location: Lidcombe
Applications Close: 14 February 2021 - 11.59pm

The Forensic Biology/DNA Unit at FASS is looking for a Senior Scientific Officer to join our dynamic team of scientific professionals providing world-class forensic biology and DNA analysis services for the people of NSW.

About the opportunity
Being part of NSW Health Pathology means you’re helping create better health and justice systems every day.

We operate more than 60 laboratories and around 200 collection centres across NSW and conduct over 60 million tests per annum. Our network of pathologists are supported by scientists, technicians and support staff who quickly and accurately assess samples so clinical teams can make the best possible treatment decisions for patients. Our Forensic & Analytical Science Service provides independent, objective analysis to the NSW criminal and coronial justice systems.

What we can offer you

  • 9 day fortnight in addition to annual leave
  • Generous salary packaging options and other fringe benefits
  • Corporate wellbeing programs, including the Fitness Passport
  • Learning and development opportunities, including in-house training with RTO My Health Learning

What you'll be doing
Apply advanced scientific knowledge and experience in the field of Forensic Biology and DNA Analysis to the provision of expert certificates with varying levels of complexity, ensuring the accurate, quality, timely and customer-focused provision of tests and reports in a NATA accredited Unit.  

Interested in joining Australia’s largest public pathology service? Apply now by addressing the following questions:

  1. A Bachelor Degree or higher degree in Science or Applied Science from a recognised tertiary institution, with a major relevant to the Forensic Biology/DNA Unit
  2. Demonstrated experience or extensive knowledge in methods, instrumentation and emerging technologies relevant to the field of Forensic Biology, gained in an accredited laboratory or relevant environment.
  3. Demonstrated extensive experience in the interpretation and reporting of complex forensic DNA results in an accredited laboratory or relevant environment.
  4. Demonstrated experience in the provision of expert certificates suitable for court, or the ability to meet required competencies to provide expert certificates.
  5. Ability to monitor and prioritise workflow effectively to ensure unit objectives and performance targets are met within specified timeframes while maintaining high quality standards.
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to give lectures/presentations to appropriate parties, provide evidence in courts and build strong stakeholder relationships.
  7. Demonstrated advanced knowledge and understanding of current legislation, policies and requirements that impact the unit and accreditation standards.
  8. Demonstrated capacity to adopt and model the NSWHP RITE values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence.

Need more information?
1) Click here for the Position Description
2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role related queries or questions contact Gavin Henderson on Gavin.Henderson@health.nsw.gov.au

Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases
This is a Category A position. All Category A applicants must read and understand NSW Health Policy Directive PD2020_017 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.

Working Rights
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.

New to NSW Health Pathology?
The preferred candidate may be required to undergo a functional assessment prior to appointment.

Talent Pool
If the selection panel identifies more than one suitable candidate for the role, an eligibility list will be created for future permanent full time / part time, temporary and casual vacancies.

All staff employed by NSW FASS will be required to supply a reference buccal sample so that their DNA profile can be compared to other generated profiles to exclude the possibility of contamination.