Histology Technical Officer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 15 Oct 2023 11:55 PM ; 15 Oct 2023

Job no: 0057496
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Part-time; Fixed-term for 6 months
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: School of Biomedical Sciences
UOM 5 – $79,961 – $91,844 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Provide professional histological services, emphasising quality and efficiency, including tissue processing, embedding, sectioning, staining, and support for researcher training
  • Opportunity to work with diverse researchers and contribute to cutting-edge research in histology services
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role
The Histology Technical Officer position offers an exciting opportunity to provide professional histology services to a broad spectrum of researchers, including those in academia, institutes, and industry. The role will involve performing high-quality histological techniques, supporting lab operations, and providing training to researchers. This role is at the forefront of cutting-edge research in histology services.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Provide comprehensive histological services to researchers, covering tissue processing, sectioning, staining, and more
  • Offer guidance and training to research students and staff on histological techniques
  • Manage day-to-day lab operations and stay updated on relevant methodologies
  • Contribute to the implementation of new techniques and continuous improvement initiatives

Who We Are Looking For
We are seeking an individual that will have strong communication, organisational, and time management skills, with keen attention to detail and a commitment to quality. They should be self-motivated, flexible, and able to work both independently and as part of a team in a laboratory environment.

You will also have:

  • A tertiary qualification in laboratory medicine or in a relevant biological or biomedical field (e.g., anatomy, neuroscience, pathology, zoology)
  • Demonstrated experience in embedding biological tissues in paraffin wax and/or freezing medium and agar for microtomy
  • Demonstrated experience in using microtomy to produce high quality sections of a variety of biological tissues (e.g., brain, liver, intestine, gonads)
  • Demonstrated experience in performing routine staining (haematoxylin and eosin) and special staining (e.g., Masson trichrome, AB/PAS) in either a diagnostic or research setting

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – The Melbourne Histology Platform
Located within the School of Biomedical Sciences, the Melbourne Histology Platform assists researchers to prepare animal, human, and plant tissue samples to investigate microanatomy using optical microscopy for analysis of basic biological processes and disease processes. We provide researchers with: biological tissue preparation, processing, embedding, and sectioning services; staining of biological tissues (including special stains and immunostaining); a consulting service for experimental design; access to sample sectioning and staining facilities for self-use; and training in histological techniques. 

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits  page!

About the University of Melbourne
We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website  and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn .   

Be Yourself
The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https://about.unimelb.edu.au/reconciliation/murmuk-djerring

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/selection-criteria

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Anna Gradoboeva via email at Faculties-TA@unimelb.edu.au , ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

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