Scientific Assistant

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Work type: Permanent
Location: South Brisbane
Categories: Laboratory

About the role

Mater Pathology currently has multiple opportunities for Scientific Assistants to work within the Mater Pathology team. These roles will be full-time / part time and fixed term  positions.

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: $27.38 - $29.66 (Operational Officer Level 2) per hour plus superannuation and salary packaging

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.
  • Experience in a pathology laboratory in a role involving specimen handling and preparation
  • 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.



  • No formal qualifications are required. 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

Why join us?

Joining a 10,000+ strong workforce, you will have the opportunity to work for an Australian leader in the field of Health, Education, Research and Foundation, and work with a team who make a real difference to the lives of our patients, consumers and community. You will be a part of a workplace that offers compassionate care in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy.

  • Via salary packaging arrangements allocate some living expenses directly from your pre-taxable income and ultimately increasing take-home pay
  • Access to package meal and entertainment expenses
  • Access to leading education via Mater Education
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program and on-site pastoral care teams
  • Discounts to local and national business and venues for Dining/Retail/Travel & Accommodation and Other
  • Access to on-site, discounted parking
  • Discounted food and beverage at various campus cafés and coffee venues

Applications closes Thursday 08th December 2022

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

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click "APPLY." Please note we CANNOT accept any emailed applications so please ensure you submit your details via the "APPLY" button.

It is now a mandatory requirement of employment at the Mater that you are and remain fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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