Flow Cytometerist


We have an exciting opportunity for a team player to join the Alfred Medical Research Education Precinct (AMREP) Flow Cytometry Core Facility. As AMREP Flow Cytometrist you will have shared responsibilities for the technical functions and operations of the flow cytometry facility. You will provide training and education for users, guidance with analysis of samples and data, help with sorting a variety of cell types, interact with a wide range of research groups and meet their needs in accordance with established policies, procedures and regulations.



Your responsibilities will include:

  • Perform routine and moderate to complex sort setup analyses (FACS) according to procedures established in consultation with users including evaluation of new procedures or methods under supervision of department supervisor or group leader
  • Assist in training and orientation of staff as required
  • Perform routine cleaning, upkeep and minor trouble shooting of flow cytometry based instrumentation as well as quality control of instrument function. Prepare solutions and reagents, maintain laboratory records and perform general laboratory maintenance
  • Perform and adhere to all aspects of flow facility  procedures and protocols following safety guidelines and safety manuals
  • Provide guidance to laboratory staff in identifying, analysing and solving problems concerning individual samples, tests performed and equipment malfunctions
  • Report problems concerning individual cases, tests, equipment and supplies to laboratory supervisor or senior flow cytometrist scientist to ensure timely resolution
  • Participate in the development and optimization of novel protocols and techniques in flow cytometry to enhance and increase the quality of service offered



You will have:

  • Bachelor of Science degree (BSc.), Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) or equivalent tertiary qualification
  • Ability to work in a variety of scientific areas
  • Skilled use of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and internet software is expected. Skill with scientific software for data analysis and handling is an advantage
  • Strong and proactive work ethic, and demonstrate a willingness to learn
  • A high degree of interest in the fields of flow cytometry, immunology, virology and cell biology
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented and able to prioritise multiple tasks
  • Sound judgement and strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of Haematology, Virology and/or Cell Biology as relevant to flow cytometry (highly preferable)
  • Previous experience with polychromatic flow cytometry data analysis, interpretation and presentations, which include multicolour panel design (highly preferable)
  • Previous flow cytometer operation, understanding of flow cytometric basic principles, theory and practical applications (highly preferable)
  • Research laboratory experience, particularly for PC2 and PC3  certified labs (highly preferable)
  • Knowledge of Flow Cytometric data analysis software, CellQuest, FlowJo, WEASEL, FlowLogic, WinList, WinMDI, DIVA, FlowLogic or equivalent is beneficial

The incumbent will receive full and comprehensive training, however they should continue to develop their theoretical and practical expertise in flow cytometry techniques in the framework of the core facility team.

Benefit from ongoing support, flexible working arrangements, a monthly accrued day off and attractive salary packaging working for this leading not for profit organisation.  Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

See attached position description and link with full details including how to apply.

Burnet Institute
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Closing Date: 
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 17:00

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