Specialist Flow Cytometry Medical Laboratory Scientist
Wellington, New Zealand
March 31, 2022
Wellington SCL is an IANZ accredited, modern diagnostic laboratory which provides high quality pathology services to the community, health care professionals and their patients. Wellington SCL is owned by APHG, a healthcare company committed to providing facilities and services that deliver exceptional care to its clients, servicing a population of around 550,000. The laboratory is based at Wellington Hospital campus in Newtown Wellington. Please click the link to take a virtual tour of our Wellington laboratory here.
About the Role
We are seeking a full time Registered Medical Scientist to join the Flow Cytometry section. This position is 40 hours per week Monday - Friday, however after a period of training you will be expected to participate in the on-call roster in evenings and weekends.
The flow cytometry section provides a comprehensive quality flow cytometry service for malignancy diagnosis and disease monitoring to the greater Wellington region. The majority of our work involves leukaemia and lymphoma diagnosis in partnership with our Haematologists, Immunopathologists and Anatomical Pathologists, averaging 120 complex cases a month. In addition, we provide CD34 analysis support to the Wellington Regional Blood and Cancer Stem Cell Transplant service. We are also developing immunological assays to assist in the diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency.
Samples processed include peripheral blood, bone marrow, CSF, FNAs, tissues and other body fluids. The role is supported by both haematologists and immunopathologists who are experts in flow cytometry.
The flow cytometry laboratory is equipped with a Beckman Coulter Navios EX flow cytometer utilising Kaluza software for analysis. Most immunophenotyping panels use state-of-the art 10-colour multiparameter flow cytometry with dry-tube technology.
We are looking for a highly motivated individual who has the ability to reach a senior technical, analytical and reporting level and be capable of developing new assays with advanced training if required.
The successful candidate will be encouraged to consolidate and further develop existing skills and knowledge. There is also the opportunity to make a difference to patient care through your contribution to the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.
To succeed in this role you will need:
To be a Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand registered Scientist or a transferable qualification that allows applicant to gain full NZ registration.
A current Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) or able to attain APC.
Demonstrated competency and in-depth knowledge of flow cytometry. Demonstrated skills in sample preparation, instrument maintenance and optimisation, quality control, compensation, gating strategies, trouble shooting and reporting.
A strong Haematology background with a particular focus on Haematology malignancy and morphology.
Be able to work in a methodical manner adhering to strict quality procedural guidelines.
Solid analytic and problem-solving skills.
Meticulous attention to detail with good record-keeping skills.
A sound knowledge of laboratory operations including; safety, operation of equipment and the ability to follow procedures and instructions.
Must be prepared to share knowledge and participate in regular departmental education sessions.
Have a team focus with initiative, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and possess the ability to work in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.
Must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19
If you are passionate about your work, dedicated to quality and want to be part of a friendly supportive team committed to providing quality pathology services to the greater Wellington region,