First listed on: 21 July 2022

 Team Leader - Serology


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The Opportunity

  • Line-manage diagnostic scientists and provide quality assured laboratory diagnostic services
  • Be an integral member of the research group responding to high-impact and emerging animal diseases
  • Lead a motivated, multi-disciplinary team at the ACDP and help maintain the health of all Australians

The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) is offering a unique opportunity for an experienced and skilled scientist to lead our Serology team. 

As part of the Diagnostics and Avian Infectious Disease Research (DAIDR) group, you will lead the Serology team, providing technical management for NATA accredited tests, as well as having people and project management responsibilities.  In this key role, you will work in a microbiologically secure (PC-3) laboratory and have a particular focus on testing for exotic and infectious animal diseases of veterinary significance, disease surveillance serology and testing of other relevant biological samples.

The appointee must be able to meet ACDP’s Microbiological Security and Security Clearance requirements.

In this role you will:

  • Provide leadership necessary to ensure accurate and informed diagnostic reporting, production of serological reagents and reference materials, and effective Team operations.
  • Ensure transition of new diagnostic tests from research to routine use.
  • Develop and maintain a network of professional contacts, and collaborate with other ACDP scientists to publish results of investigations and service activities.
  • Working with line management to develop teamwork planning objectives.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of laboratory practices and standards to meet the QA/QC requirements for testing and reporting outputs under NATA/ISO17025 and BSI/ISO9001 accreditation standards.
  • Provide expertise and meet responsibilities of quality systems Technical Manager for Serology.
  • Maintain current knowledge on the major transboundary and emergency animal diseases of international or zoonotic concern.
  • Abide by and promote ACDP Biorisk Management regulations.

Location:  Geelong – Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), VIC
Salary:  AU$117k to AU$138k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years – Full-time
Reference: 86176

To be considered you will need:

  • A degree in an applicable field of science with a PhD or equivalent experience in virology, immunology or a related field. 
  • High level scientific knowledge and competence, with a record of achievement in veterinary and/or medical infectious disease serology for diagnostic or research purposes.
  • Theoretical and practical expertise in the development, validation, application and reporting of a broad range of antibody detection serology assays.
  • Experience in the management of a laboratory Quality Assurance system, accredited by NATA or equivalent organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, negotiation and representational skills.
  • Managerial leadership skills, including an ability to supervise staff and students, work collaboratively and maintain professional relationships.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details


  • Applications are open to Australian Citizens only.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Wednesday 17 August, 2022 (11pm AEST)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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