First listed on: 13 August 2022

Laboratory Diagnostic Technicians (multiple positions) - Virology and Serology Labs


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The Opportunity

  • Multiple 3-year term appointments in ACDP’s Serology and Virology laboratories
  • Work under a quality management framework and help fulfil the capability surge required for emergency animal disease response
  • Help make a difference in the unique environment at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness

As a Laboratory Diagnostic Technician at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), you will work in the Diagnostic laboratory within the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response (DSR) program.  The DSR Program provides diagnostic and research capability to investigate and respond to newly emerging diseases affecting livestock and other animals.  We currently have four positions available – two in the Virology Lab and two in the Serology Lab. Please state your preference in your application.

Using classical virology or serology techniques, you will deliver outputs across a range of quality assured laboratory diagnostic services.  Services include disease surveillance testing, health certification testing for exotic and infectious diseases of veterinary significance, and testing samples for sterility.  The Virology testing primarily involves cell culture-based assays for virus isolation or antigen detection and the Serology testing consists of performing ELISA’s and virus neutralisation assays. You will also undertake general laboratory housekeeping activities and provide assistance to other diagnostic teams within the program, as required. 

The appointee must be able to meet ACDP’s microbiological security and security assessment requirements.  Due to the role requiring work in the biologically secure laboratories at physical containment Level 3, the successful candidate must pass additional security checks, and be appropriately vaccinated.

Your duties will include:

  • Work in a microbiologically secure laboratory supporting and delivering quality assured diagnostic testing services (NATA/ISO 17025).
  • Provide general laboratory support for housekeeping and maintenance activities.
  • Contribute to quality assurance requirements.
  • Assist the Virology or Serology Team Leaders, Technical Managers and Veterinary Investigation Team by providing oral and written advice upon request.
  • Maintain an awareness of team diagnostic testing priorities, with the flexibility to assist team workflow as required.
  • Work independently or collaboratively with colleagues on assigned activities.
  • Independently and proactively test possible solutions to resolve identified problems.

Location: Geelong – Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), VIC
Salary:  AU$66k - AU$84k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified terms ending 30 June, 2025
Reference:  87521

To be considered you will need:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Biological Sciences or a related discipline.
  • Experience conducting and coordinating laboratory?based experiments or tests including planning and scheduling laboratory work-flow.
  • The ability to address underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems.
  • Experience working both independently and co-operatively as a member of a larger project team. 
  • A proven ability to maintain effective relationships with a range of collaborators.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

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.

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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 24 August, 2022 (11pm AEST)

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

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