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Flow Cytometry Operator

Job no: 0032425

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: School of Biomedical Sciences

Salary: $87,007 - $94,181 (UOM 6)

Role & Superannuation rate: Professional - Part time - 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About The Department of Microbiology & Immunology 

The University of Melbourne Cytometry Platform annually supports the research of over 350 scientists from the University and external clients covering a great range of research disciplines such as immunology and cancer, neuroscience, marine biology, nanoparticles, stem cells and microbiology. Our state-of-the-art facilities house 30 cytometers including traditional and spectral technologies.

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates to join our team as Flow Cytometry Operator to support the Manager of the Melbourne Brain Centre node of the Platform in the day-to-day running of the node: maintaining, troubleshooting and operating cell sorters and analysers, interacting with our researchers to set up multi-colour experiments, assisting in the training and supporting of analyser users and ensuring compliance with PC2 regulations.

The successful candidate will have a strong biomedical research background and experience in setting up multi-colour experiments, interpreting and analysing flow cytometric data. This customer-focused role will have excellent listening and communication skills, attention to detail, a willingness to learn and adapt to new techniques and methodologies, and to teach and advise researchers with the aim of generating excellent, publishable data. The incumbent will join a vibrant team of passionate cytometrists and researchers and have the ability for additional learning and career development within this critical core technology. More information can be obtained in the position description.


About the Role

The Flow Cytometry Operator reports directly to the Melbourne Brain Centre’s Flow Cytometry Manager. The successful candidate will assist in ensuring that the facility is organised, serviced and maintained to the maximal benefit of all University and external clients.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Operate the Facility’s sorters in a timely and scheduled manner to allow maximal use by University of Melbourne staff and students and external clients.
  • Ensure timely maintenance and servicing for all the equipment within the facility. This is critical because the MBC Cytometry Facility forms a vital part of the research efforts of the University of Melbourne.
  • Identify and resolve problems with the cytometers
  • Provide specialised technical advice to researchers on experimental design for flow cytometry experiments and sorting utilising the full capabilities of the multi-parameter flow cytometers


About You

You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to interact with multiple researchers and external users and provide a high level of customer service.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Completion of a degree (BSc) with Honours in biological sciences, for example immunology or cell biology.
  • Extensive experience and competence with the setup, operation, maintenance and trouble-shooting of multi-colour flow cytometers.
  • Demonstrated ability with respect to record keeping and maintaining experimental records.
  • Experience in adapting and updating current policies and procedures.   

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave options
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

To find out more, please visit https://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers.

Be Yourself @ UoM

We recognise that our employees are at the core of all our successes and achievements. We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. We promote inclusive behaviour, and we actively seek to learn from each other. Indigenous Australians are strongly encouraged to apply for our roles.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

*For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/selection-criteria

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at hr-talent@unimelb.edu.au.

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