Flow Cytometrist (Parental Leave Cover)

Job No: BI76
Location: Melbourne


The AMREP partnership of Burnet Institute, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University, LaTrobe University and Alfred Health has established several instrumentation platforms to provide state of the art resources and to actively support research utilizing flow cytometry (AMREPFlow) and microscopy / imaging studies (Monash MicroImaging – AMREP node).  These are operated collegially, with staff appointed by one of the partners but working across the AMREP campus as needed.

The AMREP Flow Cytometrist will have a shared responsibility for the technical functions and operations of the flow cytometry laboratory.  The Flow Cytometrist 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. This position is to cover a parental leave period however may result in a possible continuation.

The Core Flow Facility currently contains 3 cell sorting platforms (expanding to 4 in October 2017), 9 cell analysis platforms and 1 imaging flow cytometer.



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 direct supervision of department supervisor or group leader.
  • Assist in training and orientation of staff
  • 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 laboratory procedures and protocols following safety guidelines and safety manuals.
  • Provide guidance to laboratory personnel in identifying, analysing and solving problems concerning individual samples, tests performed and equipment malfunctions.
  • May participate in special projects requiring data collection, analysis and presentation of data and analyses.
  • Report problems concerning individual cases, tests, equipment and supplies to laboratory supervisor or senior flow cytometrist scientist to ensure timely resolution.
  • Continue to develop theoretical and practical expertise in flow cytometry techniques in the framework of the core facility team
  • Participate in the development and optimization of novel protocols and techniques in flow cytometry to enhance and increase the quality of service offered.

Refer to the attached position description for full details.



  • A 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
  • Good communication skills, be a team player and be prepared for flexible work arrangements
  • Detail oriented and able to prioritise multiple tasks
  • Sound judgment, strong analytical skills and exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of Haematology, Virology and/or Cell Biology as relevant to flow cytometry (highly preferred)
  • Previous experience with polychromatic flow cytometry data analysis, interpretation and presentations, which include multicolour panel design (highly preferred)
  • Previous flow cytometer operation, understanding of flow cytometric basic principles, theory and practical applications (highly preferred)
  • Research laboratory experience, particularly for PC2 and PC3  certified labs (highly preferred)
  • Knowledge of Flow Cytometric data analysis software, CellQuest, FlowJo, WEASEL, FlowLogic, WinList, WinMDI, DIVA or equivalent is beneficial (preferred)

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



To apply for this position, please complete the details below and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the selection criteria (as outlined in the attached position description)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 11:30pm AEDT (GMT+11)

As part of our commitment to gender equity, we have included a question in the application process on gender. This will allow us to monitor and report on gender in relation to our recruitment process. This field is not compulsory.

Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant may be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or criminal record check from the Australian Federal Police.

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