Medical Laboratory Scientist - Cytology

An experienced medical scientist specialising in cytology is sought by our client in New Zealand for a role in an expanding anatomical pathology service in a regional district general hospital. Located in the north west tip of New Zealand, the hospital is just 2 hours drive from Auckland in a region with a warm sunny climate all year long.

The hospital has 350 beds and offers a full range of medical and surgical services to adults and children of all ages and demographics including a 24 hour emergency department and radiological and pathology support. The catchment area covers over 12600 kilometres spreading over the north west tip of the North Island of New Zealand and is populated by almost 200,000 people with a high Maori demographic, which has specific health problems. The hospital acts as a referral centre for three small provincial hospitals offering basic medical services and in turn, is supported by tertiary hospitals in Auckland.

The Role is based in the anatomical pathology department, which is experiencing rapid growth, especially in the area of cytology services. The laboratory provides a Histology and non-gynaecological cytology service for the region and receives specimens from both the community and four Northland laboratories.

You will be responsible for the primary screening all non-gynaecology specimens, including fine needle aspiration samples, (FNAs) where an eye for excellence is required. You will participate in all aspects of specimen preparation, including assisting with onsite FNA's, and mentoring other department technical staff. Participation in the RCPA quality assurance program (cytology) and in-house quality assurance is essential.

Essential Skills

Primary cytology skills:

  • Have experience in preparation and staining of all non-gynae samples.
  • Demonstrate the a high level of non-gynae cytology experience, which will enable the ability to primary screen and a write a preliminary report, on specimens received within the cytology department.
  • Previous experience in assisting with the onsite preparation of fine needle aspiration (FNA) samples, (ROSE procedures), and their adequacy requirements,  will be advantageous. Knowledge of additional tests requirements for samples taken at these procedures is an advantage.

General skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to apply high-level scientific judgement to perform, interpret various sample types.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective professional relationships with clinicians and colleagues.
  • The ideal candidate must be self-motivated and display the ability to work independently.

As well as a warm climate, the "winterless north" offers excellent schools, affordable housing and scenic coastal areas offering a range of recreational activities. It is just two hours' drive or 25 minute flight from the international hub of Auckland and is well serviced with flights.

Applications and Further Information:

If you are interested in this role please apply with a detailed CV not longer than 5 pages.