Full time, Sydney

Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) pioneers advances in melanoma research and treatment that are making a difference to the lives of patients today. We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to preventing and curing melanoma through innovative, world-class research, treatment and education programs. MIA is a national affiliated network of melanoma researchers and clinicians based in Sydney at the Poche Centre – the world’s largest melanoma research and treatment facility. It’s from here that our specialists pioneer new research, conduct clinical trials, develop new treatments and promote awareness of melanoma and where our clinics treat 2000 melanoma patients each year.

MIA currently seeks a highly motivated Biobank Specimen Collector / Coordinator to join our dynamic biobanking team based at The Poche Centre in Wollstonecraft, Sydney. Reporting to the Biobank Laboratory Manager, the Biobank Specimen Collector / Coordinator is integral to the success of our blood-based translational research projects.

You will work closely with the clinical care team and biobank staff to provide a biomarker blood collection and processing service for all of our ctDNA translational research studies.

You will coordinate the identification of patient cohorts, determine dates for blood collection and collate patient information in a database. You will provide ongoing updates to the lead investigators and be actively involved in sample identification, processing and retrieval for off-site analysis.

To succeed in this role, you must have a warm and friendly manner and have strong venepuncture skills. You will combine your previous project coordination or clinical trials coordination experience with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple deadlines. You may need to work across multiple sites and be available to meet research deadlines or for collection of specimens. Your workload will include entering data into databases, maintaining tracking documentation and managing blood collection consumables.

Major Responsibilities

  • Track patient visits and perform venepuncture on prospective ctDNA cohorts (and other cohorts of patients as required) for all blood-based translational research projects at the Institute.
  • Process biomarker blood samples whilst adhering to strict protocols and quality assurance measures (including aliquoting and snap freezing of blood fractions and preparation of PBMCs).
  • Maintain laboratory records to a high standard and ensure that biospecimen annotations and inventory are accurate and up-to-date.
  • Be flexible in terms of working hours which may sometimes fall outside of business hours.
  • Contribute to the efficient day-to-day operation of MIA Biospecimen Bank. Perform administrative duties within the biobank including: data entry, housekeeping duties, receive orders and deliveries and manage stock control.

This position will offer you a dynamic work environment, broad clinical exposure and a high paced workload. This is an outstanding opportunity to further your career and develop your skills in a globally recognised institution. You will enjoy achieving outcomes and will find great satisfaction in supporting cancer patients and being part of cutting edge research.


  • A university degree in science, applied science, health or a health related discipline.
  • Strong skills in venepuncture.
  • Experience working in a laboratory and processing whole blood samples to collect fractions.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow strict protocols.
  • Demonstrated meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in record keeping.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated capacity to liaise with professionals across multiple disciplines.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve shared goals, as well independently without close supervision.
  • High level computer skills, particularly with data collection and entry. Must have excellent Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills in order to manage multiple work activities with shifting priorities.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.

Desirable (experience in one or more of the following areas would be an asset)

  • Preparation of PBMCs from blood.
  • Previous experience working in a biobank or clinical trials setting.
  • Understanding of good laboratory practice guidelines.
  • Knowledge of melanoma.

If this role sounds perfect for you, please send us your CV and a cover letter addressing your experience as per the criteria listed in the “major responsibilities” section.

Only applicants with full working rights within Australia should apply. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Please no recruitment agencies.

Applications close on 22/07/2022 unless a suitable candidate is found beforehand.

As this role is based in a medical facility, applicants will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Please send your resume and cover letter using the link below.

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