Medical Laboratory Scientist - Genetics


Our Purpose: What We’re Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We’re world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we’re always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care, we plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. And we’re all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

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Putting people at the heart of all we do 

For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we’re putting our own people at the centre of everything we do. Because health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do.

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.

The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

This is an exciting opportunity for a professional, highly motivated Healthcare Scientist or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) to join the Genetics Section at Canterbury Health Laboratories (www.chl.co.nz) in a fixed term parental leave cover arrangement. The Genetics Section offers an extensive portfolio of tests for a wide range of clinical applications including single gene and mitochondrial disorders, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and molecular oncology/haematology. The laboratory is well equipped with the latest technology and has established national and international research collaborations.  

This is a fixed term (till Feb 2020), full time, scientist position in a busy genetics laboratory that provides diagnostic testing nationally and internationally. The preferred roster pattern to fit with service delivery requirements is 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The aim of this appointment is to provide additional support to the team through this period as they continue to move to new and emerging platforms for testing, such as Next Generation Sequencing technology and digital PCR.

We are looking for a qualified MLS, or someone soon to be completing an appropriate MLS qualification. Experience in G-banded chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridisation, or molecular genetics would be an advantage. However, full training will be provided.

You will be registered (or eligible for registration) as an MLS with the New Zealand Medical Sciences Council and will preferably have previous experience working as a scientist in a diagnostic genetic laboratory.
You will be a highly motivated team player with excellent interpersonal skills and able to work as part of a team as well as independently. In addition, you will be organised and efficient with effective time management skills.

Belonging Here: Becoming Part of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn’t a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star!

If this particular role isn’t for you, we do have other similar opportunities - please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact

Email: Hayley.Buick@cdhb.health.nz

Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now! 

Fixed Term/Contract/Full Time

Job no: 235182

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Sunday, 6 January 2019