Intern Medical Laboratory Scientist | Virology/Serology

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Mō te tūnga - About the Role

Canterbury Health Laboratories is the largest medical laboratory in the South Island and is a secondary/tertiary referral centre. Our laboratory is open 24 hours a day, providing timely results to our clinicians to ensure our patients are getting the right treatment, at the right time.

Our Virology/Serology department is proud of its status as a leading-edge specialist laboratory providing diagnostic testing utilising molecular and immunoassay techniques on automated platforms. The department operates from 6am till midnight, 7 days per week.

This position is fixed term to cover two periods of parental leave.

  • 1.0 FTE full time (40 hours per week) from 22/01/2024 – 21/07/2024
  • 0.8 FTE (32 hours per week) from 22/07/24 – 28/3/2025.

The department utilises a 6-week rotating roster which includes day shift (0800-1700 or 0600-1430), and evening shift (1600-2400).

We are looking for a recent BMLSc graduate with an interest in Molecular Microbiology and/or Infectious Serology to fill this intern MLS position. You must be registered (or eligible for registration) with the New Zealand Medical Laboratory Science Council and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate. 

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated team player with excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail.  In addition, you will possess effective time management skills and be able to work independently. We will support you to gain full registration with the Medical Sciences Council.

If you are a recent graduate looking to kick start your career in medical laboratory science, we want to hear from you.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako - Skills and Experience

  • BMLSc graduate eligible for registration with the Medical Science Council as a Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • 4th Year placements in Molecular Microbiology and/or Infectious Serology are highly desirable
  • Adaptability and flexibility to work across different areas of the laboratory and different shifts
  • Interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Methodical and practical with attention to detail


Mō mātou | About Us

“Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi - Putting people at the heart of all we do”

We are committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles by ensuring our partnership with Māori are at the forefront of all our conversations. We believe in improving, promoting, and protecting the health and well-being of the Canterbury and the West Coast community.

The culture at Te Whatu Ora Health NZ Waitaha Canterbury, is driven by our ā Mātou Uara (Our Value​​​​​​​s):

  • Care and respect for others - Manaaki me te whakaute i te tangata.
  • Integrity in all we do - Hāpai i ā mātou mahi katoa i runga i te pono.
  • Responsibility for outcomes - Te Takohanga i ngā hua
Ngā hua | Benefits of working at Te Whata Ora [Health NZ]


When you work at Te Whata Ora [Health NZ] you are part of a wider whānau that will support you along your journey. We offer great coaching, mentoring and learning outcomes for all staff. We are always improving our facilities across all campuses and have amazing discounts from select retailers, restaurants and businesses. At the DHB, you are part of something greater than yourself and encouraged to be your unique self.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted, therefore apply directly on our career site here.

Contact  Kerri McCarthy on for additional information.

We have a range of clinical and non-clinical roles at Te Whata Ora [Health NZ], there could be a place for you!

Please visit our careers website for other roles and find your ideal fit within Te Whata Ora [Health NZ]

Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!


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Fixed Term/Contract/Full Time

Job no: PC2824765

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Tuesday 5th December