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Chief Chemist Full-time Job

2 weeks ago   Nursing   Brisbane Inner City,Brisbane - North   5 views
Job Details

Forensic Toxicology at Forensic and Scientific Services (FSS) analyses biological specimens for drugs, alcohol and poisons for the State Coroner and the Queensland Police Service. This is done to confirm or eliminate the possibility that these substances may have contributed to an accident or death, impairment of behaviour or a criminal offence. This position reports to the Managing Scientist of Coronial Services in FSS.

Your key responsibilities include:

  • Manage the Forensic Toxicology laboratory to provide a comprehensive, cost-effective and highest quality analytical and advisory service that meets key performance indicators and is in line with client needs and the policies and objectives of FSS.
  • Ensure that the laboratory keeps abreast of advances in the discipline, initiate and coordinate research, monitor trends in drug usage and apply expertise to solve scientific problems and identify potential new technologies and procedures.
  • Represent forensic toxicology at various local, state-wide, national and international committees.
  • Provide strategic leadership in forecasting of accommodation, staffing and equipment requirements, manage budgets and emerging scientific/environmental trends to develop business plans and monitor initiatives to ensure the achievement of FSS and Queensland Health vision and objectives.
  • Communicate effectively within the workgroup to discuss relevant work issues, and disseminate relevant knowledge and information.

To be successful you will need the following key competencies including:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic operational management and effective leadership of a forensic toxicology laboratory that meets client requirements and operates within an ISO9001/ISO17025 quality framework.
  • Extensive experience and a well-developed level of knowledge, expertise and skill in the field of forensic toxicology with superior problem-solving ability and an ability to generate alternative solutions, meet deadlines and manage multiple clients.
  • Ability to provide high level authoritative advice both orally and in writing on matters related to forensic toxicology including the provision of evidence in courts, and scientific, ethical, strategic and operational guidance to staff, line management and clients.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in negotiation, consultation and managing conflict as well as effectiveness in responding to the needs of the management, clients and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams and improve workplace engagement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement, an ability to implement best practice laboratory processes, and to lead change management processes in the laboratory in line with NATA/ISO accreditation requirements.

Find out about the role in more detail and how to apply in the attached role description.

How to apply:

Please provide the following information to the panel to assess your suitability:

  • Your resume, including the names and contact details of two referees who have a thorough knowledge of your capabilities, work performance and conduct within the previous two years, and it is preferable to include your current, immediate or past supervisor.
  • A short statement (maximum two pages) that gives details of your skills, experience and knowledge as required on the role description under the headingkey competencies (role specific criteria)'.
  • Please attach relevant qualification and vaccination evidence.
Company Description
Queensland Health is a dynamic organisation committed to providing a range of services aimed at achieving good health and wellbeing for all Queenslanders. Through a network of 16 Hospital and Health Services and the Mater Hospitals, Queensland Health delivers a range of integrated services including hospital inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, community and mental health services, aged care services and public health and health promotion programs.