BIOMEDICAL SCIENTIST

JOB TITLE: BIOMEDICAL SCIENTIST

JOB REF: ELLH200

HOSPITAL: LA LUCIA HOSPITAL

JOB TYPE: PERMANENT POST

WORKING HOURS: 40 HOURS

TIME CONDITIONS: DAYSHIFT

SALARY: R26 000 - R54 000

CLOSING DATE: 10 JUNE 2022


Job Purpose:

As a biomedical scientist, you'll carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests on tissue samples and fluids to help clinicians diagnose and treat diseases. You'll also evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.

Your work is extremely important to many hospital departments, such as operating theatres and A&E, and the functions you carry out are wide ranging. For example, you may work on medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes or AIDS, screen for and monitor a range of diseases, or carry out tests for emergency blood transfusions.


Types of biomedical scientist:

Biomedical scientists usually specialise in one of four areas: infection sciences, blood sciences, cell sciences or genetics and molecular pathology.

Infection sciences includes:

medical microbiology - identification of micro-organisms causing disease and their antibiotic treatment

virology - identification of viruses, associated diseases and monitoring the effectiveness of vaccines.


Blood sciences includes:

clinical chemistry - analysis of blood and body fluids to help with diagnoses, and toxicology studies

transfusion science - determination of donor/recipient blood compatibility, ensuring blood banks are sufficient

haematology - form and functions of blood and related diseases

immunology - understanding the immune system and its role in combating disease.


Cell sciences includes:

histopathology - microscopic examination of diseased tissue samples

cytology - best known for cervical smear screening, but also covers other cellular analysis.


Genetics and molecular pathology includes:

genetics - study of genes and hereditary variations in genes

molecular pathology - study and diagnosis of disease through examination of tissues and fluids at molecular level.


Responsibilities:

As a biomedical scientist you'll need to:

perform routine and specialist analytical testing on a range of biological samples

give test results to medical staff, who use the information to diagnose and treat the patient's illness

process patient samples in good time and make sure that turnaround times for reporting results are achieved

prioritise your workload and perform urgent analytical testing as required

identify abnormal or unexpected results and report back and follow up with requesting clinicians

maintain and run specialist lab equipment

maintain and order stocks of materials

answer telephone enquiries about test results and other general lab issues

accurately record data, write reports and share results

develop new methods of investigation and keep up to date with diagnostic innovations

support the lab's quality management system and observe all relevant health and safety regulations

supervise, mentor and support trainee biomedical scientists and other support staff

keep your professional knowledge up to date and take responsibility for your continuing professional development (CPD).


QUALIFICATIONS:

BSc (Hons) degree in biomedical science

registered with the Health and Care Professions Council


Interested Applicants who meet the requirements may apply here on our website or use the email address of La Lucia Hospital HR Manager STELLA VAN ROOY [stellavanrooy@laluciahospital.com]. Applicants will be conducted shortly, Should you not be contacted in 14 days of your application, Please consider your application unsuccessful and thank you for your interest in our healthcare group.