ANZSRS is happy to post free advertisements for positions in respiratory science. Please ensure your email request includes the following information as text or as an attached WORD document to allow creation of the ad. Details required: job title, institution, location (city, state), job description, FTE & working hours, remuneration, application closing date (Note: Job ad. will be removed on this date) & email address or website for submission. Send email request to ANZSRS Job Ads

Respiratory Scientist

Part Time Permanent 

Sydney Respiratory Specialist Group

Respiratory Scientist Permanent Part Time

Sydney Respiratory Specialist Group is a busy, well-established specialist practice located in Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Our practice is based on personalised and holistic patient care and you will be an integral part of the process.

You will be working in a friendly, supportive and collaborative environment which will draw on your skills and enthusiasm.

At SRS, we provide expert care on a wide range of respiratory and sleep conditions including asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, lung cancer, interstitial and environmental lung diseases, respiratory failure and sleep disorders. Our Respiratory Scientists play a vital role in our service delivery to patients and practitioners.

An exciting opportunity currently exists for an experienced, enthusiastic and well organised Respiratory Scientist to join our team to replace our well-loved senior scientist who is moving on to a full time public hospital position.

This position is a Part Time role of 3 days per week with flexibility to work extra hours from time to time as required.

The successful applicant will perform specialised tests including complex lung function and bronchial challenge testing in accordance with laboratory protocols. The role facilitates and promotes patient safety and quality of care, while practicing as a Respiratory Scientist in accordance with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science (ANZSRS) policies and guidelines.

Ability to perform Cardio-pulmonary Exercise testing is an added advantage but not absolutely necessary.

Detailed Summary of Duties

  • Operate and maintain equipment within the lab per laboratory manufacturer’s procedures. This includes Calibration, quality control, preventative maintenance, basic trouble shooting and infection control / cleaning prior to and after each patient.
  • Work in accordance within the laboratory procedures manual and international guidelines
  • Achieve accurate, reliable and repeatable measurements of a patient’s respiratory function
  • Analyse, calculate and present the results for reporting
  • General lab administration duties
  • Maintaining of stock levels & consumables.

Essential Criteria

  • Bachelor of Science in Physiology/Exercise Science or equivalent qualification
  • Current member of ANZSRS 
  • Effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Commitment to work effectively within a team environment
  • Attention to detail

If you possess the attributes and skills required, please forward your resume and cover letter to [email protected] addressing the essential criteria.


Contact number 0418343787 Dr Samantha Herath


Remuneration is based on experience.

(35-49 AUD/h) (70,000-97,000 AUD full time equivalent)

Applications close 29th January 2021.

Only candidates who meet the above criteria will be shortlisted.

Classification: Grade 4 Scientist plus in charge allowance

Business Unit/Department: Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

Agreement: Victorian Public Health Sector (Medical Scientists, Pharmacists and Psychologists) Enterprise Agreement 2017 - 2021

Employment Ttpe: Full-Time, 40 hours (Incl ADO).


Position Purpose:

The Head Scientist is responsible for leading and directing the scientific laboratory-based activities of the Department, which include clinical diagnostic services provided by the Respiratory and Sleep Laboratories and those laboratory services pertaining to the VRSS. In addition, this role provides high level operational and project management support to the Department more broadly, contributes directly to the research and education outputs of the Department and leads quality and innovation initiatives within the Department.


For futher information and to apply please vist:


Purpose & Accountabilites:

Role Specific:


1.1 To strive for the provision of international best practice of care to all patients with respiratory and sleep diseases in the context of current professional knowledge and organisational resources.

1.2 To administer, plan and direct the activities of the Respiratory Laboratory, Home Oxygen Service, Exercise Laboratory, Sleep Laboratory and CPAP Clinic to ensure that they operate at a high standard, with a focus on quality and continuous improvement.

1.3 To ensure conformance of laboratory practices with regulatory standards and maintain appropriate accreditations, including but not limited to TSANZ Lung Function Laboratory Accreditation, ASA Sleep Laboratory Accreditation and NATA Blood Gas Service Accreditation.

1.4 To ensure maintenance of adequate medical records and ensure that there is prompt communication with relevant clinicians and health care providers.

1.5 To oversee the implementation of quality improvement activities for the laboratories and the wider Department to improve quality of patient care within the allocated resources.

1.6 To lead the development, evaluation and introduction of new technologies and diagnostic techniques into the clinical laboratories.

1.7 To lead the development and maintenance of the IT needs of the department, in particular the ResMed database and other in-house developed applications.

1.8 To engage in active ex-officio roles within the organisation, with external professional bodies, and as a NATA assessor.



2.1 To supervise the professional duties of students, scientists, HMOs and registrars in respiratory and sleep physiology in accordance with relevant policies.

2.2 To contribute to ongoing education in respiratory and sleep physiology by providing educational sessions to HMOs, advanced physician trainees and other healthcare staff as appropriate.

2.3 To provide quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in respiratory and sleep physiology.

2.4 To be responsible for the standard of professional conduct and quality of patient testing undertaken by all respiratory and sleep scientists engaged in physiological testing.

2.5 To be responsible for the initiation, planning, direction, presentation and/or publication of physiological research and development undertaken by scientific staff working in the Respiratory and Sleep Laboratories.



3.1 To maintain appropriate credentials and experience in the fields of respiratory and/or sleep physiology, which may include, for example, respiratory function and allergy testing, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, arterial blood gas sampling and analysis, set up and analysis of a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment sleep studies; and equipment operation and troubleshooting.

3.2 To participate in professional review and development activities at service, Department and divisional levels as required.

3.3 To be responsible for the development and conduct of approved research in respiratory and/or sleep physiology within available facilities and resources. Collaborative and research strategy should be developed in consultation with the Director and other senior staff.

3.4 To interpret and verify respiratory function test results and prepare formal reports as required and/or to analyse sleep studies and assist in final report preparation.

3.5 To attend meetings and represent the Department and Health Service on committees. To contribute to the activities of professional societies relevant to respiratory and sleep physiology at national and international levels.

3.6 To commit to further professional development through completion of post-graduate studies and/or regular attendance and scientific contribution at national and international meetings/courses.



4.1 To attend relevant meetings of the Department and provide lead administrative support to the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine.

4.2 To be familiar with and comply with relevant clinical and administrative policies affecting patient care and other related matters.

4.3 To participate in the development and review of laboratory policies and procedures relevant to the provision of patient care in the Respiratory and Sleep Laboratories as requested.

4.4 To participate in management procedures as they relate to the resolution of incidents, complaints and errors in the Respiratory and Sleep Laboratories as a part of the Austin Health approach to clinical risk management.

4.5 To be responsible for the appointment, supervision, professional standard and personal development of all scientific staff and students (undergraduate and postgraduate) working in the Respiratory and Sleep Laboratories.

4.6 To be responsible for all physiological equipment and ensure that effective procedures are established and followed for their optimal operation, calibration, maintenance and quality control.

4.7 To assist the Director to manage budget expenditure and revenue setting in Respiratory and Sleep Laboratories.

4.8 To monitor and report key performance indicators which reflect all the important aspects of the laboratories’ functions.

4.9 To further the professional development of all scientific staff.

4.10 To be responsible for ensuring there is prompt, regular and thorough communication for Respiratory and Sleep scientists and others, both within and the hospital and to outside stakeholders, as appropriate.

4.11 To act as a resource for problem solving and troubleshooting of technical, staff and any other issues related to laboratory performance.


Essential Knowledge and skills:
• Demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership in a laboratory that meets or exceeds NATA requirements and to provide expert training and guidance.
• Possess a relevant post-graduate qualification and substantial experience (>10 years) in clinical respiratory and sleep science.
• Proven record of achievement in respiratory and/or sleep science and demonstrated ability to apply an expert level of knowledge and skills in Respiratory and Sleep Science.
• Demonstrated ability to provide authoritative counsel in matters relating to respiratory and sleep science to stakeholders both within and outside of the discipline.
• Demonstrated personal qualities of leadership and knowledge, expertise and skill for the strategic management of human, financial and physical resources of specialised Respiratory and Sleep laboratories.
• High level IT skills including computer programming.
• A commitment to the Austin Health values.
• Commitment to a high standard of patient care.
• Experience in Human Resource issues, change and performance management.
• Demonstrated ability in budget management.
• Demonstrated initiative and enthusiasm, approachable, flexible nature.



Respiratory Scientist

Permanent part time (15 hours/fortnight)

Wednesdays (8am-1pm) and every 2nd Friday (8am-1pm) with possibility for more hours in the future


Melbourne Respiratory & Sleep services offers a range of medical diagnostic procedures and also specialist respiratory consultation.

Our Respiratory Laboratory is a busy clinical operation and its purpose is to provide diagnostic lung function testing to referred outpatients and to the wider community. 


You will be responsible for conducting a range of both routine and more specialised tests of respiratory function. You will apply professional knowledge and skills to ensure that measurement accuracy and the highest standards of patient care are consistently achieved. You may be responsible for carrying out quality assurance procedures, and may be required to be trained in the operation and maintenance of sleep study equipment.


  • Ensure confidentiality of both patients and employees, policies and business dealings.
  • Ensure correct functioning of laboratory equipment by performing calibration and maintenance procedures.
  • Perform requested tests ensuring accuracy of measurements.
  • Highest levels of patient care and safety must be achieved at all times.
  • Prepare associated reports and calculate relevant test results.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in respiratory technology and physiology.
  • Undertake clerical duties associated with the operation of the laboratory. 
  • Cover for leave on occasion when required.
  • Remuneration will be based on experience.



  • Previous experience in the performance of routine respiratory function testing 
  • Science degree or higher in a related discipline.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with patients.
  • Proven ability to perform in a work environment where clear, accurate and analytical thought processes are essential.
  • Competency in a Microsoft Windows based computer environment including Microsoft Office skills.


  • Familiarity with more complex tests of respiratory function such as body plethysmography, bronchial provocation testing, maximal respiratory pressures, haemoglobin skin prick testing, etc.
  • Experience with Medisoft lung function testing instrumentation
  • Experience with home sleep study setups 

Applications close 3rd February. Successful applicant to start in mid February.

Please attach your resume and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria. Send to Emma on [email protected]