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Medical Scientists

As a Medical Scientist working for Médecins Sans Frontières your resourcefulness and adaptability will be called upon regularly. The contexts in which you work may include: training technicians in sputum microscopy as part of a TB treatment program or helping set up a laboratory in such a way as to prevent airborne infection – without the use of common western technology such as laminar air flow cabinets.
You will be faced with the challenge of handling highly infectious material in rural and very basic settings. You will be responsible for ensuring quality control and providing training for the technicians under your responsibility.


  • Compliance with Essential Criteria for all potential Field Workers
  • Degree or diploma in Laboratory Technology, or Microbiology with applied parasitology and bacteriology
  • Experience with sample-taking (blood, sputum, stool)
  • Knowledge of clinical laboratory techniques and laboratory testing quality control methods
  • Download and complete the Skills Assessment Form. This is to be submitted with your application


  • Knowledge of epidemiology and tropical diseases (for example STDs, virology, TB, blood bank, malaria, HIV, kala azar)
  • Experience in using laboratory software packages and carrying out surveys

All Australian and New Zealand field worker applications are processed through our Sydney office.

Ready to apply

Please view the Essential Criteria for all profiles. When you’re ready to apply, download the Application Form and follow the Application Process.

Medical Scientists must submit a Skills Assessment Form in addition to the standard application requirements.

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