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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Work in a diverse team

The ability to work and live in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams in contexts that are often complex, unstable and isolated, requiring strict respect for the local culture, teams and security rules in force.

Experience working in remote, low resource and low tech settings

Clinical/working experience in environments with limited human resources, materials and equipment.  Access to electricity can be unreliable, running water may not be available, medical and other equipment may be in short supply and computer systems may be basic.

Management experience

Most assignments will involve supervision or management of teams and will require experience in: capacity building, training, planning and administration and performance management.

Commitment to the goals and values of MSF

Adhere to the MSF Charter and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment.

Commitment to a career with MSF

Commitment for 2+ assignments. We are looking for people that want to commit to multiple assignments and a long-term career in humanitarian aid. Hiring and training an employee is a major investment for MSF and we want to hire international staff who want to grow within the organisation. 

Ability to cope with stress

Many MSF projects are located in or near conflict areas. The environment is often chaotic and you will face various challenges. International staff must be able to cope with stress in a difficult and unpredictable environment.                   

Flexibility and adaptability

Contexts, environments, team composition can change quickly. Flexibility and adaptability are critical for a successful MSF assignment.    

Work independently and use initiative

MSF assignments are demanding and every staff member must be able to manage their responsibilities and workload in a professional manner, with minimum direction.     


Language skills

Knowledge of French or Spanish, or willing to learn. 
Other languages including Portuguese, Russian or Arabic are an asset.


Please apply if your skills and experience match the profile requirements and essential criteria above. Note: all Australian and New Zealand applications are processed through our Sydney office.

Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application. Before starting the application, please prepare the following:

  1. CV 
  2. Motivation letter 
  3. Skills assessment form (below) 

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