INTERNATIONAL VACANCY: Microbiology Senior Medical Officer, New Zealand


The Organisation and the Team

Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL) is a public hospital laboratory providing services to the network of hospitals within the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) as well as the wider Canterbury and West Coast Health Systems situated in the South Island of New Zealand.

Canterbury Health Laboratories is a tertiary level facility providing core laboratory services and an extensive range of specialist testing covering a comprehensive range of disorders; we have particular interests in lipid disorders, porphyrias, trace metals, occupational health monitoring, workplace drug testing and maternal serum screening. We have extensive links with other laboratories within New Zealand and collaborative partnerships across Australasia and globally, being a reference laboratory for many specialist investigations.

The Role

Anatomical Pathologists make life changing decisions every day, so maybe it's time to consider making one that will enhance your career and lifestyle by joining us here at the Canterbury District Health Board!

Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL) are seeking expressions of interest from qualified Anatomical Pathologists who are interested in joining our department and undertaking a one year Fellowship in Breast Pathology.

Our team located within Christchurch Hospital are supported by modern, well equipped histology and cytology laboratories with an enthusiastic and skilled scientific workforce. We have access to a wide range of IHC stains, fluorescent in situ hybridisation, electron microscopy, diagnostic molecular pathology, and surface marker flow cytometry techniques within CHL.

You will work alongside the breast sub-specialty team, within a group of eighteen other Consultant Anatomical Pathologists. Whilst the focus will be on developing expertise in breast pathology, a general reporting component will also be included in the position. You will also be expected to participate in breast related research and audit activities, and research groups are currently active both within CHL and the University of Otago, Christchurch Clinical School of Medicine.

Participation in the after-hours on call roster is not expected, and there is no autopsy requirement.

For more clinical information on this position, please contact Dr Joshua Freeman, Clinical Director of Microbiology

Phone: 03 364 0347

Or for advice on the application procedure please contact John Ray Recruitment Specialist, People and Capability Service


Applications are only accepted online, so please visit their website at:


New International Appointments

The International team is constantly expanding and we now have a well-established network of 28 Country Advisors across the College’s six international regions. The College has recently appointed three new Country Advisors:

Dr Tahir Shamsi, Country Advisor for Pakistan 

Dr Omar Qassid, Country Advisor for Iraq 

Dr Hesham Eldaly, Country Advisor for Egypt 

You can read more about each of them on our Who's Who page.  

First International Pathology Summer School in Cairo

The Royal College of Pathologists teamed up with the Armed Forces College of Medicine (AFCM) and Egyptian Committee for Pathology Training (ECPT) to deliver its first ever International Pathology Summer School. 
For further information about this two-day immersion programme please visit the following page.

Country Advisors

Can't find a Country Advisor for your region?

The College is inviting expressions of interest from Fellows and Members who would like to work alongside its International Advisors as Country Advisors.

If you would like to be considered for the role, please contact the International department in the first instance.