Laboratory and Technical Support Officer, Veterinary Anatomy

Location
Townsville, Australia
Posted
Thursday, 22 August 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 6 October 2019
Ref
16857
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The Laboratory and Technical Support Officer, Veterinary Anatomy supports the fundamental components of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and associated facilities in the Veterinary Science academic group. The incumbent provides technical support and expertise including the coordination of teaching resources as well as ensuring a safe working environment for staff and students whose studies require them to become familiar with the anatomy of small and large animal tissues, organs and body systems to support the successful delivery of veterinary anatomy teaching and enabling learning outcomes to be met.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Division of Tropical Health and Medicine encompasses human and animal health professional areas and related biomedical science disciplines. The Division has a particular focus on the health of rural, remote and Indigenous Australian communities and tropical medicine.

The Colleges of the Division include:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

As part of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Sciences. Working in a collaborative leadership model with the Office of the Division, the other Colleges and the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences contributes to advancing the strategic agenda and to strengthening partnerships and engagement.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Work autonomously with broad direction from the Manager and academic staff to maintain the veterinary anatomy teaching laboratory and anatomical specimens for the veterinary and biomedical sciences anatomy programs by preparing and organising consumables and resources for the embalming and preservation of cadavers and anatomical materials.
  2. Prepare animal bodies and tissues for teaching including preserving cadavers through embalming and ensure the correct storage, maintenance and final preparation of preserved cadavers to safeguard longevity of specimens enabling teaching and learning outcomes for the program to be met.
  3. Disassemble cadavers and parts of recently deceased animals as well as producing pro-sections and dissections to provide the animal materials and anatomical specimens necessary for practical classes and for the development of displays and specimens.
  4. Ensure sufficient anatomical specimens and teaching resources by collecting, developing, maintaining, classifying and cataloguing teaching resources and materials as per the relevant curriculum requirements.  
  5. Prepare, organise and set up for practical classes as per the anatomy curriculum under board direction from the manager and academic staff. Supervise students during classes as required ensuring students are caring for the specimens or cadavers to best practice and ethical guidelines as well as providing instruction on the safe use of laboratory equipment and instrumentation. This may include demonstrating and teaching anatomy dissection skills and problem solving any technical difficulties.
  6. Ensure the laboratory is maintained with high cleanliness standards and that the relevant Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) measures are adhered to by ensuring signage, standard operating procedures (SOPs), Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and service checks on equipment are up to current industry requirements.
  7. Coordinate the veterinary bequest program, including collection of live animals, donated animal bodies and animal tissues for use in anatomy practical classes as well assisting with the process of anaesthesia and euthanasia of live animals ensuring compliance with animal welfare codes and carry out the process for appropriate disposal of animals.
  8. Purchase consumables, materials and equipment for teaching by obtaining quotes, arranging replacement equipment, coordinating service checks and liaising with the Manager as required to ensure safety and security of laboratory facilities is maintained and is also sufficiently resourced.
  9. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Descriptors

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Professional and Technical

Level 6

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Laboratory and Technical Support Officer, Veterinary Anatomy is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Laboratory and Technical Support Officer, Veterinary Anatomy is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. 
  3. The Laboratory and Technical Support Officer, Veterinary Anatomy is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to be Q fevered vaccinated or show immunity
  • It is a requirement of this position to hold a current driver's license.
  • It is a requirement of this position to hold a current First Aid Certificate.
  • It is a requirement of this position to occasionally work evenings and/or weekends.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  1. Degree qualification in a science field, applied science, animal science and relevant subsequent experience or diploma qualification in science, veterinary technician or related field or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education and/or training.
  2. Demonstrated experience as a Laboratory Technician in an appropriate field with proven ability in animal and tissue preservation and maintenance including specimen preparation and pro-section techniques.
  3. Demonstrated effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, with proven ability to work well with students and staff at all levels.
  4. Proven ability to prioritise workload, respond to tight timeframes in a complex environment and work independently and in a team environment.
  5. Demonstrated understanding of WHS legislation and how to apply it in a laboratory environment including safe use of laboratory equipment, manual handling techniques and chemical usage and storage.
  6. Demonstrated competence and computer literacy with skills in a range of computer programs such as Microsoft Office and corporate applications.

Desirable

  1. Training in veterinary and medical anatomy and animal handling experience, either farming or multi-species.
  2. Experience in a teaching environment.