Animal Technician

Sydney, Australia
05 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. The Biological Resource Centre (BRC) is part of the UNSW Medicine and is the main source of animals for teaching and medical research at UNSW and its affiliated hospitals, including strong collaborative ties with the Children’s Cancer Institute, the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. The staff at BRC provide support and assistance to research staff and students across UNSW in experimental work involving laboratory animals.

The Animal Technician provides daily animal care and husbandry including environmental monitoring, enrichment, cleaning and maintenance. This position provides support and technical assistance to researchers and students who use the BRC facilities. The Animal Technician is required to undertake duties safely, ethically and in accordance with current legislation including the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. The role reports to the Senior Technical Team Leader.

About the role

  • $63-70k p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 12 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time (38hrs per week)

The role of Animal Technician is to provide animal care and husbandry, including nutrition, health care, hygiene control housing and environmental enrichment. The role involves Identifying animals correctly and maintaining records of animal movements, ethics approval, sex, housing density as well as maintaining animal well-be reporting any adverse event findings. You will maintain PC2 areas of the facility including designated OGTR-certified areas, and assist with cage cleaning, cage preparation, general cleaning and sterilising duties as required. The roles also requires providing care and therapies to pre and post-operative animals plus assisting with the administration of medicine to animals.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Completion (or progress towards completion) of a TAFE Certificate, Associate Diploma or equivalent in Animal Studies or Animal Technology
  • Experience in animal husbandry of a wide range of species, particularly rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep and pigs
  • Proficient animal handling and animal therapy skills, including experience in administering basic medical treatment to animals (e.g. injections, oral and topical medications)
  • Records management experience with high level attention to detail and accuracy as well as strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a diverse group of people by contributing positively in a team environment, as well as the ability to work independently with limited supervision from time to time

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online

Applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed

You should systematically address all the selection criteria in your application.

Contact: Dr. Stephen Danon


Applications close: 11:00 PM 18th April 2019

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