Animal Welfare Officer, Coordinator

Melbourne, Australia
30 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Part Time

Work type: Continuing
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Chief Operating Officer Portfolio
Department/School: Research, Innovation and Commercialisation
Salary: $123,292 - $128,275 (UOM 9)
Role & Superannuation rate: Professional - Part time - 17% super

About Research, Innovation and Commercialisation

RIC is a specialist team dedicated to enabling the University's research and enterprise mission working closely with our academics, professional colleagues, industry partners, funding agencies and government agencies. We have a passion to see our academics and their collaboration partners succeed, achieve research excellence and translate their discoveries into real-world innovation and impact. RIC operates University-wide across all ten Faculties and Chancellery.

At a high level our capabilities include:

  • Strategic relationship development with Industry partners, including Innovation Precincts
  • Business development, research marketing and communications, intellectual property management and technology transfer mechanisms in partnership with the investment community
  • Proposal funding submission and post-award support including contracts and research accounting from a wide range of funders.  Specialized services for larger schemes such as MRFF, ARC and NHMRC Centers, ITRPs and CRCs and international programs.
  • Research ethics, integrity, governance and quality
  • Research infrastructure asset management
  • Training and development programs for academic and professional staff.

We aspire to service excellence every single day and creating an innovative, positive culture where feedback is valued, success is recognized and the University comes first in decision-making. We value big thinking on a global scale, attention to detail and care about our researchers' success, the personal development of our team members and ensuring RIC is a great place to work at the University.

About the role

As the Animal Welfare Officer you will play a key role in the University’s animal welfare education, training, advice, reporting and governance activities. This will include the University’s program of veterinary care - a program that is a requirement under the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Under the guidance of the Associate Director Research Governance and Quality, you will proactively interact with stakeholders and business partners to support animal welfare across various University activities involving animals. You will perform a critical role in providing independent advice and veterinary expertise to the University regarding the management of animals in the University’s day to day operations with reference to all applicable codes, approvals and regulatory requirements.

About You

You are a highly collaborative individual with the ability to work effectively within a team as well as with a variety of stakeholders in a highly professional and transparent manner.

You have experience in service improvement and the development and implementation of new or enhanced systems, training, processes, policy or guidance.

You will further have:

  • A veterinary science degree, relevant experience and knowledge of animal welfare in a research context and a current veterinary registration.
  • knowledge of animal experimentation and animal ethics, and regulation of the use of animals in a research setting
  • ability to provide clinical veterinary care autonomously to a range of small laboratory, large and exotic species to a high standard;
  • track-record of delivery of projects, preparing training, drafting policy, process or guidance material;


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well-established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria* found in the Position Description for the role.

*For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria/competencies, please go to

Position Description


Applications close: 13 Dec 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time