Animal Welfare Officer, Research, Ethics and Integrity

Sydney, Australia
$126,502 to $140,431 p.a.
28 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
20 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

About Western

Working at Western Sydney University means you’ll be part of an organisation that’s ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and is a research leader – with 85% of the University’s research being at or above world standard. We understand the key to your success is unlocking your true potential – just as we do with our students. Our 3,000 staff members work together to enable a dynamic, inclusive and innovative culture that is distinctly research-driven and student-centred.


Western Sydney University has long been identified as a University of the people. We value the contributions made by our staff and recognise that they underpin the enablement of our mission and values. In return, we offer:

  • 35 hour work week
  • Flex leave for Professional staff
  • 17% super contributions

About the Team

Research Services are responsible for providing integrated administrative and management support for researchers and research activity across the University, with a strong focus on research development, income generation, ethical review and the coordination of research student training and development.

About the Role

The Animal Welfare Officer will be required to build relationships within the office, the broader University and across the sector. You will be required to travel to the facilities across a number of campuses for meeting and inspections.

The primary role of the Animal Welfare Officer is to:

  • Ensure the welfare of animals used in research and teaching by staff and students at the University in line with the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, the Animal Research Act 1985, and the Animal Research Regulation 2005.
  • Provide contemporary and up-to-date technical advice and training to researchers, students and staff in medical and surgical techniques as well as health monitoring of animals used for research and teaching.
  • Provide, through close liaison with the Animal Ethics Committee, leadership in the maintenance of standards of animal care and use across the University.
  • Provide professional veterinary advice to researchers and students.
  • Assist researchers in the development of Animal Research Authority applications to the WSU Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC).
  • Support ACEC in the assessment of documents submitted to the monthly committee meeting (which include adverse event reports, amendments, new applications).

About You

To be successful in this role you will have a degree in Veterinary Science and eligibility for registration as a veterinarian surgeon in NSW. You will also have demonstrated postgraduate experience in clinical practice with experience overseeing the welfare of a range of animal species used in research and/or teaching.

This is a full-time, ongoing position located at Western's Werrington South Campus.

Please review the position description for more information. If this sounds like an opportunity for you, please apply ensuring you carefully address the selection criteria in your application.

Remuneration Package: HEW Level 8 $126,502 to $140,431 p.a. (comprising Salary of $106,896 to $118,666 p.a., plus Superannuation and Leave Loading).

Position Enquires: Please contact Dr Shantala Mohan via email

Closing Date: 8:30 pm, Monday 20 March 2023.

Work Rights in Australia:

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For an ongoing/continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident and provide evidence at time of application.