Senior Animal Technician

Banyule, Australia
10 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Animal Technician, La Trobe Animal Research and Teaching Facility (LARTF)

  • Support research and teaching involving animals
  • Full time, continuing role based at our Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
  • $63,424 to $71,423 per annum plus up to 17% superannuation

About La Trobe

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. La Trobe University turns 50 in 2017, and over the half century of its existence it has established a reputation as an innovative and accessible university, willing to take risks and take on challenges.  Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through operational excellence to benefit the communities we serve.

LARTF is responsible for the care, husbandry, colony management, welfare and health monitoring of animals held within LARTF facilities. LARTF works closely with the La Trobe Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) to ensure research and teaching using animals at La Trobe University remains compliant with regulatory requirements.

About the role

In this role you will provide high level technical support and supervision for areas of animal housing or service within the La Trobe Animal Research and Teaching Facility. You will provide technical support, training and assistance to LARTF team members and researchers as well as coordinate staff, workflow and local service and maintenance activities. You will contribute to animal care and operational decisions and maintain communication with a range of stakeholders.

Skills & Experience

To be considered for this role you will have completed a Degree qualification with relevant experience or have an equivalent combination of knowledge, training and experience; including but not limited to: 

  • Experience with a variety of animals used in research and teaching and familiarity with relevant codes.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and coordinate a small work team including on the job training, coaching and managing performance.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to develop positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Strong organisational, computer, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Capacity to coordinate workflow and local maintenance activities to ensure efficient operation of allocated work area.
  • Ability to create and maintain records/reports to meet both internal and external requirements including audit processes.
  • Provision of  up-to-date technical support  and assistance to staff and investigators for a variety of species.

Please refer to the Position Description for other skills and experience required for this role.


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How to Apply

Closing date: Sunday 26 November 2017

This position is open to people with a valid full-time working visa.

Position Enquiries: Christine Findlay, Senior Manager, La Trobe Animal Research and Teaching Facility (LARTF) + 61 3 9479 2537 /

Please address Key Selection Criteria from the attached position description and attach these with your application.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

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La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact Kerryn Harbert, Recruitment Advisor +61 3 9479 1623.

To apply and to view position description please visit and search for job no. (552735) under current vacancies.

La Trobe is proud to be a member of the SAGE Athena SWAN program to advance gender equality in academia.