Animal Behavioural Facility Assistant and Compliance Officer

Brisbane, Australia
03 May 2018
End of advertisement period
20 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. We aim to understand the neural circuits in the brain, how their function results in behavioural outcomes, and how dysfunction of these circuits leads to disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. We aim to (1) Develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat disorders of neural function and (2) Use our understanding of brain function to improve learning in classrooms and in the workplace.

Established in 2003, QBI is housed on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders.

Over the past decade QBI has become known as one of the world’s leading neuroscience research institutes. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in both the 2010, 2012, and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

Information about the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at

QBI Animal Behaviour and Surgery Facility

The ABF provides sound attenuated facilities to study behaviour in mice and rats. The wide range of available equipment allows comprehensive characterization of rodent models of various neurological diseases starting from general characterization all the way to learning, memory and cognitive functions. There are more than 40 different behavioural tests and procedures available for researchers with the vast majority of them utilising modern automated running/scoring/tracking systems; most of these systems support export of data into MS Excel or MS Access Databases. The surgical suites include multiple stereotaxic surgery stations, viral injection capabilities and in utero electroporation facilities.

The role

The successful appointee will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the Animal Behavioural Facility, including maintenance of equipment, management of booking system, working with research scientists for training in techniques and be involved in conducting experimnets. This role will also provide scientific support to the laboratories and conduct WHS audits and reports.  

The person

Applicants should possess a BSc in a relevant discipline, with subsequent relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. We are seeking candidates with experience in relevant behavioural techniques, animal handling (mice and/or rats) and a good understanding of current animal ethics requirements and OH&S principals and practices. You should have the ability to solve problems, work in a flexible, well-organised and efficient manner and have the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support. 

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 12 months (initially) at HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,597 - $72,348 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,579 - $84,648 p.a.).

Position Description

Download File 504385_ABF Assistant.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Clare Seaman on +61 7 334 66410 or

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