Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Senior Animal Technician

Location:
Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Department:
Animal Facility (AF)
Supporting Documentation:

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  • Innovative, collaborative and positive team-orientated environment
  • Modern, world-class facilities
  • Convenient Randwick location, close to transport

 

Children's Cancer Institute is wholly dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer and is the only medical research institute in Australia solely dedicated to this cause. We don't just hope to do it – we will do it, and we're looking for the brightest minds to help us get there. Children's Cancer Institute provides the best possible environment for our staff to thrive in, with state-of-the-art facilities at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Australia – one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

This position is a key research support position within the Core Services team. The Senior Animal Technician is responsible for the support of all researchers and Animal Technical staff through the monitoring of research models, maintenance, and breeding of all mouse colonies. Animal health and welfare is paramount, and the Senior Animal Technician will ensure that these values are carried through in all that they do with their excellent industry skills and knowledge. 

Research services is a key element of support in the facility and the Senior Animal Technician will be responsible for coordinating and providing this service. The Senior Animal Technician is responsible for the smooth operation and high-quality training in animal facility procedures, in accordance with CCI policies. In addition, the Senior Animal Technician works closely with various stakeholders throughout the institute and adheres to WH&S policies and procedures relevant to the use of CCIA laboratories.

The successful candidate MUST HAVE a minimum of 5 years’ experience operating in a similar role.

 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the welfare of CCI research animals
  • Responsible for the timely and adequate provision of animals for research at CCI, either by direct involvement or by working with the Animal Facility Coordinator to oversee colony breeding
  • Responsible for maintaining records and monitoring results required for working with animals in NSW
  • Responsible for the ordering of animals and consumables
  • Responsible for coordinating, providing and supporting Research Services as required
  • Responsible for staff adherence to all the relevant guidelines for working with animals in NSW. This includes but is not limited to the University of NSW animal ethics committee, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Australian Research and Review Panel and the National Health and Medical Research guidelines
  • Provides and supports the training of all staff and volunteers in required techniques
  • Provides and supports the mentoring, development and performance building of all Animal Facility staff and volunteers
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of health monitoring program.
  • Coordinates with the Animal Research Officer or Animal Facility Coordinator in order to maintain the health status of the animal facility at CCI
  • Participate in reviewing CCI ACEC applications and assist in the renewal process of animal ethics as required
  • Participate in the production of the annual budget as it relates to expenditure and capital equipment needs for the Animal Facility

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Tertiary Animal Science qualifications or equivalent experience

(TAFE and/or University)

  • 5+ years of animal technician experience
  • Demonstrated animal ethical and welfare knowledge
  • Experience in breeding colony management
  • Demonstrated technique competencies highly desirable - IP injection, IV injection, IV bleeds, Anaesthesia, Cardiac puncture, Abdominal palpation and surgical skills.
  • 1-2+ years in Training personnel in technical skills.
  • Knowledge of WH&S legislation, OGTR PC2 requirements
  • Strong Knowledge of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes
  • Strong computer and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Database skills highly desirable
  • Inventory management
  • Team player
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills

 

This is an excellent opportunity to work in an inspiring workplace. You'll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, competitive salary, salary packaging options, access to a leading EAP program and regular social activities. Join a group of dedicated people in a performance-driven environment to achieve success and discover what it's like to look forward to coming to work every day and make a real difference. We're looking for people who share our values of accountability, integrity and camaraderie, teamwork, sharing and excellence, success and satisfaction.

A detailed job description and additional information about Children's Cancer Institute can be found on our website at: www.childrenscancerinstitute.org.au. We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply, please click the 'APPLY' link and forward both your resume AND cover letter clearly addressing the qualifications, experience and skills required. Note: Applications will be reviewed prior to the closing date; which is dependent on the status of the recruitment process.