Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Animal Technician

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

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

Do you want to be part of a purpose-driven organisation? Do you have a passion to help us beat the devastating disease that is cancer and help save children’s lives?

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 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 within the Core Services team. Animal Technicians are responsible for the day to day support and operations of all animal facility programs.

In addition, this position is responsible for the smooth operation and high-quality training in animal facility procedures in accordance with CCIA policies. Animal health and welfare is paramount, and the Animal Technician will ensure that these values are carried through in all that they do with their excellent industry skills and knowledge. The Animal Technician team are supervised by the Senior Animal Technician on a daily basis and report to the Animal Facility Coordinator.

Animal Technicians work closely with various stakeholders throughout the institute and follows all relevant policies and procedures related to the use of CCIA laboratories as well as adherence to WH&S policies and procedures as they directly relate to the labs.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the welfare of CCI research animals
  • Supports the timely and adequate provision of animals for research at CCI, either by direct involvement or by working with the Animal Facility Coordinator/Snr Animal Technician to oversee colony breeding
  • Responsible for maintaining records and monitoring results required for working with animals in NSW
  • Contribute to research project requirements as needed.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of health monitoring programs in order to maintain the health status of the animal facility at CCI
  • Maintain the WH&S culture within CCI’s animal facility, ensuring all relevant policies and procedures are followed, thereby promoting a safe working environment
  • Work closely with the Core Services team and affiliated organisations in order to maximise an optimal working environment for both researchers and the scientific support staff
  • Responsible for staff adherence to all the relevant guidelines for working with animals in NSW.
  • Develop, implement and maintain all relevant policies and procedures as they relate to the animal facility and the management thereof
  • Manage relationships with all third party suppliers as they relate to equipment/consumables purchase and maintenance agreement negotiation and execution
  • Promote and develop relationships with affiliated organisations as they relate to Animal Facility activities.
  • Participation in weekend work where required
  • Other duties as requested by Core Services staff within competencies



Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Tertiary Animal Science qualifications or equivalent experience (TAFE and/or University)
  • Demonstrated animal ethical and welfare knowledge
  • Breeding colony experience
  • Demonstrated technique competencies highly desirable - IP injection, IV injection, IV bleeds, Anaesthesia, Cardiac puncture, Abdominal palpation
  • 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
  • Team player
  • Excellent organisational 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: 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.