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

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to curing childhood cancer and one of the leading medical childhood cancer research institutes worldwide. Our vision is to save the lives of all children with cancer and improve their long-term health, 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 with state-of-the-art facilities at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Australia – one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

We currently have an opportunity for an Animal Technician to join our team on a full-time fixed-term basis with the potential to extend. This position is 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. 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.

This position requires excellent teamwork and communication skills, adaptability, meticulous attention to detail, and close adherence to deadlines.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the welfare of CCIA animals.
  • Responsible for adhering to the health monitoring programs and policies in order to maintain the health status of the animal facility at CCIA.
  • Establish and maintain an OH&S culture within CCIA’s animal facility, ensuring all relevant policies and procedures are followed, thereby promoting a safe working environment.
  • Work closely with the Core Services team in order to maximise an optimal working environment for both researchers and the scientific support staff.
  • Responsible for adhering 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.
  • Raise any repair or maintenance issues in the facility, passing this information onto the Senior Animal Technician or Animal Facility Coordinator in a timely fashion.
  • Participation in weekend work where it is requested by the Animal Facility Coordinator.
  • Participate in the washing, autoclaving and packing of all materials required for the efficient functioning of the facility.
  • Participate in the changing of animal cages when required.
  • Assist the Animal Technicians with the identification of animals by the most appropriate method.

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  •  Qualification in a related discipline or equivalent experience.
  • 3-5+ years of animal technician experience highly desirable
  • 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
  • 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

Children’s Cancer Institute is strongly committed to the growth of their employees, so all team members can fulfil their aspirations. You'll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, a competitive salary, salary packaging options, on-site parking 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. Please note: only shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.