Animal Technical Assistant

University of Queensland
November 20, 2023
Offerd Salary:$68,735
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Contract Type:fixed term position
Working Time:Full time
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  • UQ Biological Resources

  • Provide care and husbandry to laboratory animals

  • Be part of a dynamic and innovative research community

  • Belong to a vibrant community where your work genuinely makes an impact

  • Work at our conveniently located St Lucia campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    The Animal Technical Assistant supports research at The University of Queensland through the caring and husbandry of animals, performing technical tasks related to animal handling and research protocols and assisting in breeding stock management.

    This opportunity will be located in the Queensland Brain Institute Research Animal Facility (QBI).

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing care and husbandry to laboratory animals predominantly laboratory rodents

  • Colony Management, monitoring breeding performance of stock, transgenic and knockout lines of mice and maintaining records

  • Perform both routine and specialised procedures associated with research using animals.

  • Cage cleaning and preparation and use of cleaning and sterilising equipment

  • Assist with animal ethics committee applications. Undertake experimental procedures in accordance with approval conditions, assist with, and ensure compliance with any associated regulatory and reporting requirements.

  • This is a full-time, fixed term position through to 30 October 2024.

    At HEW level 4, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $68,735.35 - $72,968.15, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $80,420.36 - $85,372.74 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    About You
  • Completion of a Diploma or Certificate III level qualification in the animal technology industry or other related fields, or an equivalent combination of relevant work-related experience and/or Education/Training.

  • Demonstrated significant experience in small laboratory animal care, husbandry and facility operations.

  • Demonstrated experience and competence with techniques in rodents (injections, sample collection, surgery and euthanasia)

  • Demonstrated clear and professional written and spoken communication skills, including the ability to advise research, veterinary support team and the animal facility staff by email, phone or in-person.

  • Completion of inductions and the ability to present information and written reports.

  • Ability to effectively plan and prioritise own time and tasks and work flexibility across different areas of the facility based on general direction from supervisors.

  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously.

  • Demonstrated experience in supervision and training of staff/students and researchers.

  • Commitment to upholding the University's values, and with the outstanding personal qualities of openness, respectfulness and integrity.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Medical Clearance: It is a condition of employment for this role you complete a satisfactory medical clearance(s), including disclosure of relevant medical history, to undertake such work without unreasonable risk to your health and safety. Additionally, you are required to fully comply with necessary ongoing health monitoring procedures and control measures.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Kristina Basic at [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Monday, 20 November at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-31908).

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