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17 Jan
Senior Animal Technician

The role

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute maintains facilities for genetically modified rodents, where a high quality of animal care is coupled with excellent services for research.

As Senior Animal Technician, you will work as part of a skilled and dedicated animal care team who use the latest technology in housing and equipment to provide support for research into cardiac disease and development.

In particular, the Senior Animal Technician will be responsible for providing professional care (husbandry, breeding, cleaning cages and equipment) for all animal species where mice and rats are the major species, but also involving duties in the aquaria housing zebrafish and aquatic frogs.

This is a permanent, full-time role on a 7-day rotating roster, therefore availability on some weekends and public holidays is required to ensure the continuity of care for animals in the facility.​

What we will trust you with

  • Professional animal care including provision of food, water and clean housing materials

  • Perform animal necropsy, biopsy, blood collection and other invasive procedures

  • Animal husbandry including management of breeding colonies​

  • Training and supervising of more junior staff

  • Liaising with researchers to optimise the health and welfare of animals under study

  • Maintenance and operation of washing and sterilising equipment

  • Maintenance of clean environments, including materials and equipment

  • Compliance with regulations concerning animal ethics, gene technology, quarantine, and Work, Health & Safety

  • Accurate recordkeeping and administrative responsibilities, such as breeding, sample submission and animal usage

  • Assist research staff with animal issuance, handling and experimental procedures as directed by senior BioCORE staff.

  • Restock consumables and maintain procedure rooms.

  • Perform euthanasia, as required

Does this sound like you? ​

You are an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a passion for animal care, committed to progressing your career in the laboratory animal field and with established skills and experience in a research facility setting. You have impeccable attention to detail and are comfortable with electronic record management and email communications. 

  • Currently possess tertiary qualifications in animal science, animal technology, biological science, vet nursing, animal husbandry or a related field

  • ​Prior experience working in animal research facilities

  • Some leadership or supervisory experience

  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team

  • Effective time management

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to interact and maintain good relationships with diverse members of an organisation.

  • Genuine interest in working with rodents/small animals with a caring approach

  • Availability on weekends and public holidays

  • Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency

About us

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (the Institute) is dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease and is one of the most respected heart research facilities in the world. Renowned for the quality of its breakthroughs, the Institute was established in 1994 and has grown to a team of more than 200 researchers from around the globe, working across five divisions.

A global centre-of-excellence, it integrates Cardiac Physiology and Transplantation, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology, as well as Vascular Biology. At the Institute, we translate our discoveries into new diagnostics, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease - reducing the incidence, severity, and impact of heart disease.  ​

​​What you will be proud of

Being part of an Institute that is not only dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease, but one that also strives to ensure our employees and students enjoy a great working environment. We value and are committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces diversity, gender equity and promote flexible working arrangements for all employees.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. We also welcome applicants with diverse educational backgrounds, professional knowledge, personality types, thinking styles and life experiences. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

​What we offer

  • Base salary of $75,995 - $82,420​ + 14% super (depending on experience)

  • Salary packaging (up to $15,900 per annum plus $2,650 for meals and entertainment)

  • State of the art facilities

  • Stimulating work setting focused on cutting edge medical research

  • Collaborative team environment

  • Diverse and inclusive workforce

  • Continuous learning and development opportunities

​Come and work with us & help make a difference.