- Based at our Burwood campus
- Full time, CDD until December 2022
- HEW 5 $71,467 + 17% superannuation
Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool and the online Cloud Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.
The Animal Services team is responsible for supporting researchers using animals within the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, committee requirements of animal ethics of the university, of the department of employments, Constituencies and regions and the Office of regulation of genetic technology.
The Animal Technician position provides assistance that ensures animal welfare and maintains the validity of scientific work. In this role, you will provide day-to-day technical support to research staff and students, manage rodent breeding programs, maintain auditable records, and provide day-to-day care of all animals within the Burwood Animal Facility , under the general supervision of the Senior Technical Officer, Laboratory Species. The position also offers the opportunity to be trained in minor surgeries.
Whether you acquired your animal husbandry skills in a medical research center with experimental rodents or applied your practical knowledge and technical skills in animal husbandry and technology in a higher education or research setting, you will work according to the highest possible animal welfare standards to carry out sanitation, maintenance and related activities for animals. As the role will require you to manage breeding programs for genetically modified mice, an understanding of breeding transgenic lines, combined with demonstrated skill in surgery with laboratory rodents, will be considered favorably.
Your main responsibilities will include the duty to:
- Model professional and ethical behaviors, supporting the use of animals for research and teaching and ensuring that animal research facilities are maintained and operate to the standards expected of a research institution. leading research
- Manage the ethically sound husbandry of all allocated animals in accordance with standard operating procedures and relevant protocols, ensuring they are observed daily to assess health, ecological conditions, social environment and ensure clean feeding, water and an enriched environment
- Manage mouse breeding programs, in particular with crossing of transgenic lines to meet experimental requirements
- Consult available sources to gather relevant information and seek the expertise and advice of others as appropriate, including senior members of the animal services team
- Understand local processes, prepare standard documents, manage records (including animal history), regularly monitor task progress and identify key issues
- Engage in process improvement activities and adopt new ideas, approaches and changes to work practices
- Take personal responsibility and demonstrate initiative to achieve goals and objectives contributing to an inclusive team environment
- Clarify expectations and respond promptly to customer requests, queries or complaints to ensure customer needs are met in accordance with agreed standards and timelines
To be successful, you will:
- Degree in animal studies or a relevant discipline, including laboratory animal studies, with substantial relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Demonstrated experience caring for animals, e.g. laboratory rodents, including the application of surgical skills
- Knowledge of the use of animals in research and teaching across a wide range of disciplines and a proven ability to work successfully within a high performing research team
- Ability to understand the requirements of relevant Commonwealth and State legislation and external regulatory authorities or funding bodies
Ideally, the successful candidate will also have the following (desirable):
- Experience in performing functional tests, especially those related to neurology and muscle physiology
- In situ electrical stimulation
- Experiment of implanting osmotic pumps in mice
- First aid training
- Understanding of the components of disease and health condition with the ability to recognize signs or symptoms of disease and ill health
Please submit your updated CV and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience for this role before May 26, 2022.
For confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact David Taylor in the first instance via [email protected]
Please note that we are currently prioritizing applications from those who currently have employment rights in Australia for this fixed term position.
Deakin University job offers are conditional on the candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt and providing satisfactory proof. You can view a copy of the University’s COVID-19 vaccination procedure.
Are you ready?
Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.
We understand that our reputation rests on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse work environment with opportunities for growth and career development. We believe that a progressive and thriving culture will ensure people choose to come and stay with Deakin and contribute to our continued success.
We value diversity and aim to create an inclusive environment that defends, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientations and genders.