Research Animal Technician

Job No: GC201976
Location: Darlinghurst


The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes, with over 600 scientists, students and support staff. We pioneer study into the most widespread diseases affecting our community today, including cancer, diabetes and obesity, neurodegenerative diseases, disorders of the immune system, osteoporosis and other skeletal disorders.

Research in Bone Biology is focused on examining novel pathways which regulate bone homeostasis, exploring new mechanisms for auto-inflammatory diseases and understanding how cancers grow in bone, particularly multiple myeloma, and breast and prostate cancer bone metastases. Our work is based on the development of some of the most robust experimental models available and our research goals are underpinned by ‘state-of-the-art’ imaging technology, including two-photon intra-vital imaging, three-dimensional bioluminescence imaging technology and ex vivo and in vivo radiography and micro-CT imaging.

The Opportunity

The post holder will be responsible for supporting numerous bone research projects, providing expertise to perform animal based studies. This includes colony management, animal interventions and surgery, sample preparation for MicroCT, histology, sample storage and record keeping. The Research Technician is also responsible for the general lab duties assigned. This role is crucial to the ongoing success of a number of funded projects. The post-holder will also work on a number of specific research projects in conjunction with Bone Biology group and team leaders. 

The Research Technician has the following responsibilities:

  • Animal procedures (injections, uCT and IVIS scanning, basic surgical procedures),
  • Animal monitoring and colony management
  • Maintain high level record keeping using Stuart Database and Lab Archives
  • Organ and tissue collection and (initial) processing for various types of laboratory analysis (uCT, Histology, cell culture, FACS)
  • In vivo uCT mouse scanning and ex vivo uCT scanning of bone samples
  • In vivo IVIS and Faxitron/DEXA mouse scanning
  • Processing and analysis of data acquired from Faxitron, DEXA and IVIS scans
  • General lab upkeep - stock up supplies/tips/empty bins

About You

You will have the following skills and experience:

  • An appropriate TAFE diploma or bachelor of science qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Laboratory experience
  • Experience with animal handling, surgery, procedures
  • Specimen handling and preparation for laboratory based analyses
  • Computer skills essential for word processing, data analysis and presentation
  • High level time management skills to handle work load from 3-4 independent groups with interests in Bone Biology.
  • Effective communication skills, able to take active part in group discussions and strategy meetings with senior members of the research team
  • Experience with preparation of animal ethics reports and applications (desirable)
  • Playing a role in the function of lab facilities such as inventory control and laboratory maintenance.
  • Capacity to train current and new staff in animal handling, procedures and record keeping using Stuart Databases.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources, and plan and progress work activities.
  • Maintain high attention to detail, high quality record keeping and show capacity to prioritise workload well.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the Garvan Careers site via the link below. Applications from other sites/channels will unfortunately not be considered.

Your application should include: 

  • A cover letter
  • Your resume including at least 2 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts

This full-time position is offered on a 1-year term in the first instance with potential to extend.


Closing Date

This role will remain open until filled. As we will be reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.

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