Casual Animal Technician

Job No: GC201978
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.  Garvan's mission is to make significant contributions to medical research that will change the directions of science and medicine and have major impacts on human health. Garvan strives to enhance and develop research programs that combine fundamental science with strong clinical interactions.  Research at Garvan is focused upon understanding the role of genes and molecular and cellular processes in health and disease as the basis for developing future preventions, treatments and cures. 

The Biological Testing Facility (BTF) at Garvan is a centralised Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) facility with housing and phenotypic analysis of small rodents and zebrafish. BTF staff are trained in the care and husbandry of these animals and the facility offers full-time veterinary support. The facility contains specialised equipment for phenotyping genetically modified mice including the oxymax indirect calorimetry, dexascan along with other specialised facilities/equipment to assist with biomedical research including in vivo animal imaging, irradiator, PC2 rodent facilities, variable temperature, reverse light cycle room and the behavioural phenotyping facility. 

The Opportunity

We are now seeking a Casual Animal Technician to provide for the care and maintenance of animals used in medical research and to indirectly support research staff involved in animal research. Key responsibilities include husbandry of mice and zebrafish colonies, cage and room hygiene, record keeping, adherence to ethical standards and welfare procedures, and basic manipulation techniques (e.g. injections, bleeding techniques, substance administration, euthanasia, post mortems, administration of anaesthesia, minor surgery).

This position will initially be offered on a casual basis, with view to full-time. 

About You

To be successful in this role, you will need to possess the following skills and experience:

  • While no formal qualifications are required, a willingness to undertake relevant technical qualifications is desirable and relevant TAFE qualifications are preferred
  • Strong commitment to animal welfare and care
  • Good knowledge of the husbandry, housing and breeding requirements of laboratory rodents and zebrafish
  • General experience in handling rodents
  • Possess basic manipulation skills or the ability to learn
  • Excellent attention to detail and observational skills, and initiative to correct defects
  • Efficient record keeping and organisational skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

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

Only applicants with working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.

Closing Date

This role will close on July 19, 2019. As we will be reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.

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