Animal Technician - Small Animal Facility

Date Posted: 15 Jan 2024

Location: Geelong, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity​​​

  • Work with a dedicated team of professionals on various animal research projects
  • Apply your understanding of animal welfare issues in a research setting
  • Support ACDP's work in infectious diseases & their impact both nationally & globally


We are seeking an Animal Technician to assist in the Small Animal Facility (SAF) at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) Geelong.  The SAF provides critical expertise to support ACDP’s world-leading capability in disease pathogenesis, most notably in the area of emergency animal diseases (including serious zoonoses), animal infection models and the development and testing of vaccines and therapeutics to prevent and/or mitigate the impact of infectious diseases.  As an Animal Technician on the SAF team, you will join a group of skilled technical staff that contribute to various animal research projects and provide support to diagnostic services to ensure the best possible outcomes for the research and for animal welfare.

In this role, you will provide animal husbandry, collect biological samples and data, conduct routine equipment maintenance checks, and keep accurate records.  A high level of communication, the ability to work independently and with a team, as well as a genuine interest in, and ability to, provide quality care for all animals within the facility are essential for success in this role.  Weekend and out-of-hours work will be required on a rostered basis.

Your duties will include:

  • Applying up to date, best practice knowledge of husbandry, health monitoring and behaviour of laboratory animal species in day-to-day activities.
  • Collecting biological samples such as blood and tissues from various species of animals, daily monitoring and husbandry of all animals and maintenance of the facility space and equipment.
  • Undertaking routine maintenance and checks on equipment and the facility space such as emergency alarm checks, restocking of spaces with consumables, cleaning and disinfecting rooms, equipment and enclosures, recording of all checks on equipment such as egg incubators/hatchers and fridges located within the Facility to ensure that they meet animal welfare and staff safety requirements.
  • Designing new processes or apparatus by adapting existing techniques and components to meet special circumstances or undertaking modifications to methods requiring some innovation.


Location: Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), Geelong, VIC

Salary: AU$68k - AU$86k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite / Fulltime plus some weekend overtime

Reference: 95603


To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree, such as animal related science or agriculture, or substantial experience.
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated hands on experience and competency in sample collection & various techniques on both live and humanely euthanised animals.
  • Understanding of the Victorian Animal Code of Practice for Animal Welfare, and the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes and how these are applied in a research setting.
  • Understanding of, and a genuine interest in, animal welfare issues and the ability to rectify any identified issues without delay, including following appropriate reporting lines where necessary.
  • The ability to keep clear and accurate records, demonstrating organisation and attention to detail.
  • Sound knowledge of MS-Word, MS-Excel, and Outlook.
  • Physically fit to undertake manual handling tasks.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.



Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, and Australian Permanent Residents only. Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.


Applications Close

15 February 2024, 11:00pm AEDT.

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