University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Associate Animal Technician


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  • UQ Biological Resources

  • Provide care and husbandry in the areas of rodent production

  • Partner with people educating future generations & solving the world's problems

  • Plan for your future with a generous 17% superannuation allowance

  • Based at our vibrant and conveniently located St Lucia campus. Other locations include Herston and Woolloongabba.

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    The Animal Attendant/Animal Technician provides care and husbandry to all animal breeding and stock holding colonies for The University of Queensland Biological Resources, ensuring their welfare needs are always met.

    You will primarily provide care and husbandry of genetically modified rodents in the facility breeding and research areas. Supporting the general care and monitoring of animals, you will assist with the daily operational requirements associated with maintaining the animal facility, carry-out research-associated procedures, and work within a team environment.

    You will also undertake cage cleaning/preparation, equipment processing, and waste management activities. This role involves a significant proportion of physical tasks involving lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying heavy equipment and supplies. Participate in weekend and public holiday rosters as required.

    Som key responsibilities include:

    HEW 2 Animal Attendant

  • Provide care and husbandry to laboratory animals predominantly laboratory rodents

  • Assist with Animal cage changing, sexing, and weaning of animals

  • Perform basic animal record keeping

  • Assisting in washroom duties e.g., Cage cleaning and preparation, packing of dry goods and follow UQ waste management processes

  • Ensuring the bio security of all animals holding facilities and cleanliness of all areas and equipment.

  • Additional HEW 3 Animal Technical Officer

  • Monitoring breeding performance of the stock, transgenic, and knockout lines of mice and maintaining their records

  • Generating pseudo-pregnant and timed mated females by checking plugs and recording results

  • Performing routine injections (IP, S/C)

  • Collection of blood samples for Health testing.

  • Conforming to microbiological control procedures for Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) and work in Approved Accredited (AA) area.

  • Monitoring of animal numbers according to ethical approval and recording weekly cage numbers for individual researchers.

  • This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to 12 months which includes participation on the weekend/public holiday roster.

    At HEW Level 2, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $58,409.08 - $59,812.75, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $68,338.62 - $69,980.92 annually.

    At HEW Level 3, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $60,940.83 - $67,229.06, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $71,300.77 - $78,658.00 annually.

    About You

    HEW 2 Animal Attendant

  • Completion of Certificate I or II level qualification in the animal industry or an equivalent combination of relevant work-related experience and/or Education/Training.

  • Able to demonstrate experience and interest in the care of animals.

  • Willingness to undergo a formal qualification in Laboratory animal technology industry.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with other team members.

  • Ability to follow directions and adhere to the assigned duty statement.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

  • Commitment to upholding the University's values, and with the outstanding personal qualities of openness, respectfulness, and integrity.

  • Additional HEW 3 Animal Technical Officer

  • Certificate III in Laboratory Animal Technology (TAFE QLD) or interstate equivalent.

  • Demonstrated experience in small laboratory animal care facilities.

  • At least 2 years of experience with animal house procedures and small laboratory animal handling techniques.

  • Demonstrated experience and competence with routine techniques in rodents (injections, sample collection, and euthanasia).

  • Demonstrated understanding of industry regulatory requirements e.g., OH&S, OGTR, DAFF, and AEC regulatory requirements.

  • Ability to effectively plan and prioritise own workload, work independently and meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Medical Clearance: It is a condition of employment for this role you complete a satisfactory medical clearance(s), including disclosure of relevant medical history, to undertake such work without unreasonable risk to your health and safety. Additionally, you are required to fully comply with necessary ongoing health monitoring procedures and control measures.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Maya Patrick at [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • A separate document addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Thursday, 28 September at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-30264).

    Job details


    Associate Animal Technician


    University of Queensland




    September 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    September 28, 2023

    Job type



    Biology,Medicine,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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