Animal Technician (HEO 4)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 30 Nov 2022

  • Based in Research and Innovation Services at the City West Campus
  • Full-time, continuing position
  • Commencement Salary: $67,739 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Role 

This position ensures that all animals used in research at the University of South Australia are housed and cared for in accordance with best practice and legislative requirements. The position is also responsible for providing research animal care, supporting the day to day operations of the Core Animal Facility, and ensuring users/visitors comply with Facility policies and procedures and legislative requirements.

About UniSA

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

The Unit of Research and Innovation Services provides support for the management of research and administers internal and national competitive research grants. It is also responsible for ensuring the responsible and ethical conduct of research, for the management of centralised research facilities and for developing and implementing strategic initiatives to improve the quality of the experience and outcomes for postgraduate research students.

The Core Animal Facility is a state of the art purpose-built facility to house and care for animals used for research purposes. 

Core Responsibilities 

  • In accordance with the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, Commonwealth, State and University requirements, undertake daily animal husbandry duties including feeding, cleaning and housing of animals, including infection control procedures, autoclaving and undertaking breeding of specific lines where required
  • Perform a range of duties including preparation for surgery, participating in animal experiments and post-mortems, providing post-operative care, gavage feeding, and venepuncture and injection procedures
  • Ensure quality control of the animals including health monitoring, daily observation and clinical examination for abnormality or disease and assist researchers in monitoring of health status and application of treatment where necessary. Liaise with researchers regarding the condition of their animals
  • Assist researchers in monitoring of health status and application of treatment where necessary
  • Enter accurate and detailed records of all animal experimental procedures, animal numbers, and experimental lines to ensure compliance with the UniSA Animal Ethics Committee (AEC), the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) and Department of Agriculture Approved Arrangement requirements. Report any non-compliances to the Training and Compliance Officer

Essential Skills and Experience 
  • A qualification relevant to laboratory animal care (e.g. Diploma in Animal Technology) and demonstrated experience working in an animal facility
  • Demonstrated skills in laboratory animal care (including handling, breeding, and injections) and a good understanding of ethical issues and animal welfare in a research/laboratory environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of WHS guidelines inherent to laboratory and research activities
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing and maintaining quality systems and the ability to participate in continuous improvement processes
  • An understanding of stock control and purchasing procedures


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as: 

  • Access to great personal development opportunities 
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17% 
  • Flexible working conditions 
  • Employee assistance and development programs 
  • Staff study support 


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment.  Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results. 

How to Apply 

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA .  The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.  

Please address your cover letter to Kiara Lalli, Consultant: Recruitment Central.  For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 4716

Applications close: 11.30pm Wednesday 30 November 2022

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment. 


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UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive enterprising culture in which everyone can thrive.

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