Material Support Handler

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Research, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime

  • UQ Biological Resources

  • Be a part of the dedicated support for research involving animal models

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

  • 2 Positions available at St Lucia and Woolloongabba

About This Opportunity

We are looking to recruit two enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals to join our Biological Resources team in a Material Support Handler role. We have a vacancies available at:  

  • Translational Research Institute Biological Research Animal Facility (TRI BRF) based at Woolloongabba.

  • Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence Research Animal Facility (PACE) based at St Lucia.

You will support the facility by preparing animal cages, feed and water, completing room and equipment checks, reporting maintenance and liaising with trades staff, ordering general consumables and keeping inventories. You will also undertake material handling procedures and adhere to regulations and policies.

It is critical you have a strong team ethic and excellent verbal and written communication skills as you will provide facility support to the animal care team, ensuring supplies and equipment are ready as needed, cleaning and general equipment maintenance, record keeping and waste disposal.

Within the PACE Facility Animal care and husbandry is an additional requirement of the role, on an adhoc basis and all training will be provided. 

Some key responsibilities include:

  • Sterilization of cages, equipment and dry goods for use within the Research and Breeding wings.

  • Work as an effective team member, encouraging a team approach in line with the facility operations.

  • Lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying heavy equipment and supplies.

  • Liaise with stores personnel to oversee food, bedding and general supply receipt and distribution.

  • Adhere to waste disposal practices, ensuring that all goods are disposed of as required.

  • Perform basic animal care and husbandry duties as required.

  • Participate in weekend and Public Holiday rosters.

These are full-time, fixed-term positions for up to 3 years.

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

  • Completion of a Certificate III level qualification; or completion of year 12 or a cert II, with relevant work experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant work-related experience and/or education/training

  • Demonstrated experience with working effectively in a team environment.

  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Effective time management and organisation skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with wide variety of people including supervisors, team members and internal/external personnel (such as stores of maintenance staff) by telephone, email and in person.

  • Ability to prioritise own workload, work independently and meet deadlines.

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.


For more information about these opportunities, please contact:

  • (PACE at St Lucia) Lisa Foster at

  • (TRI at Woolloongabba) Karen Knox at

For application queries, please contact 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 addressing the ‘About You’ section  

  • Resume 

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

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 our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

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 Sunday, 21 May at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-25071).

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