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Animal Care Technician - Level 1

Posted date: 13 / 01 / 2022

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI465
  • Employment type CA - Casual
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Sunday, 30 Jan 2022
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Two Roles Available

At the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.

We are looking for two motivated Animal Care Technicians (Level 1) to join the SAHMRI Bioresources team. The Bioresources team are dedicated to providing day-to-day husbandry and care for laboratory animals within the Bioresources animal facility, ensuring high standards of animal welfare and facility hygiene are maintained at all times in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

The position will work closely with other Bioresources staff on a day-to-day basis. The role will also interact with users of the facility.

About the role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Undertake all animal related duties and responsibilities to the highest of ethical and animal care standards and in compliance with legislation and SOPs
  • Day-to-day care of laboratory rodents (mice and rats) including cage changing, food and water provision and daily health checks.
  • Weaning and sexing of animals including collection of biopsy tissues for genotyping as required
  • Basic animal recording
  • Basic manipulation techniques as required such as handling/ restraining, injections, euthanasia
  • Perform routine housekeeping duties to maintain work area including laundering of used scrubs, gowns and socks and stocking them appropriately
  • Cleaning and general upkeep of animal holding and procedural areas

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • Tertiary Animal Science qualifications or equivalent experience (TAFE and/or University).
  • Strong understanding of the principles of animal welfare
  • Strong commitment to animal welfare and care
  • General experience in handling rodents is desirable
  • Have a demonstrated capacity to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Ability to prioritise and adhere to strict timelines
  • Meticulous documentation of information either written or electronic databases
  • Basic computer skills
  • Strong customer focus and commitment to quality

Special Requirements

  • Compliance with SAHMRI Immunisation Policy and COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.
  • Some out of hours’ work or participation in a weekend and public holiday roster may be required.
  • Tasks to be undertaken are of a physical and repetitive nature.
  • This position requires a pre-employment medical examination to determine suitability for the physical requirements of the role.
  • This position is not suitable for individuals with existing allergic conditions


Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of Excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

For the safety and wellbeing of our employees and our community you will need to comply with SAHMRI’s Immunisation Policy which includes, wherever possible, that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please contact us if you have any queries specific to your circumstances.

For a copy of the position description, please click here.

For more information, please contact Anna Acuna at


Applications close: 11:29pm ACDT Sunday 30 January 2022


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program. We have been awarded Bronze status for our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM.

Applications close Sunday, 30 Jan 2022


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