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Animal Ethics Officer

Posted date: 23 / 11 / 2022

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI552
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Wednesday, 07 Dec 2022
  • Contact Leanne.Sutherland@sahmri.com
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Full-Time, 2 Year Contract

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.

You’ll work closely with the Research Office to provide administrative and high-level secretarial support to SAHMRI’s Animal Ethics Committee in relation to animal ethics applications and animal ethics more broadly at the Institute.

About the role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provision of high-level secretarial support to the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) including:
    • Schedule meetings, prepare agendas, minutes, amendments, and annual report for the AEC.
    • Perform follow-up actions resulting from committee discussions and decisions.
    • Ensure operating guidelines of the AEC are followed and the committee works within the requirements of the South Australian Animal Welfare Act 1985 and the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th Edition (2013).
    • Liaise with researchers to provide advice and ensure correct lodgement of applications and amendments for committee consideration as appropriate to ensure an efficient use of the committee’s time.
  • Provision of high-level and professional advice to researchers and ethics applicants
    • Interpret ethics and related guidelines and legislation, respond to internal and external enquiries, and advise researchers, ethics committee members and other as relevant.
    • Contribute to the development of the ethics web sites, training materials and information systems.

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • Tertiary qualification or equivalent education and/or experience is desirable
  • Experience in ethics and compliance administration, including interpreting relevant rules, guidelines and legislation is desirable
  • Excellent attention to detail, highly organised, methodical, and able to meet multiple deadlines, with a key commitment to quality.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work demands, working with a variety of situations and people.
  • Experience in a confidential administration role in a health / scientific / medical environment.
  • Experience providing effective committee secretariat functions.
  • Experience in animal research, welfare and/or ethics.

Special Requirements

  • Some out of hours work may be required.


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.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees can access salary packaging options up to $15,900. Salary packaging lets you pay for things like the everyday costs of living with money from your salary before tax. This reduces your taxable income, meaning you could pay less tax and take home more of what you earn. For more information on salary packaging please see the Maxxia website.

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

For more information, please contact Leanne Sutherland, Leanne.Sutherland@sahmri.com


Applications close: 11:29pm ACDT 7 December


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 Wednesday, 07 Dec 2022

Contact Leanne.Sutherland@sahmri.com

Apply now

Equity & Diversity at SAHMRI

At SAHMRI, we live our commitment to equity and diversity every day: respecting people as individuals and valuing differences to create a working environment that is fair and flexible, promotes personal and professional growth and benefits from the capabilities of a diverse workforce.

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