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Animal Technician Team Leader

Posted date: 27 / 06 / 2022

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI506
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Sunday, 28 Aug 2022
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Full-Time 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.

This role is ideal for an experienced senior animal technician looking to secure the next step in their career. The successful candidate will have a range of development opportunities and mentoring available to continue their growth and career progression.

You will supervise and lead a team of dedicated and highly skilled animal technicians providing husbandry and care for laboratory animals and ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare and facility hygiene are maintained at all times in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

You’ll assist Bioresources Management in ensuring all equipment, staff, and operational procedures are in place to ensure welfare and research needs are met at all times.

You will work closely with other Bioresources staff on a day-to-day basis as well as interacting with users of the facility.

About the role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the day-to-day work of animal technicians
  • Organise and implement checks and cage change rosters and schedules
  • Undertake and supervise regular animal room and procedure room checks including support areas
  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate records are managed, monitored and maintained
  • Undertake all animal related duties and responsibilities to the highest of ethical and animal care standards and in compliance with legislation and SOPs
  • Conduct inductions for new staff
  • Provide on-the-job training and mentoring of staff in facility processes and SOPs

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • Tertiary Animal Science qualifications or equivalent experience (TAFE and/or University).
  • 5+ years of animal technician experience highly desirable
  • Previous experience in supervising and leading a team an advantage
  • Demonstrated animal ethical and welfare knowledge
  • Demonstrated ability to organise work effectively
  • Working knowledge of rodents (mice and rats), breeding systems, and animal
  • Ability to innovate and take responsibility for outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities within own area of responsibility

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.

Remuneration for the role includes a base salary commensurate with skills and experience, plus super. Additionally, as a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees are able to 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 Anna Acuna at


Applications close: 11:29pm ACST, Sunday 28 August 2022

Previous applicants need not apply.


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, 28 Aug 2022


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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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