Animal Technician - Cancer

Job No: GC201846
Location: Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW

At Garvan, our research is focussed upon understanding the role of genes and molecular and cellular processes in health and disease as the basis for developing future preventions, treatments and cures. Our scientists are researchers who work towards making significant breakthroughs in scientific discovery to positively impact human health.

Connie Johnson Breast Cancer Research Laboratory

The Connie Johnson Lab at Garvan is looking for a skilled and committed Animal Technician to join the team. The primary goal of our laboratory is to improve the outcomes of patients with breast cancer. Our research is patient focussed, and we engage patients as partners in this endeavour, through initiatives such as Project SHARE (Specimens Help All Research Efforts), whereby patients are asked to donate their breast cancer and metastatic tissue for research purposes. The breast cancer tissue bank is a major initiative, and used for the establishment of patient-derived tumour xenografts in mice, which are used for the evaluation of novel therapies. A major focus of our group is to identify novel therapies and to overcome resistance to endocrine therapies.

The Opportunity

The Animal Technician’s primary functions are to provide routine day-to-day monitoring of animals used in medical research, carry out basic animal procedures and data collection, and to support research staff involved in animal research. 

This role is full-time for an initial one-year contract. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a social, inspiring workplace, located in modern state-of-the-art offices with on-site café and close to public transport and restaurants. You will be joining a professional and well-established team and rewarded with a competitive salary, not-for-profit tax-free benefits and 10% superannuation. 

The successful candidate must possess the following attributes:

  • Relevant qualifications such as TAFE diploma or equivalent in animal technology
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to animal welfare
  • General experience in handling rodents
  • Basic knowledge of the husbandry, housing and breeding requirements of lab animals
  • Basic manipulation skills (i.e. injection technique, euthanasia) or ability to learn
  • Excellent attention to detail and observational skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Reliable, patient and trustworthy
  • The ability to work individually or as a member of a team

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the Garvan Careers site:  

Please prepare and submit your application as per the directions below: 

  • A cover letter
  • CV including 3 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts

Closing Date

Applications close 16 February 2017.

However applications will be reviewed as they are received, as such you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

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