Animal Technician - Cancer Cell Plasticity

Job No: GC201962
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW

Are you looking for a fulfilling role that contributes to a broader purpose?

At Garvan, we see the big picture of health and disease. Our research is finding real treatments for the world’s major diseases. We study the interlinked causes from genetics to lifestyle and diet — and we collaborate across the spectrum of health and biology. We harness the information of the genome to predict, diagnose, prevent and treat disease — and realise our vision of a future where everyone lives longer, healthier lives.

Your role in our future

Cancer Cell Plasticity directs research into the mechanisms driving the progression of cancers from benign to metastatic disease. We use in vitro and in vivo models of tumourigenicity, and place a strong emphasis on clinically focused laboratory research in partnership with patients who donate their tissues for scientific discovery. A major focus of this work is to discover molecular mechanisms that enable breast cancers to progress to an advanced disease stage and become chemoresistant.

The Animal Technician reports to Dr Chaffer and is responsible for animal monitoring, housing maintenance, surgeries, tumour monitoring, and endpoint analyses.


The key responsibilities include:

  • Daily animal monitoring, housing, cage cleaning, reporting.
  • Animal surgeries including mammary fat pad implantation, subcutaneous, implantation, tail vein injections
  • Drug administration: oral gavage, intraperitoneal injections
  • Tumour monitoring, caliper measurements
  • Experimental database maintenance
  • Experimental planning
  • Endpoint analyses: animal harvest, tumour harvest, organ harvest
  • Tissue processing: tumour/organ digestions, preparation for paraffin embedding, frozen viable tissue collection
  • Collating and recording experimental data accurately
  • Participating in regular meetings with the Group Leader to discuss current and planned experiments
  • Ordering of consumables
  • Making recommendations to Lab Head about ways of improving techniques, quantitative methods and quality control
  • All staff are required to comply with Garvan’s Work Health & Safety (WHS) Policy and work in accordance with the WHS management system at all times
  • Other duties as assigned

About you: 

You will have the following skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science or relevant Certificate (TAFE)  The studies will have been undertaken in an area of science concerned with molecular and cellular biology or biochemistry.
  • High motivation and level of commitment to achieving scientific goals
  • Ability to work with other staff in a cooperative manner
  • Excellent time management and written skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to carry out consistently high quality work
  • Ideally candidates will have strong animal handling and surgical skills
  • Competent computer skills (Excel, Word & PowerPoint)


How to Apply:

All applications must be submitted via the Garvan Careers site via the link below. Applications from other sites will unfortunately not be considered.

Your application should include: 

  • A cover letter addressing the selection criteria above
  • Your resume including at least 2 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts

Only applicants with full working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.

This position will be offered for one year full-time, with potential to extend.

Closing Date:

We are reviewing applications as we receive them so don't wait to apply! 


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