Technical Officer (Animal Science)

  • The University of Queensland
  • Australia, QLD
  • Jan 13, 2021
Technology Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is one of the largest Schools of this type in Australia, comprising research and teaching experts in plant and soil science, animal science, agricultural business, environmental science and food, nutrition and technology. With nearly 350 staff, 300 higher degree research students and over $33 million in operating and research income, the School has helped UQ to become recognised as one of the top 20 universities in the world for Agricultural Sciences, and the leading agriculture university in Australia.

Located at St Lucia and Gatton, the School is a large and dynamic multidisciplinary hub focused on applied research and teaching within the Faculty of Science committed to finding innovative and technology focused solutions to global challenges. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research degrees encompassing agriculture and related disciplines ranging from Bachelor Degree to Doctorate. Quality laboratories and facilities and strong partnerships with industry, community and government bodies, provide an environment that enables world class research and research training. Further information on the School’s teaching programs, research focuses and community activities can be accessed at

Plant Sciences in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences are a highly productive research group with a strong track record of linkage to Australian agricultural industries, and of involvement in agricultural research for development in the Asia-Pacific region. The spectrum of research involvement of the group staff spans from fundamental discovery science, through to the delivery of pragmatic solutions to industry problems. This appointment is to enhance the group’s capacity to optimize crop productivity and quality in the context of our changing agricultural and environmental setting. This position is based at the St Lucia campus, but the associated teaching and research activities extend to the Gatton campus (and beyond).

Animal and Wildlife Sciences, within the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, is a broad discipline area including nutrition, reproduction, breeding and genetics, management and production, and health and welfare. The Animal and Wildlife Sciences Group is a strong, dynamic, and research-orientated group, with direct linkages to State and Federal Government, and industry funding agencies. The University is a member of the Poultry and the Pork CRCs and has recently spent some $40 million on state-of-the-art animal research facilities on the Gatton campus. The Animal and Wildlife Sciences Group works with ruminant (beef and dairy cattle, sheep and goats) and non-ruminant (poultry and pigs) production animals, horses, and wildlife species. Major research activities of the Group cover nutritional physiology and metabolism, reproduction and application of advanced reproductive technologies, and the science and sustainable management of animals in different agricultural and natural systems. Research of the group supports Australian animal industries, and animal production systems in the developing world through the support of international funding agencies. The Animal and Wildlife Sciences Group is responsible for teaching undergraduate Animal Science courses into Science, Agricultural Science, Sustainable Agriculture, Equine Science, Wildlife Science, Veterinary Technology, and Veterinary Science degrees.

About This Opportunity

The Technical Officer provides support for teaching and research in animal science. The position is responsible for supervision of facilities used by the Animal Science group as well as supporting practical classes in a wildlife science, ecology and related courses. The role supports, maintains and operates laboratory and field equipment, and provides induction and training as required. Although a member of the Animal Science technical team, the role may be required to support teaching and research in other discipline areas. This role is based at the Gatton Campus and reports to the Technical Services Coordinator.

This position is located at The University of Queensland’s picturesque Gatton Campus. Gatton Campus, UQ combines its Queensland Agricultural College heritage with modern research and teaching facilities in agriculture, agribusiness and veterinary science. Just over an hour’s drive west of Brisbane and five kilometres from the local township, the 1068-hectare Gatton campus offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and world-class facilities including the Queensland Animal Science Precinct, the UQ Veterinary Medical Centre, Gatton Research Dairy, nursery and glasshouse facilities, the southern hemisphere’s largest PV solar array research facility, and a pesticide wind tunnel facility. The campus also operates several commercial plant and animal production units in rural technologies to support teaching, research and hands-on training.

Our Ideal Candidate

Applicants should possess a Bachelor degree in animal/wildlife science or related disciplines, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training. In addition you should have relevant lab experience which includes supporting the research of undergraduate and postgraduate students. You should also have a demonstrated understanding of animal physiology and anatomy and associated experience in large and small animal handling.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, continuing position at HEW level 5.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $69,408 - $77,306, plus super of up to 17% and recreation leave loading of 17.5%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, free parking, discounted veterinary access, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Ray White, 0411 165375, [email protected]

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