Facility Manager Werribee Animal Facility

Date: 9 Jul 2024

Location: Geelong, VIC, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity


  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​Bring your expertise in animal sciences and care within a research setting
  • Draw on your people skills in this unique leadership role on our Werribee site
  • Work within a supportive, rewarding, and collaborative team environment


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The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), formerly the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), our national biocontainment research facility, is a vital part of Australia’s biosecurity infrastructure. Our team works closely with researchers, and animal and human health agencies to protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. We seeks to appoint an experienced facility manager to provide leadership in the provision of animal services to CSIRO science and research teams in our Werribee Animal Facility (WAF) which is one of 3 animal facility teams within ACDP, with the Small Animal Facility and Large Animal Facility located at the Geelong site. 


As the WAHF Facility Manager, you will lead this small team in supporting scientific research in a diverse range of laboratory and field situations. The WAHF team provides critical expertise to support ACDP’s world-leading capability in disease pathogenesis, most notably in the area of emergency animal diseases (including serious zoonoses), animal infection models, genetically modified animals, and the development and testing of vaccines and therapeutics to prevent and/or mitigate the impact of infectious diseases. You will maintain a disease-free environment at the WAHF and provide the highest standard of animal husbandry, ensuring adherence to animal ethics and welfare protocols. Using effective management skills, you will provide leadership to animal technicians and husbandry staff and provide training as required to other facility users. 


The appointee must meet relevant ACDP microbiological security and security assessment requirements.

Your duties will include:

  • Oversee the daily operations of the WAHF, implementing quick solutions when problems arise.
  • Provide leadership over all aspects of the WAHF, including staff training, and technical assistance to research activities within and outside CSIRO..
  • Conduct animal husbandry procedures and collection of biological samples.
  • Liaise with scientific staff, ensuring the WAHF supports scientific projects and is involved across all stages.
  • Maintain the highest possible levels of animal welfare.
  • Ensure that WAHF facilities and equipment are maintained in a state that is compliant with all relevant regulations.
  • Lead and manage WAHF staff and their safety requirements and lead a strong culture of health, animal welfare, safety and environment requirements.


Location: Werribee, Victoria

Salary: AU$126k - AU$148k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite / Full-time

Reference: 96976

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant degree, &/or equivalent experience in animal sciences or a related field, including five years of demonstrated achievement leading animal studies teams. 
  • Demonstrated high level of scientific knowledge and competency, with a record of achievement in animal sciences and care in a research setting.
  • Demonstrated post-qualification and career-based experience working with a broad range of species, including injections and collection, euthanasia and identification. 
  • A thorough understanding of relevant legislation and regulations including: 
    • Victorian legislation: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 Vic and Regulations 1997 
    • Regulatory bodies protocol and procedures: Office of the Genetic Technology Regulator (OGTR) and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) 
    • Industry standards: Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes
    • ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (minimum)
  • Strong attention to detail and sound administrative skills, including good computer literacy and laboratory record-keeping practises.
  • Proven experience working co-operatively as a contributor to larger project teams and networking with scientific and industry colleagues. 


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only. Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications close

5 August 2024, 11:00pm AEST