Head of Animal Services

Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

Wellington, New Zealand

Full time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Dec 17

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E te kaikimi mahi, tēnā koe /Greetings, jobseeker,

Our team at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research work toward a common goal: understanding and harnessing the power of the immune system to save lives. Our Animal Facility is considered the backbone of the Institute, as it provides an effective way to model human disease complexity. This allows us to find newer and safer treatments for cancer, asthma, allergies, gut health, and infectious diseases.

We are looking to appoint a new Head of Animal Services to continue the high standards of animal welfare and science support that the Institute proudly provides. As our new Head of Animal Services you will be responsible for the effective and efficient running of the Animal Facility. You will ensure that your Animal Services staff and researchers are well-trained, adhering to our very high standards of animal ethics. You will also oversee the maintenance and provision of all equipment specific to our Animal Services operations.

Our Animal Facility is represented by an incredibly close-knit team of hard-working, energetic and highly-skilled staff. You will motivate the team on both an individual and group level, recognising and supporting their potential and career aspirations. You will be a natural at building positive working relationships between your team-members, with the Institute’s staff, and with external stakeholders. We need our Head of Animal Services to be comfortable and confident in representing the Institute, and in managing conversations in line with Aotearoa’s Animal Openness Agreement. 

This is a full-time, permanent position, working 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm. Occasional weekend and public holiday work will be required.

The Malaghan Institute is committed to Vision Mātauranga and supports Māori health advancement in partnership with Te Urungi Māori, the Institute’s Māori advisory group. We welcome Māori applicants for this role. The Malaghan Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and values diversity. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Ngā Pūkenga / Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge and experience in animal husbandry would be a great advantage
  • Experience managing a team is preferred
  • Experience working in a highly controlled research environment

Ngā ahuatanga / Desired traits:

  • Approachable and amiable leader
  • High proficiency with information systems and databases
  • Highly organised, diligent and detail-focussed
  • Superb time management and prioritisation

Ngā kawenga / Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the staff of the Animal Services facility, ensuring efficient workflows are in place to meet performance requirements
  • Oversee staff performance and support wellbeing
  • Set-up training for Animal Services staff, Researchers and visiting students
  • Manage staff levels and work with HR around recruitment needs
  • Ensure that the animals provided by the BRU meet the requirements of the Institute’s research programmes, through the correct breeding programmes, health monitoring and colony control
  • Comply with all the ERMA, MPI regulations and controls
  • Undertake internal audits and facilitate external facilities audits
  • Adhere to the New Zealand Openness Agreement, and represent MIMR in this
  • Manage and set department finances and budgets
  • Ensure all relevant and useful documentation is recorded and stored appropriately
  • Be responsible for the storage and administering of anaesthetic and other drugs, maintaining records, undergoing stocktakes and monitoring usage thereof.

Ngā painga / Benefits:

  • Carpark on campus!
  • Training and development opportunities to support you in your career with us, with potential for career progression
  • A great Employee Assistance Programme – confidential, professional counselling and support services to support and guide you through your personal or work challenges
  • Opportunity to contribute to supportive and life-saving team
  • Exposure to a unique research environment working with highly driven scientists and support staff
  • An excellent location, with great offices at Victoria University in Kelburn offering a great choice of cafes and other amenities.

If you think you’ve got what is takes to nurture and grow the high standards and great culture of our Animal Facility, apply now by sending both your Cover Letter and CV via the link below. (Applications via SEEK will not be considered.) 


Applications close 5pm on Wednesday 12 January 2022 for an immediate start. Due to the summer break, interviews will be organised from 10 January 2022. Don't wait, apply now!

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