Research Ethics Officer | Department of Industry – Primary Industries | Bathurst and Central West, NSW

Application Closing Date:  25 February 2018 @ 11:55am

Organisation/Entity: Department of Industry – Primary Industries
Job Category:
  • Animal Care | Veterinary
  • Environmental | Agriculture
  • Research and Analysis | Research
  • Research and Analysis | Strategy
  • Research and Analysis | Analysis
  • Research and Analysis | Reporting
  • Policy | Advisory
  • Regulatory and Compliance | Legislation
Job Location:
  • Regional NSW / Bathurst & Central West NSW
Job Reference Number: 496299
Work Type: Full-Time
Total Remuneration Package: Professional Officer Grade 1/4
Closing Date: 25/02/2018 – 11:55 PM
  • Exciting opportunity to join NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Apply your exceptional animal ethics expertise within a research policy environment
  • Ongoing full time role located in Orange
  • Professional Officer, Grade 1-4
  • Salary range $61,658 to $118,419 commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience (excluding super & annual leave loading)

About Us

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is an agency within the NSW Department of Industry Skills and Regional Development, delivering integrated, innovative programs and projects that grow and sustain not only our primary industries sector but also communities and economies across the state.

For more information about the NSW DPI, click here.

About the Role

Working for the Chief Scientist’s Branch, a cross-divisional team within the NSW DPI, your new role as Research Ethics Officer will support the DPI in ensuring compliance with animal and human ethics obligations and aid in establishing the DPI as a leader in the ethical treatment of animals used for research and teaching purposes.

The primary focus of this role is to provide critical technical and executive support to the Orange Animal Ethics Committee (AEC), and advising the Chair, by organising meetings, agendas and follow-up actions. You will be the primary point of contact for researchers across the Department.  You will review applications for Animal Research Authorities and associated paperwork, and advise researchers on compliance and related issues to ensure top quality applications are submitted to the AEC.

In addition, you will also interpret and communicate to internal and external stakeholders advising on Departmental policy, legislation, the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.  You will contribute to DPI-wide animal ethics policy work.  Key to this role will also be to enhance animal research ethics processes and systems across DPI to best support research staff and AEC members alike.

To learn more about the role, click here to view the Role Description.

To learn more about animal research legislation in NSW, please click here.

About You

To be considered for this role, you will have a degree in veterinary or animal science, or related field.  A veterinary degree will be highly regarded as the role may assist with animal health and welfare assessments in the future.  You will also have strong interpersonal and communication skills including the ability build relationships and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders.  You will have a keen eye for detail and the ability to interpret and advise on legislation and technical information.

The successful applicant will also have a current driver’s licence and the ability to travel regionally as required.

This is a rare opportunity to make a difference in the animal ethics space and to be part of an innovative team looking to improve animal welfare outcomes. If you enjoy a challenge and have the ability to deliver results in a research policy team environment, we want to hear from you.

Applying for the Role

If this position sounds like you, please attach an up to date resume (of no more than five pages) plus a ONE PAGE cover letter outlining your suitability and core capabilities for the role (which can be found on the role description). Please note there are no targeted questions required for this role.

Enquiries: Please contact Angela Cleall on 0437 735 613 or

Application Closing Date:  25 February 2018 @ 11:55am

Additional Information

Applications must be lodged electronically. A recruitment pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next twelve months.

For more information about how to prepare to apply for a NSW Government role in general, please refer here to the Public Service Commission website.

The NSW Department of Industry is an inclusive workplace which promotes diversity and encourages flexible working arrangements.

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