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Centralised Animal Facilities

Assistant Technical Officer

(Ref. 240517001-IE)


The appointee will be required to: 

(a)    provide technical and operational support to the Centralised Animal Facilities (CAF) and its users in terms of animal handling, animal breeding, daily operation and experimental techniques;

(b)    be responsible for breeding programmes of selected species of mice and rats;

(c)    liaise with staff and students from internal units and sister institutions on various aspects of animal husbandry and holding services;

(d)    provide administrative and secretarial support to the CAF, including but not limited to the provision of customer service and the maintenance of CAF’s operation;

(e)    provide training and guidance to the junior staff of the CAF;

(f)    perform purchasing duties and liaise with suppliers, contractors and external parties;

(g)    stand-in for junior staff to maintain smooth operation     of the CAF and uphold its hygienic standards; and

(h)    perform any other duties as assigned by the Director of CAF or his/her delegates.

The appointee will be required to work on shift and/or Saturdays/Sundays/public holidays.


Applicants should: 

(a)    have a recognised degree in Biotechnology, Animal Science or a related discipline, preferably with a relevant master’s degree;

(b)    have at least two years’ hands-on experience in handling laboratory animals, with animal breeding experience being an advantage;

(c)    have a good knowledge of the use of animals in research and/or animal ethics;

(d)    have good computer literacy including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint; 

(e)    be able to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English and Chinese, with proficiency in Putonghua being an advantage; and

(f)    have good communication and interpersonal skills.

Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered.  Initial appointment will be on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract.  Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement.

Consideration of applications will commence on 28 May 2024 until the position is filled

Posting date: 17 May 2024