(Posted 30 November 2020)
Institution: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Unit: Laboratory Animal Services Centre
Scientific Officer (carrying the job title of 'Ethics and Welfare Officer') - (200001VY)
The appointee will work at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in Shatin, and satellite facilities in Hong Kong. This is an opportunity to enter the stimulating field of laboratory animal science, with an opportunity to gain unique skills in a multidisciplinary environment. He/She will (a) collaborate with Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee (AEEC) members in providing consultative solutions through critical review of experimental procedures to identify key areas for improvement; (b) work closely with the Attending Veterinarian to liaise with staff from animal facilities to address issues related to the care, use, health, and welfare of laboratory animals; (c) co-ordinate the Post Approval Monitoring (PAM) programme specifically to manage suspected non-compliance cases under the University regulations; (d) undertake risk assessment of the studies and propose appropriate mitigations; (e) keep abreast of advances in areas of good practice, animal research and animal facilities; (f) oversee the implementation and transition to Tick@lab system − AEEC Management Software, and provide ongoing maintenance of the AEEC application process; and (g) invite AEEC members to take part in continuing education programmes and update the AEEC on new initiatives instigated by other animal ethics committees.
Applicants should have (i) a PhD degree in Biological Sciences; (ii) at least 5 years' post-doctoral research experience; (iii) extensive experience, training and knowledge of animal research to an international standard in academia and industry; (iv) knowledge of the most up-to-date standards of animal care, ethics and techniques; (v) a strong publication record; (vi) the ability to perform surgical procedures and develop in vivo models; (vii) experience of infectious disease models in laboratory animals; (viii) some previous supervisory/managerial experience; and (ix) good knowledge of computing applications in a research setting. Knowledge and experience of the AAALAC accreditation system will be advantageous.
Appointment will initially be made on a 2-year contract with contract-end gratuity commencing as soon as possible, renewable subject to good performance and mutual agreement. For application, please click here.