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(Posted 19 January 2023)

Positions Vacant


Senior Scientific Officer (Ref. 230117006-IE)


The appointee will be required to:

  1. supervise and manage the daily operation of the Centralised Animal Facilities (CAF) to maintain high quality animal housing service;
  2. supervise and provide guidance to junior staff;
  3. assist in overseeing all activities in the administration and operation of the CAF, including arranging rosters and shift duties of junior staff of CAF;
  4. monitor the health condition and enhance welfare of animals housed in CAF;
  5. serve as secretary to the CAF Management Committee and provide administrative support wherever needed;
  6. identify, review and develop relevant policies, procedures, departmental guidelines and operation manuals for staff and users;
  7. maintain and update departmental standard operation manual and staff manual;
  8. refine departmental health, safety and environmental policy, safety procedures and emergency procedures;
  9. enforce the Code of Ethics and safety practice of the University in animal handling and experiments for teaching and research;
  10. liaise and coordinate with students, other internal units as well as external organisation on matters relating to the planning and operation of the CAF;
  11. maintain records of documents related to Ethical Clearance of Animal Studies from the Animal Subjects Ethics Sub-committee (ASESC) and CAF users' animal licenses issued by the Department of Health;
  12. provide emergency response to incidents and report accidents happened in the CAF to relevant parties; and
  13. perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Director of CAF or his/her delegates.


Applicants should:

  1. have a doctoral degree in Biotechnology, Biological Sciences, Animal Science or a related discipline;
  2. have at least five years of solid post-qualification experience in managing research facilities, laboratories and/or workshops operation and in handling laboratory animals, with animal breeding experience being an advantage;
  3. have good knowledge of the use of animals in research and/or animal ethics;
  4. have proven experience in team supervision, project planning, training and delivering instructions;
  5. be able to demonstrate effective management skills;
  6. be able to work independently and under pressure and perform multi-tasks;
  7. have good computer literacy including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  8. be able to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English and Chinese, with proficiency in Putonghua being an advantage; and
  9. 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.

Please submit an application through PolyU's career website Consideration of applications will commence on 30 January 2023 until the position is filled. The University's Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.