Ethics Coordinator, Animal Care

University of Ottawa

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Job Type:


Duration in Months (for fixed-term jobs):


Job Family:

Laboratory Support

# of Open Positions:


Faculty/Service – Department:

Animal Ethics & Compl. Office


Roger Guindon Hall

Union Affiliation:


Date Posted:

March 28, 2024

Closing Date:

April 08, 2024

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above

Hours per week:


Salary Grade:

SSUO Grade 07

Salary Range:

$55,245.00 – $69,783.00

Position Purpose

Working with the Chair of the Animal Care Committee and reporting to the Director, Research and Program Support, the incumbent coordinates activities and provides support to the University of Ottawa Animal Care Committee (ACC) to help ensure that operations are conducted properly and comply with internal and external standards. The incumbent also provides assistance with animal user training activities.

In this role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Provide assistance with animal user training activities.
  • Provide support with other animal care activities as needed.
  • Provide administrative support for the Animal Care Committee, including reminders of meetings with agendas, drafting of meeting minutes, keeping up-to-date lists of animal users and their documented training, and tracking animal use for regulatory reports, and help ensure that information on the animal care website is kept up-to-date and complete.
  • Administer animal use protocol submissions to help ensure that they can be reviewed efficiently, and that comments, questions and answers are documented and that responses can be provided to the applicants in a timely manner.

What you will bring:

  • A diploma in veterinary technology from a recognized community college or CEGEP.
  • Experience in laboratory animal science, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Working knowledge of Canadian Council on Animal Care standards and of the Animals for Research Act and regulations stemming from it.
  • An understanding of the research environment, along with familiarity with typical policies and standard operating procedures that apply in a research environment.
  • Comprehensive computer skills, including the ability to use word processors (Word), Microsoft Outlook, spreadsheets (Excel), Access and complex relational databases, as well as Topaz-based software used in managing animal use protocols.
  • Highly effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Service-oriented attitude with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills in order to work well on multiple projects and tasks while under pressure.
  • Bilingualism – English and French (written and spoken).

Key Competencies at uOttawa:

Here are the required competencies for all or our employees at uOttawa: 

Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to realize an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.

Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Is proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond whenever it is possible.

Client Service Orientation: Help or serve others to meet their needs. This implies anticipating and identifying the needs of internal and external clients and finding solutions on how to meet them.

Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal(s). Accept and give constructive feedback. Able to adjust own behaviour to reach the goals of the team.

The University of Ottawa embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are passionate about our people and committed to employment equity. We foster a culture of respect, teamwork and inclusion, where collaboration, innovation, and creativity fuel our quest for research and teaching excellence. While all qualified persons are invited to apply, we welcome applications from qualified Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQIA2S+ persons. The University is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible, barrier-free work environment. The University is also committed to working with applicants with disabilities requesting accommodation during the recruitment, assessment and selection processes. Applicants with disabilities may contact [email protected] to communicate the accommodation need. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Note: if this is a union position: The hiring process will be governed by the current collective agreement related to the union affiliation noted above; you can click here to find out more.

If this is a front-line position with responsibilities to interact with students, selected candidates must be rated at the Low Advanced proficiency level or higher for both oral comprehension and reading comprehension in their second official language. The rating is determined by a proficiency test designed by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined in Policy 129 – Covid-19 Vaccination. This policy was suspended effective May 1, 2022 but may be reinstated at any point in the future depending on public health guidelines and the recommendations of experts.

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