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Requisition ID:  22217

Farm Animal Research Technician

Job Summary

The Animal Science Farm is seeking a Farm Animal Research Technician. The Research Technician is a seasoned individual who works independently while under limited supervision to provide significant impact on day-to-day objectives.  This position is necessary to fulfill the research, teaching, and outreach activities of the Department. In addition, you will monitor animal health and environment conditions, assist faculty with various research projects and clinical instruction of students, maintain health and performance records, provide tours of research facilities to students, public, research personnel, etc. as well as provide coaching, training and guidance to lower-level support positions, students and graduate students. 


  • Assist in ensuring animals are maintained on a health program which includes vaccinating, treatment management, deworming, etc. all of which impacts animal science research
  • Maintain records of animals such as birthing, breeding, health, reproductive status, identification and other records related to research
  • Enter necessary research information into computer programs and analyze results
  • Use results to develop and propose solutions to PI for review
  • Prepare reports as requested by supervisor
  • Assist faculty in designing research projects by discussing protocol and experimental needs
  • Offer recommendations pertaining to use of equipment and facilities
  • Record procedures used, results of experiment, environmental changes, identification, treatments, etc.
  • Receive instructions from researchers on class schedule needs and assist with the preparation of animals for classroom use
  • Maintain Inventory of equipment and supplies
  • Clean facilities using common and special cleaning chemicals and equipment, i.e., high pressure washers, automatic cage washer, steam gun, etc.
  • Ensure cleanliness and orderliness of facility
  • Assist in necessary repair and maintenance of pens, gates, fences, water supply and waste lines, electrical systems, etc.
  • Operate tractors, silage unloader, loaders, feed augers, manure spreaders and various farm trucks
  • Ensure all farm equipment is functioning properly
  • Advise supervisor of major repairs needed on equipment and make recommendations on equipment replacements
  • Enforce safety protocols


  • Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science or closely related field
  • 2 years of general farm experience
  • In lieu of degree, an equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered (Associate's degree + 4 years of experience; HS Diploma/GED + 6 years of experience)
  • Working knowledge of animal nutrition, animal behavior, animal husbandry and record keeping impacting research animals
  • Experience with transporting and properly restraining animals, utilizing a variety of techniques
  • Basic Computer Skills using Outlook, Excel, Google Docs, etc.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to provide good customer service, demonstrating a strong service orientation
  • Must frequently lift over 80lbs
  • Work in extreme cold and heat for extended periods
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license



  • Poultry experience

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor work authorization for this position.
  • A background check is required for employment in this position
  • This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain same benefit standing.
  • FLSA:  Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement:  Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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