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Requisition ID:  10118

Laboratory Animal Technician

Job Summary

*Updated, October 5, 2020*: This position is actively recruiting and accepting applications.


The Animal Laboratory Technician position will perform subcutaneous tumor xenografts on immune-competent and immune-deficient mice.  This includes tumor cell implantation, monitoring mouse fitness, measuring tumor volumes via caliper measurements or imaging (fluorescence, ultrasound, MRI, CT),  administer treatment with drug or chemical via multiple routes, euthanizing mice, perform necropsies and tissue preservation. Perform survival surgeries of low and high complexity.
Additional Responsibilities:

  • Order lab supplies and equipment and maintain inventory
  • Train and oversee new hires and student workers
  • Ensure compliance with safety, biologic, and animal protocols and regulations with minimal input
  • Perform mouse colony management of the in-house breeding area
  • Must be receptive to receive advanced training to maintain skills and to facilitate the expansion of services


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or related
  • Two years of experience in a research lab
  • Ability to perform routine and complex animal and biological study procedures
  • Ability to work independently in large and complex animal studies from beginning to the end of a study and be responsible for data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting to lab clients and PIs
  • Keep detailed and organized records of procedures, experiments, and biologic stocks
  • Maintain clean, organized lab space and keep equipment in clean or sterile working order
  • Work with animal and human biologic materials
  • Effectively communicate with client lab members and PIs
  • Must be able to make minor changes to experimental procedures to achieve robust data, and communicate ideas and methods for improving services and addressing problems

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply