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Requisition ID:  11334

Laboratory Animal Technician

Job Summary

The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering maintains a pre-clinical studies group with the responsibility to oversee and assist with studies involving laboratory animals. The team can help with planning, obtaining regulatory approval and then carrying out studies using a variety of species.


The Laboratory Animal Technician will assist researchers in the conduct of studies in research animals.  Responsibilities include ordering, transporting and caring for animals in a research setting; flexibility and performance of the necessary jobs to fulfill research obligations while staying within sponsor protocols and regulatory compliance; and establishing a good working relationship with sponsors, vendors and other groups on campus.



  • High school diploma/GED
  • Three (3) years of experience working with laboratory animals and/or farm animals
    • Two (2) years of experience is required with Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification
  • Comfortable working with animals in a research setting and willing to learn to work with and handle a variety of species
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work as a reliable member in an established research team
  • Ability to learn to perform routine animal care, administer medications and evaluate the general condition of study animals under guidance of experienced staff
  • Willingness to learn new procedures like collecting samples, performing health checks and assisting with laboratory procedures, anesthesia, minor procedures and post-surgical care
  • Experience with data entry and data analysis
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to effectively establish working relationships with vendors, sponsors and coworkers
  • Ability to order supplies and maintain and organize records
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to establish priorities and adjust work schedules according to shifting needs.  When possible, off-hours work will be assigned on a rotating basis.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule; including days, nights, and weekends
  • A valid US or Canadian driver’s license and ability to travel within Indiana
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 to 50 pounds frequently and up to 60 pounds occasionally



  • Experience with laboratory and farm animal species in a research, clinical or farm setting
  • Experience in laboratory work, methods and safety
  • Experience with maintaining records for GLP studies
  • Course work in the field of biological sciences, veterinary technology, agriculture, or nursing
  • Working knowledge of regulatory compliance issues in animal research
  • AAALAS certification


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.