Job Summary

Purdue University’s West Lafayette Campus is recruiting an advanced technician to serve as an Animal Operations Technologist, Gnotobiotics.  You will be responsible for providing oversight, breeding support, and care to the germ-free breeding isolators in the Gnotobiotic Facility as well as preparing supplies, changing cages on the gnotobiotic vent rack as requested, testing for sterility, and completing technical support for investigative staff (ie gavage, etc).  The position coordinates space in Gnotobiotics in consultation with the Assistant Director. The Operations Technologist provides oversight to any full-time staff or students assigned by the Assistant Director for support in completing tasks.  Must have a flexible schedule to meet investigators’ reasonable requests.  We cross-train all staff for all areas on campus for emergency coverage so you will work with all species in all locations.  Special projects may be assigned by the Assistant Director.


  • Associate Degree
  • Two (2) years  of animal care related experience
  • In lieu of a degree, consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of related education and required work experience
  • ALAT certification
  • LATG certification is required within 3 years of assuming the position
  • Computer literate (send e-mails, enter data into excel files)
  • Attention to detail
  • More detailed animal care knowledge
  • Must be signed off in all species on campus or have diverse experience and get signed off upon hire
  • Must be able to work in a team environment as well as alone
  • Exhibit professional behavior in speaking with all staff (Purdue and non-Purdue interactions)
  • A valid US or Canadian Drivers License


  • Knowledge of gnotobiotics and maintaining isolators
  • LATG certification

Additional Information:

  • Overtime may be required
  • Weekend work may be required to complete tasks in the isolators as needed for studies; slight adjustments to schedule during the week may be required for timing on studies
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain the same benefit standing
  • 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