Opportunities with OHAIRE

Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow - Not currently available

Graduate Student - Applications are open for a start in Fall 2018; Deadline of Dec 1, 2017

Undergraduate Positions

Summer 2017 - Available

Other Opportunities

We welcome applications for visiting scholars or other independently funded applicants

Graduate Students

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.  Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


Dr. O'Haire will consider applications from highly motivated and promising individual seeking a M.S. or Ph.D. related to the PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTION. Successful applicants will be housed within the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University.

The successful candidate will be involved in the development of experimental design, data collection, analysis, and scientific writing related to behavioral, psychological, and physiological outcomes of Human-Animal Interaction. The position involves working with collaborators and supervising undergraduate students assisting with the research.


Ph.D. applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. MS applicants must have completed a Bachelor's Degree. Degrees should be in a field relevant to human health or human-animal interaction, including but not limited to psychology, human development and family studies, public health, communication, education, nursing, or medicine. 


The ideal candidate should exhibit excellent writing skills, a demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed outlets, and relevant statistical analysis skills. They should also have a high level of organization, professionalism, reliability, interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment. They should be interested in and motivated to study human psychological outcomes.

Experiences and Skills

We are seeking excellent candidates with a range of skills. Examples of desirable skills and experiences may include some or all of the following:

  • Research project management
    • Developing and carrying out experimental protocols
    • Participant recruitment, retention, and communication
    • Writing consent and debriefing letters
    • Database management of participant participation
    • Managing IRB and IACUC protocols
    • Telephone calls and in-person meetings with research participants
  • Psycho-physiology experience (collection, processing, and analysis)
    • Electrodermal activity
    • Salivary Cortisol
    • Daily Actigraphy, Sleep Actigraphy
    • Daily diaries/Ecological Momentary Assessment
  • Writing experience
    • IRB and IACUC proposals
    • Peer-reviewed publications
    • Conference abstracts and presentations
    • Grant writing
  • Software experience
    • Database (e.g. Microsoft Access, RedCap)
    • Statistical (e.g. SPSS, R)
    • Survey (e.g. Qualtrics)
    • Scheduling (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar)

Salary and Timeline

Graduate student positions include a graduate stipend, partial tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance benefits for two years, with the potential of funding for two additional years. Positions are be full time with the expectation of graduation within four years for Ph.D. students and 2 years for MS students.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should send an inquiry to Barbara White at whiteb@purdue.edu and must apply to the Graduate School through the Department of Comparative Pathobiology.  Click here for more information about the application process. Following receipt of these materials, select candidates will be interviewed via Skype or in person. If you have any questions about the application process, you may email Barbara White at whiteb@purdue.edu. If you have any questions about the position, please email Dr. Maggie O'Haire at mohaire@purdue.edu and include your current CV or Resume.


Complete applications must be submitted by December 1, 2017.


The position will be located in the Center for the Human-Animal Bond in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Candidates do NOT need to have expertise or experience in biology or comparative pathobiology. The Department of Comparative Pathobiology is a wonderfully interdisciplinary department that hosts the Center for the Human-Animal Bond, including psychology researchers. Click here to learn more about other graduate positions within the Department of Comparative Pathobiology.

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Undergraduate Positions


The selected applicant(s) will be working on research projects exploring the effects of service dogs and companion animals on human health outcomes (such as autism spectrum disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder).

The student intern will be responsible for preparing research materials, reviewing qualitative data, and conducting data entry. They will assist with other lab tasks as needed. They will also participate in lab meetings and receive additional mentorship from graduate students.


Applicants must be an undergraduate student at Purdue University interested in areas relevant to human-animal interactions, including but not limited to: psychology and human development and family studies. Applicants are preferred to have database experience (e.g., Microsoft Access) or at least Microsoft Excel at a minimum. Conscientiousness and attention to detail are required.

Estimated Weekly Hours and Credits

Applicants will be expected to work 9 hours a week for one full academic year. Three research credit hours will be awarded.

Application Procedure

To apply, send a cover email and resume (if you have one) to ohairelab@gmail.com. If we have open positions, you may be invited to participate in an interview. Otherwise, your information will be stored for potential future openings.


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