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Posted: July 2017

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Graduate Student Positions

Antimicrobial Drug Discovery and Drug Repurposing

Posted: July 2017

PhD graduate research positions on NIH funded antimicrobial drug discovery project at Purdue University are available with Dr. Mohamed Seleem’s group https://vet.purdue.edu/directory/person.php?id=91. This project focuses on repurposing non antimicrobial drugs and clinical molecules.

The group takes a multidisciplinary approach, employing drug discovery, bacterial genetics, cell biology, molecular microbiology, structural biology, molecular diagnostics, drug delivery, nanoparticles, pharmacokinetic, and animal models. You can read more about recent publications for this particular project at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohamed_Seleem3 .

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, is an internationally recognized research and teaching institution renowned for its academic excellence, world-class faculty, and commitment to cultivating a diverse intellectual community. Purdue University is one of the leading universities for higher education and graduate programs in the world. Purdue ranks fourth among public institutions in the United States and Purdue's graduate programs have been ranked among the top 10 by U.S. News.

The assistantship provides monthly stipend and payment of tuition and fees with the exception of $303 for fall/spring and $150.50 for summer. International students would also pay $80/semester for the international fee.  We are looking for highly motivated candidates. Students with previous research experience or a Master’s degree are strongly encouraged to apply. TOEFL and GRE are required. Details of the requirements for the application process are available at the CPB Department website https://vet.purdue.edu/cpb/graduate-programs.php

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Ph.D. Student Position in the Center for the Human-Animal Bond, Department of Comparative Pathobiology

Posted: November 2016

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.


A competitive position is available for a highly motivated and promising individual seeking a PhD related to the Psychology of Human-Animal Interaction with Dr. Maggie O’Haire. The successful applicant will be housed within the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. The research program will focus on the scientific evaluation of Service Dogs for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and their families.

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.


PhD applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’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. Clinical research experience/participant management in large-scale studies is preferred, but not required.


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.

Experience 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 participationManaging
  • IRB and IACUC protocolsTelephone 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

The position includes a graduate stipend, partial tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance benefits for two years, with the potential of funding for two additional years. The position can either start in May or August 2017 (flexible). It will be full time with the expectation of graduation within four years.

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 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 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 January 10, 2018.


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 with the Department of Comparative Pathobiology.

For more information on our research group, please visit us at www.humananimalinteraction.org to learn more about our Research, our Publications, and our People.

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Postdoctoral Research Positions

Posted: November 2017

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