Lab Manager

How to Apply

Apply through the Purdue University online system.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Maggie O’Haire.

Position Summary

The successful candidate will manage the operations of a human-animal interaction research lab. Duties will include:

  1. day-to-day management of a nationwide clinical trial of military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
  2. providing guidance, coaching, and training to undergraduate research assistants and paid study staff,
  3. maintaining laboratory space and equipment,
  4. facilitating the OHAIRE Coding System online course,
  5. communicating with individuals on and off-campus on behalf of the lab, and
  6. providing administrative assistance as needed.

This position will be working with Dr. Maggie O'Haire and the OHAIRE Lab.

All university employees are afforded a generous benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and retirement contributions. As part of Purdue University’s expansive employee benefit package, the University is proud to offer its employees the opportunity to grow, learn, and advance by offering a tuition remission opportunity at both Purdue University and Purdue Global.

Responsibilities and Duties

Although other duties may be assigned as needed, the core duties and responsibilities of this position are:


Manage day-to-day operations of a nationwide clinical trial of military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Maintain confidentiality of participant records
  • Obtain, store, and track received research samples
  • Database management – review data entry and maintain record organization and consistency
  • Compile data status reports (e.g. participant recruitment, completion, timelines)
  • Download and compile data for analysis by research team
  • Communicate clearly with stakeholders and collaborators
  • Direct contact with research participants (telephone, text message, email)
  • Coordinate participant payments (secure storage, documentation, tracking, mailing)
  • Compile, write, update, and track Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB)


Provide guidance, coaching, and training to undergraduate research assistants and paid study staff

  • Post position advertisements, review resumes, and participate in interviews
  • Train personnel in laboratory protocols
  • Oversee day-to-day tasks, providing guidance and troubleshooting
  • Foster and maintain an inclusive, productive working environment


Maintain laboratory space and equipment

  • Clean and tidy equipment and environment
  • Maintain organization of physical and virtual spaces and files
  • Inventory and order lab supplies and equipment, liaise with suppliers
  • Ensure compliance with lab and safety protocols and cleaning procedures
  • Create, edit, and update laboratory manuals and protocols

Online Course

Facilitate the OHAIRE Coding System online course

  • Moderate remote students and answer questions
  • Run reliability syntax and troubleshoot issues
  • Update course content as needed
  • Supervise research assistants in working on the course and completing the above tasks


Communicate with individuals on and off-campus on behalf of the lab

  • Create a friendly and professional rapport and communication line with on-campus partners (e.g. business office, purchasing center, administration offices)
  • Field inquiries and questions from prospective students and media outlets
  • Take notes during meetings and distribute as needed


Administrative assistance

  • Book travel (e.g. flights, accommodation), track costs in a spreadsheet, and submit reimbursements
  • Schedule meetings (e.g. requesting availability, establishing dates/times, reserving rooms or setting virtual meeting link, distributing final information)

Qualifications and Skills

The minimum qualifications and skills for this position are:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Neuroscience, Education, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, or related field.
  • Two years of experience as a lab manager, research coordinator, clinical research assistant, or related experience (this experience could include during the course of an undergraduate BA/BS degree as research credits, independent study, or a paid assistantship, as well as a separate post-BA/BS employment)
  • Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of related education and required work experience


  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team skills (in person, writing, and telephone)
  • Professional and amicable communication style
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to create timelines and meet deadlines
  • Ability to guide, supervise, and support students and staff
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities
  • Ability to effectively work with spreadsheets to track data, finances, and timelines
  • Ability to take coherent and synthesized meeting notes
  • Ability to write cohesive and organized emails as well as documents for stakeholders
  • Willingness to be flexible in daily tasks (integrate multiple tasks into work day)
  • Ability to work alone or with people with varied backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently under limited supervision
  • Ability to independently develop solutions to problems for PI to review
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Additional Information

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines. To learn more visit:  
  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits visit:
  • This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain same benefit standing
  • 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

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