Research Assistant

How to Apply

Apply through the Purdue University online system.

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

Position Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01-funded clinical trial on service dogs for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families. The primary purpose of the position is to work directly with study participants and guide them through the data collection process. Data collection will be conducted remotely, consisting of telephone calls, video calls, emails, mailing, and text messages. On-site work is required to compile study packages to send, receive and process samples, and maintain the laboratory environment. The position will be part of an inclusive team environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Data Collection: Work directly with research participants nationwide, including military members and veterans as well as their spouses/partners to collect clinical trial data.

  • Connect with participants: Conduct telephone calls with research participants to: invite them to participate, build rapport and relationships, provide advice/guidance in study tasks, schedule assessments, troubleshoot, and be the primary point of contact.
  • Prepare study materials: Put together materials to send to participants (e.g., study booklet, assessment devices), send participant payments
  • Process received study materials: Unloading materials, sanitizing devices for next participant, uploading data
  • Data entry and collation: Data entry from any written materials, using spreadsheets to collate basic data for monitoring reports
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant records

Data Tracking: Data entry and collation, review and tracking of timelines and supplies.

  • Data entry, checking, and cleaning
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant records
  • Compile data status reports (e.g. participant recruitment, safety, completion, timelines)
  • Download and compile data for analysis and interpretation by research team
  • Order supplies and liaise with suppliers
  • Obtain, store and track received research samples
  • Track and maintain schedules (e.g. participant timelines, device allocation)
  • Compile, update, and track IRB and PACUC documentation as directed

Teamwork: Provide guidance to undergraduate students working with the team, who can assist with study materials and data entry.

  • Assist in organizing and facilitating undergraduate tasks and teamwork
  • Participate in helping lab members with tasks where needed
  • Foster and maintain an inclusive, productive working environment

Laboratory: Maintain laboratory space and equipment

  • Maintain organization of physical and virtual spaces and files
  • Oversee the cleanliness and tidiness of equipment and environment

Other: Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

The Research Assistant position has the following qualification requirements and preferences:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Neuroscience, Education, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, or related field
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team skills (in person, writing, and telephone)
  • Professional and amicable communication style
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Willingness to be flexible in daily tasks (integrate multiple tasks into workday)
  • Ability to work alone or with people with varied backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently under moderate supervision
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel


  • Experience in research and participant communication


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