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Graduate Student Positions

Position Available for PHD or Masters Student (View PDF Posting)

Posted: June 2018 Position Available: 2019

A competitive position is available for a highly motivated and promising individual seeking a Masters or 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 human animal interaction in one or more of the following areas: (a) SERVICE DOGS for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and their families, (b) FACILITY DOGS in hospital settings, and/or (c) BEHAVIOR CODING  of video-recorded -animal interaction in various settings. The research will be related to HUMAN outcomes primarily, rather than the dogs themselves. Thus an interest in pursuing a human psychology focused research degree is essential. The degree title will be an MS or PhD in Human-Animal Interaction.

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.

Qualifications

PhD applicants must have completed either a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. Masters 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.

Qualities

The ideal candidate should exhibit excellent writing 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 may include some or all of the following:

  • Research project management
    • Developing and carrying out experimental protocols
    • Participant recruitment, retention, and communication
    • Writing consent forms and telephone scripts
    • Database management of research data and 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
    • Poster presentations
    • Grant writing
  • Software experience
    • Database (e.g. RedCap)
    • Statistical (e.g. SPSS)
    • Survey (e.g. Qualtrics)
    • Scheduling (e.g. Google Calendar)

Salary and Timeline

The position includes a graduate stipend, partial tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance benefits for two years for a Masters, with the potential of funding for two additional years for a PhD. The student position will start in August 2019. It will be full time with the expectation of graduation within two years (Masters) or four years (PhD). There may be opportunities to start in a temporary full-time Research Assistant position sooner if interested.

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.

For this position, you may select to submit the optional additions:

  1. A sample that showcases the candidate’s organizational style (e.g. spreadsheet, excel file, project management document, calendar sample), AND
  2. A sample that showcases the candidate's scientific writing skills (e.g. manuscript, class assignment, literature review).

Following receipt of these materials, selected short-list candidates will be invited to participate in an interview via Skype or in person. The interview will consist of two components.

  1. A brief (5-10 minute) presentation by the candidate on a research of a relevant project they have worked on, AND
  2. A standardized set of interview questions.

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.

We look forward to receiving your application materials!

Deadline

Complete applications must be submitted by NOVEMBER 1st, 2018.

Location

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 for a description of its graduate programs.

For more information on the research group go to www.humananimalinteraction.org

Graduate Degree Program and Residency Training in Veterinary Avian Pathology

Posted: December 18, 2017

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB) and the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) at Purdue University seek applications from veterinarians or veterinary students in the final year of the professional curriculum who are committed to a career in veterinary avian pathology.  This challenging and rewarding three-year program culminates in a non-thesis M.S. degree and fulfills the training requirements for the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) or the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV).  The program is based on supervised postmortem examinations, histopathology and farm visit service in the ADDL, graduate courses and seminars in pathology and related disciplines, supervised teaching assignments in CPB, and a scholarly project in diagnostic or experimental pathology.  Faculty members in CPB include poultry and mammalian pathologists, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and other scientists.  Applications to Purdue University Graduate School should be completed online.  Application materials, including original transcripts, GRE scores, letters of reference, and statement of career goals, should be received by February 15, 2018.  One position is available July 1, 2018.  The DVM or equivalent degree is required by the starting date.  Beginning salary is $30,450 with benefits and a tuition waiver.  Email questions regarding the application process to Ms. Barbara White, CPB Graduate Program Coordinator.  Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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. 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.

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.

Position

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.

Qualifications

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.

Qualities

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.

Deadline

Complete applications must be submitted by January 10, 2018.

Location

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: March 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position Available: Investigating the mechanisms of immunomodulation during maternal Schistosomiasis Department of Comparative Pathobiology Purdue University

A postdoctoral position will be available starting April 1, 2018 with Dr. Keke Fairfax in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology at Purdue University. The project will focus on discovering the mechanisms underlying reduced immunity in offspring born to S. mansoni infected mothers during steady state and following immunization.

The successful candidate will be involved in the development of experimental design, data collection, and analysis for a project on understanding the cellular, chemokine, and cytokine factors involved in modulating the immune response to heterologous antigenic challenge in offspring born to mother infected with S. mansoni. The successful candidate will also participate in studies to understand other aspects of S. mansoni induced immune-modulation. The project will involve collaboration with colleagues at Purdue University as well as those at other Universities. The postdoc will be expected to work with all collaborators and to supervise undergraduate and graduate students assisting with the research.

Qualifications

Applicants must have completed a PhD degree (or international equivalent) in immunology, microbiology, molecular biology or a closely related field, and have an ability to supervise graduate and undergraduate students. The Candidate must have the ability to work well within an interdisciplinary team and those with diverse backgrounds. Preferred qualifications include experience working in immunology with animals and pathogens. Experience with mice is not required, but will be considered an asset. The candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills in addition to experience developing new scientific research. A thorough understanding of scientific methodology and experience with data processing software and statistical analysis is also desirable.

The postdoctoral fellow position includes salary and benefits for 1 year with the potential for 2-3 additional years of funding.

Interested in Applying?

Interested candidates should send an inquiry with their CV and the contact information for 3 references to Barbara White at whiteb@purdue.edu. Following receipt of these materials, select candidates will be interviewed by phone or skype. Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is found. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Fairfax (kfairfax@purdue.edu).

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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