Employment Opportunities at CPB

Faculty Positions

Graduate Student Positions

Postdoctoral Research Positions


Faculty Positions

Immunologist

Posted: October 2018

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB) invites applications for an Immunologist position.  This is an academic year, tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor rank.  Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) degree in Immunology or related field and a strong record of research accomplishments.  The candidate is expected to develop a highly productive research program in the immunology of infectious diseases, or vaccinology. The successful candidate will participate in the newly created university pillar of excellence in the Life Sciences, the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Diseases (PI4D). PI4D is structured around four program areas: imaging and diagnostics, immunology and inflammation, infectious diseases, and control and intervention.   The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching and mentoring of veterinary, medical and graduate students.  

Candidates must have a commitment to the College’s strategic plans (https://www.vet.purdue.edu/about/strategic-plan.php ) and are expected to promote an atmosphere of cultural diversity in the College and participate in College activities that foster a climate of inclusion.

CPB has about 38 faculty members and 45 graduate students. Faculty have expertise and research interests in immunology, microbiology, virology, toxicology, parasitology, pathology, public health, epidemiology, Human-Animal interaction, and animal welfare science. Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file that includes a curriculum vitae, a summary of past research and future research plans, a statement on teaching philosophy, a statement on professional contributions to the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and names and contact information of 3 references via email to jlewelle@purdue.edu.  Review of applications will start September 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is negotiable. A background check is required for employment in this position. Applicants needing more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Harm HogenEsch, Chair of the search committee, by email at hogenesch@purdue.edu.

Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Comparative Pathobiology are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.  The College and the department value, nurture and respect all members of its community, and ensure an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.  

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Assistant or Associate Professor of Veterinary Parasitology

Posted: October 2018

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Comparative Pathobiology (www.vet.purdue.edu/cpb) invites applications for an academic-year (9-month), tenure-track position in Veterinary Parasitology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program in host-parasite interactions, to teach veterinary parasitology in the D.V.M. program, and to assist the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory personnel in parasitology diagnostics.  Applicants must have a D.V.M. (or equivalent) and/or Ph.D. in parasitology or related field.  
Commitment to the missions of discovery, learning and engagement, and support of Departmental and College strategic plans (http://www.vet.purdue.edu/cpb/strategic-plan.php), and promotion of an atmosphere of cultural diversity are essential.

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology has 36 faculty members and approximately 45 graduate students. Faculty members have expertise and research interests in microbiology, virology, immunology, molecular genetics, vaccine development, parasitology, pathology, cancer, toxicology, public health, epidemiology, human-animal interactions, and animal welfare. The College of Veterinary Medicine has a strong focus on comparative medicine, providing expertise and facilities to support preclinical & translational biomedical investigations. In addition, Purdue University provides exciting opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research through the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, the Bindley Bioscience Center and Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park (https://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/), the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease (PI4D) and other academic departments and centers.  

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file that includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests, statement on teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of 3 references via email to jlewelle@purdue.edu. . Review of applications will start September 12, 2018, and continue until December 7, 2018.. Applicants needing more information are encouraged to email Dr. Suresh K. Mittal, Chair of the search committee (mittal@purdue.edu).  A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Comparative Pathobiology are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.  The College and the department value, nurture and respect all members of its community, and ensure an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

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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Graduate Student Positions

Graduate Degree Program and Residency Training in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology

Posted: September, 2018

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB; https://www.vet.purdue.edu/cpb/index.php) and the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL; https://www.addl.purdue.edu/) 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 anatomic 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). The program is based on supervised postmortem examinations and the surgical biopsy histopathology 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 pathologists, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and other scientists. Following completion of the 3-year pathology training program, students will be encouraged to pursue PhD opportunities in areas such as infectious disease, immunopathology, toxicologic pathology, or cancer research. Purdue University is also a graduate partner in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program (https://nih-cbstp.nci.nih.gov), which provides graduate students the opportunity for residency training in a university setting followed by dissertational research at the NIH. Applications to Purdue University Graduate School should be completed online (https://gradapply.purdue.edu/apply/). Application materials, including original transcripts, letters of reference, and statement of career goals, should be received by November 1, 2018. The program start date is July 1, 2019. 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 (whiteb@purdue.edu),
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.

Veterinary Clinical Pathology Residency/Non-Thesis MS Graduate Student

Posted: September, 2018

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, at Purdue University has an opening in a three-year combined non-thesis MS/residency graduate program in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. This program offers: 1) broad experience in the areas of hematology, clinical chemistry, and diagnostic cytology, and 2) training that will enable the resident to sit for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists upon completion of the program. Responsibilities include graduate course work in pathology and other disciplines which will be selected by the student and his/her advisory committee, participation in the clinical pathology service rotation, and teaching professional veterinary students, vet tech students, interns, and residents. The starting stipend for this position is currently $30,450 per year with benefits and a tuition waiver. The tentative start date is July 1, 2019. This individual joins two other clinical pathology trainees and four clinical pathologists.

Applicants must have a DVM or equivalent degree. Individuals who desire PhD training upon completion of the program are especially encouraged to apply. Specific interests of the clinical pathology faculty include diagnostic cytology/surgical pathology, inflammation, immunocytochemistry, hematopoietic neoplasia, and clinical research. General areas of departmental research interests include infectious diseases, immunology, oncology, toxicologic and environmental pathology, genomics, and epidemiology.

Applications will be received until November 1, 2018, or until the position is filled. Additional information can be obtained from: Dr. Craig A. Thompson, Clinical Pathology Training Coordinator, CPB Department, VPTH Building, 725 Harrison Street, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2027. Interested individuals can complete an on-line application for submission at https://gradapply.purdue.edu/apply/. An on-site visit or online interview will be required before an offer is made. E-mail questions regarding the application process to Ms. Barbara White, CPB Graduate Program Coordinator, at whiteb@purdue.edu. Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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: Fall 2018

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.


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Postdoctoral Research Positions

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position: Creating an integrated One Health framework for a comprehensive antimicrobial resistance surveillance system

Posted: Fall 2018

A postdoctoral position will be available immediately with Dr. Audrey Ruple in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology at Purdue University.

The successful candidate will work closely with project leaders on a broad-scale data science initiative to better understand the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) using a One Health approach. The project focuses on creating an integrated framework for collection, analysis, and interpretation of data collected from human, animal, and environmental samples. Many disparate data sources will be permissioned through this framework for automatic synchronization, transformation, and mining across organizational boundaries. Data will be analyzed to better understand the phenotypic distribution of AMR in environmental, animal, and human samples within a restricted geographic region. A significant portion of the effort will be full-stack software and algorithm development from back end to front end to machine learning. The successful applicant will collaborate with partners at various source data repositories and therefore requires the applicant to possess good communication and presentation skills in addition to core technical ability. 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 computer science, epidemiology, or a closely related field and be proficient in software development and data visualization and analysis. The candidate must work well within an interdisciplinary team and with individuals from diverse backgrounds. A thorough understanding of scientific methodology and experience with data processing software and statistical analysis is also required. The candidate must have strong written and oral communication skills in addition to robust research experience. Preferred qualifications include proficiency with big data as well as an interest in understanding and advancing the field of knowledge around antimicrobial resistance. 

This position includes salary and benefits for 1 year with the potential for additional years of funding.

Interested in Applying? Send an inquiry with your CV and the contact information for 3 references to Audrey Ruple at aruplecz@purdue.edu. Following review of these materials, select candidates will be interviewed by telephone or video conference. Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is found. A background check will be required for employment in this position. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Ruple (aruplecz@purdue.edu).

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 EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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