Employment Opportunities in CPB

Faculty Positions

Graduate Student Positions

Postdoctoral Research Positions

Graduate Research Assistantships

Staff Positions


Faculty Positions



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Graduate Student Positions


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, 2022.  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, 2021, 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. Julie Lewellen, CPB Graduate Program Coordinator, at jlewelle@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 for Fall 2022

Center for the Human-Animal bond

Currently accepting applications which must be completed by November 1, 2021.  

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.


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.


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 2022. 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 Julie Lewellen at jlewelle@purdue.edu and must apply to the Graduate School through the Department of Comparative Pathobiology.

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 Julie Lewellen at jlewelle@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!


Complete applications must be submitted by NOVEMBER 1st, 2021.


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. 

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

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Postdoctoral Research Positions 

PhD Student

In the field of Infectious Diseases, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Immunology

The newly established Konradt lab is looking for PhD students interested in working in the field of infectious diseases, host-pathogen interactions, and immunology. The Konradt lab focuses on understanding infections and the subsequent host immune response in the vascular compartment and the placenta. For more information visit: vet.purdue.edu/discovery/Konradt/

Knowledge in two-photon microscopy, multi-color flow cytometry, cell isolation, tissue culture, ELISA, RT-PCR, or immunohistochemistry would be an advantage but not required.

If interested please send a brief statement of your research experience and interests, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of 2-3 references in a single PDF file to Dr. Christoph Konradt at ckonradt@purdue.edu

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


Graduate Research Assistantships 

PhD in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

Applications must be submitted by April 18, 2021.

Applications are invited for two competitive, fully-funded PhD positions in the new Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Laboratory at Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine. The group is headed by Dr. Wendy Beauvais, who is seeking self-motivated students to drive forward novel areas of interdisciplinary research with the goal of improving human, animal and ecosystem health. Applicants are invited to nurture a diverse, collaborative, supportive, and productive research environment.

A 4-year graduate assistantship, health insurance benefits, tuition, and fee waiver, as well as supplementary funds for fieldwork and presenting work at conferences, are available. The positions are available to start from August 2021 at the earliest.

Each PhD candidate will be mentored in one of two interdisciplinary research areas:

  • The role of free-living amoebae in environmental transmission of infectious pathogens.

The candidate will be trained in epidemiological methods including observational study design and mathematical modeling. Applicants must be able to demonstrate previous success using statistical and/or mathematical modeling methods and demonstrate excellent scientific writing. Previous training or experience in ecology, ruminant diseases, bacteriology, or parasitology would be an advantage.


  • The role of psycho-social drivers in control of infectious diseases and/or antimicrobial resistance

The candidate will be trained in quantitative and qualitative methods by a multi-disciplinary team. Prior success using quantitative or qualitative methods in research is required, and the applicant should also demonstrate an excellent ability to learn new methods. The applicant must be able to demonstrate excellent scientific writing.


Department of Comparative Pathobiology, Purdue Veterinary Medicine

The successful candidates will be admitted to the graduate program of the Department of Comparative Pathobiology (https://vet.purdue.edu/cpb/teaching.php) at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, which is home to more than 10,000 postgraduates (www.purdue.edu). Purdue University is the land-grant University of the State of Indiana. As the only College of Veterinary Medicine in the State, the College is in the unique position of conducting education, research, and outreach to fulfill the veterinary needs of the State and improve the health and well-being of animals and people. The Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB), housed within the Veterinary College, has a long tradition of excellence. The CPB department is dedicated to the study of disease processes at the molecular, cellular, individual, population and ecosystem levels, their impact and specific diagnosis.  Various areas of expertise within the Department include infectious diseases and vaccinology, pathology, cancer biology, drug development, toxicology, animal welfare, disease diagnostics and surveillance, and human-animal interactions.

To apply:

Interested candidates must apply to the Graduate School through the Department of Comparative Pathobiology. In your statement of purpose, please explain which of the two project descriptions above you are interested in.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in a video-conference interview consisting of a 5-minute research presentation and a standardized set of interview questions. Provisional interview dates are the 28th and 29th April 2021.

If you have any questions about the application process, you may email Julie Lewellen at jlewelle@purdue.edu. If you have any questions about the position, please email Dr. Wendy Beauvais at wbeauvai@purdue.edu.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by April 18, 2021.

Diversity Statement

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine 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. In order to be better informed about issues of climate, diversity and inclusion, Purdue University and Purdue Veterinary Medicine provide the opportunity for all its faculty and staff to participate in various diversity-training activities.

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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Senior Instruction Specialist

Posted: 06/18/2020

At this time, this position is actively recruiting and accepting applications.

Provide instructional and operational services for residential and online course delivery. Develop and deliver lecture-, project-, and laboratory-based instruction. Implement policies, procedures, and standards for laboratory instruction. Maintain instructional equipment, order supplies and equipment, train lab personnel, and deliver course-learning materials. The successful candidate will coordinate with another instructional technologist (s) assigned to assist in the parasitology and microbiology labs.

  • Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or Veterinary Nursing/Technology (RVT required for Veterinary Nursing/Veterinary Technology graduates)
  • Four years of experience teaching college-level life sciences or related courses
  • Ability to teach in the classroom, laboratory, and small groups
  • Working knowledge of good parasitology and microbiology laboratory practices and biohazards
  • Oral and written communication and organization skills
  • Computer skills, especially those required for preparation and electronic delivery of teaching materials (e.g., Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Brightspace)
  • Experience teaching college-level microbiology or parasitology courses
Additional Information
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
Job Family
  • Learning Support
Job Sub Family
  • Instruction
Employee Class
  • Professional
Career Stream
  • Professional 3
  • Pay Band S060

Link to Purdue University's compensation guidelines:


Job Code # 20003615

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