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Employment Opportunities at CPB

Faculty Positions

  • Tenure-track Faculty Position
    Assistant Professor of Molecular Diagnostic Science

    Posted: Spring 2015

    The Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB) and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM) invite applications for a 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in molecular diagnostic science. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience. Applicants must have a doctoral degree (DVM or equivalent, or PhD) and research experience in molecular biology of infectious diseases. Preference will be given to candidates with a DVM or equivalent degree. Experience in development of molecular diagnostic assays and delivery of diagnostic services in an animal disease diagnostic laboratory or public health laboratory is preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work collegially in a team-setting are essential. Responsibilities of the position include providing leadership and supervision to advance all aspects of the ADDL molecular diagnostic service. The successful candidate will be expected to direct a busy veterinary molecular diagnostic laboratory; develop and validate state-of-the-art molecular tests for application in pathogen detection and animal disease diagnosis; consult and communicate with other ADDL diagnosticians, ADDL client veterinarians, animal producers and regulatory officials; and participate in PVM outreach activities. Development of an independent and collaborative research program in veterinary infectious diseases and molecular diagnostics, and teaching in PVM academic programs are expected.

    CPB has 38 faculty members and 11 of them have diagnostic service appointment in ADDL. Faculty have expertise and research interests in microbiology, virology, immunology, toxicology, parasitology, pathology, public health, epidemiology, and animal welfare science.

    Commitment to the ADDL mission of providing quality and timely diagnostic services to Indiana animal constituencies, as well as the CPB missions of discovery, learning, and engagement and the support of the Departmental and College strategic plans (http://www.vet.purdue.edu/cpb/strategic-plan.php, http://www.vet.purdue.edu/about/index.php) are required. The successful candidate is expected to promote an atmosphere of cultural diversity in the College and participate in College activities that foster inclusion.

    Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file that includes a curriculum vitae, a statement of diagnostic service philosophy, a summary of research interests, a statement on teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of 3 references via email to whiteb@purdue.edu. Review of applications will start on April 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants needing more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Ramesh Vemulapalli, Chair of the search committee, by emailing rvemulap@purdue.edu. A background check is required for employment in this position.

    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 EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.



  • Tenure-track Faculty Positions
    Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathology


    Posted: Fall 2014

    The Department of Comparative Pathobiology (www.vet.purdue.edu/cpb) at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM) invites applications for two 12-month tenure-track positions in veterinary pathology at the Assistant Professor level. Responsibilities of the position include developing an independent research program in infectious diseases and host resistance, teaching in the DVM and pathology graduate programs, and limited service through the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory or in support of biomedical research projects through the Center for Comparative Translation Research (CCTR). Applicants must have a D.V.M. (or equivalent) and Ph.D. in a relevant research area as described above. Preference will be given to candidates with diplomate status (or eligibility) in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. The PVM is expanding its research efforts in enhancing food animal health and well-being, thus expertise and research interest relevant to food animals is desired but not required.

    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) http://www.vet.purdue.edu/about/index.php), and promotion of an atmosphere of cultural diversity are essential.

    The Department of Comparative Pathobiology has 38 faculty members and approximately 50 graduate students. Faculty members have expertise and research interests in microbiology, immunology, pathology, epidemiology and animal welfare science. Purdue University provides exciting opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research through the Bindley Bioscience Center and Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park (http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/), the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the NCI-funded Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and other academic departments and centers.

    Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file that includes a curriculum vitae, summary of research interests, statement on teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of 3 references via email to whiteb@purdue.edu. Review of applications will start December 1, 2014, and continue until the positions are filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

    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 work force. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Graduate Student Positions

  • Master Student in Epidemiology and Human-Animal Interaction
    Posted: FALL 2014

    Dr. Hsin-Yi Weng in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology is looking for a highly motivated M.S. graduate student to participate in an epidemiologic project of human-animal interactions.  The project is to assess the perception of pregnant women and new mothers of seriousness, susceptibility, benefits, and barriers regarding the measures for preventing adverse health outcomes through animal contact. The long term goal of the research is to develop and evaluate an educational program on prevention of animal-associated health outcomes for pregnant women and new mothers.

    The successful candidate should have a degree (BA/BS, MD, DVM etc.) in biology, physiology, psychology, public health, medicine, or other related fields. Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Previous research experiences using questionnaire survey and scientific publications are not essential, but a plus.  Interested candidates should send informal inquiries to Ms. Barbara M. White by email (whiteb@purdue.edu). Interested candidates should apply to the Graduate School of Purdue University, through the Comparative Pathobiology program. For further details, please visit: http://www.vet.purdue.edu/cpb/graduate-programs.php#apply.

    Purdue University is an internationally recognized research university; it provides a great environment for both low cost of living and cutting-edge scientific research. The Department of Comparative Pathobiology and College of Veterinary Medicine are also an ideal home to accommodate epidemiology studies of human-animal interactions. The extensive interactions between our group and other faculty members nurture novel research ideas and opportunities.

    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.

Postdoctoral Research Positions

  • PhD Assistantship or Postdoctoral Fellowship Position Available
    Investigating Tissue Specific B cell Trafficking during Schistosoma mansoni infection
    Department of Comparative Pathobiology
    Purdue University
    Posted: FALL 2014

    A postdoctoral or PhD-level graduate student position will be available starting in October 1, 2014 with Dr. Keke Fairfax in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology at Purdue University. The project will focus on discovering the mechanisms of tissue specific B cell trafficking during chronic S. mansoni infection and applying that knowledge to S. mansoni vaccine development.

    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 imprinting tissue specific trafficking on B cells during chronic S. mansoni infection. The successful candidate will also participate in studies to design a pathology reducing vaccine for S. mansoni. The project will involve collaboration with colleagues at Purdue University as well as those at other Universities. The student or postdoc will be expected to work with all collaborators and to supervise undergraduate students assisting with the research.

    Qualifications: Applicants for a graduate student position must have completed a BA/BS or MS degree in immunology, parasitology, microbiology or closely related field and have an ability to work well within an interdisciplinary team and those with diverse backgrounds. For postdoctoral candidates, applicants must have completed a PhD degree (or international equivalent) in parasitology, immunology, microbiology, or closely related field, and have an ability to supervise graduate and undergraduate students, to work well within an interdisciplinary team and those with diverse backgrounds. Preferred qualifications include experience working 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 with scientific research techniques in applied ethology. A thorough understanding of scientific methodology and experience with data processing software and statistical analysis is also desirable.

    The PhD position includes a graduate stipend, partial tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance benefits for 2 years with the potential for funding for 2 additional years. The postdoctoral fellow position includes salary and benefits for 2 years with the potential for 2 additional years of funding.

    Interested in Applying? Interested candidates should send an inquiry to Barbara White at whiteb@purdue.edu. Interested candidates must apply to the Graduate School through the Department of Comparative Pathobiology. Information on this process can be found at: http://www.vet.purdue.edu/cpb/graduate-programs.php#apply. Following receipt of these materials, select candidates will be interviewed by phone. Applications will be considered until November 1 or until a suitable candidate is found. If you have any questions about the application process, you may email whiteb@purdue.edu. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Fairfax (kfairfax@purdue.edu).

    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.