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    Posted: Fall 2014

    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.

Graduate Student Positions

  • Masters or PhD Student
    Human-Animal Interaction
    Department of Comparative Pathobiology
    Purdue University
    Posted: FALL 2014

    Position
    A competitive position is available for a highly motivated and promising individual seeking either a Masters or PhD related to Human-Animal Interaction with Dr. Maggie O’Haire. The successful applicant will be housed within the Center for the Human-Animal Bond and the Center for Animal Welfare Science at Purdue University. Both centers represent world-class expertise in related fields, with opportunities for mentorship and collaboration with leading scientists in Human-Animal Interaction and Animal Welfare Science. The research program will involve evaluating outcomes of Human-Animal Interaction for children with autism spectrum disorder and their typically-developing peers. Animals involved in this research program will include a variety of species (e.g. dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and horses). The successful candidate will be involved in the development of experimental design, data collection, analysis, and scientific writing related to behavioral, psychology, and physiological outcomes of Human-Animal Interaction. There will be a strong focus on behavioral coding of video recorded interactions between children and animals. The student will be expected to work with collaborators and supervise undergraduate students assisting with the research.

    Location

    The position will be located in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

    Qualifications
    The student must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a field related to Human-Animal Interaction, including but not limited to: psychology, public health, animal behavior, or medicine.

    Qualities

    The ideal candidate should exhibit a high level of organization, professionalism, reliability, interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

    Experience and Skills

    • We are seeking excellent candidates with a range of skills. The following are desirable skills and experiences:
    • Research or practice with children with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing children
    • Research project management
      • Developing and carrying out experimental protocols
      • Participant recruitment and retention
      • Writing consent and debriefing letters
      • Database management
    • Writing experience
      • IRB and IACUC proposals
      • Peer-reviewed publications
      • Conference abstracts and presentations
    • Software experience
      • Microsoft Access
      • Microsoft Excel VBA
      • SPSS or an equivalent statistical software
      • Video editing
      • Qualtrics or other survey software
      • Tablet application development for data collection
    • Psycho-physiology experience (collection, processing, and analysis)
      • Electrodermal activity
      • Cortisol, alpha-amylase (or other salivary assays)
      • Heart rate


    Remuneration

    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 (for a PhD candidate).

    Deadline

    Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. It is therefore encouraged that applications be submitted as soon as possible.

    Application Procedure

    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 via Skype or in person. If you have any questions about the application process, you may email whiteb@purdue.edu. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Maggie O’Haire (mohaire@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 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.

    For more information on related research projects, see: www.humananimalinteraction.org
  • Master Student in Epidemiology
    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.

  • 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.



Postdoctoral Research Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Position Available
    Human-Animal Interaction
    Department of Comparative Pathobiology
    Purdue University
    Posted: FALL 2014

    Position
    A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is available in the field of Human-Animal Interaction. The successful applicant will work primarily on statistical analysis and scientific writing for peerreviewed publication from a number of existing datasets. The major focus will be on animalassisted intervention for a range of populations, including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and typical development. This position represents a unique opportunity for productive publication and innovative scholarly output in a short timeframe. The successful applicant will be housed within the Center for the Human-Animal Bond and the Center for Animal Welfare Science at Purdue University. Both centers represent world-class expertise in related fields, with opportunities for mentorship and collaboration with leading scientists in Human-Animal Interaction and Animal Welfare Science. We are seeking an outstanding candidate to excel in this promising opportunity.

    Location
    The position will be located in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

    Essential Qualification
    Doctoral degree in a field relevant to the project, including but not limited to: psychology, public health, animal behavior, or medicine.

    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.

    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:
    • Writing experience
      • Peer-reviewed publications
      • Conference abstracts and presentations
      • Grant writing
    • Software experience
      • Microsoft Access
      • Microsoft Excel VBA
      • SPSS or an equivalent statistical software
    • Data analysis and interpretation experience
      • Survey data
      • Behavioral coding data
      • Social network interview data
      • Psycho-physiological data (e.g. electrodermal activity, cortisol, alpha-amylase,
        heart rate)

    Rank and Salary
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow; salary is commensurate with qualifications.

    Timeline
    The initial fellowship is for a one-year appointment, with the opportunity for renewal contingent upon successful performance in the first year and funding.

    Deadline
    Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

    Application Procedure
    Applications should be submitted electronically via email to Dr. Maggie O’Haire (mohaire@purdue.edu) as a single PDF file that includes a cover letter containing a brief narrative summary outlining experience, goals, and qualifications for this position; a current, detailed curriculum vitae; and names of three individuals that can serve as references. A background check will be required for employment for 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 workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

    For more information on related research projects, see: www.humananimalinteraction.org

  • 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.