We are seeking a dynamic, motivated, proactive, and responsible individual to join our Human Dimensions Lab as a Research Coordinator. We expect this individual to bring excellent project coordination, facilitation, communication, and leadership skills to several multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams associated with the Human Dimensions Lab. This position will be based on campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Research Coordinator will report to Dr. Zhao Ma, the Director of the Human Dimensions Lab, and will work closely with a team of graduate students, faculty collaborators, and external partners to ensure successful implementation of various research projects. This is a full-time, salaried position with full benefits.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Plan and manage research projects, including organizing project implementation and achieving milestones in a timely manner
  • Participate in and lead data collection and analysis for a selected number of research projects
  • Lead reporting to sponsors
  • Draft academic and non-academic products for a diverse audience
  • Maintain a data management procedure
  • Manage and coordinate undergraduate research assistants
  • Manage daily operations and communication


  • Master’s degree from an environmental social science, natural resource, conservation, or related field
  • Experience conducting research and participating in interdisciplinary academic research
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse partners
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and facilitation skills
  • Project management experience, including planning and execution of research projects
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage tasks across multiple concurrent projects
  • Preferred knowledge and skills: experience with STATA or another statistical software; experience with NVivo or another qualitative data analysis software; experience with data management

Terms and compensation: This position is initially for two years, but renewable given satisfactory progress and pending financial resources. Annual salary ranges from $50,000-$52,000 (commensurate with experience), plus benefits. The position will provide funds to cover relevant travel expenses to research sites and other appropriate research events. The selected individual will also have opportunities for professional development on and off-campus. Preferred start date is May 1, 2024.

Application procedure: Please send a letter of interest, a detailed resume or CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Zhao Ma (zhaoma@purdue.edu). Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The final candidate will be provided with a weblink through which a formal application should be submitted via Purdue University Human Resources.

This position is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, home to Purdue University. There is a vibrant community of faculty, staff and students who are dedicated to impactful research focusing on sustainability, conservation and society, and international development. The Research Coordinator will have many opportunities to engage with this community on campus. More broadly, the West Lafayette-Lafayette area is situated between Indianapolis and Chicago and is home to over 170,000 residents. We enjoy a diverse community, high quality of life, good schools, safe neighborhoods, and over 40 parks and various outdoor recreation opportunities.

Purdue University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.