Job Summary

The Research Associate/Outreach Coordinator will oversee multiple research projects related to environmental quality issues in working agricultural lands. This individual will be responsible for collaborating with other researchers to conduct all aspects of survey research, including data collection and writing for publication. Specific tasks will include: designing, printing, and administering surveys; cleaning, analyzing, and interpreting data; supervising undergraduate lab assistants; organizing and conducting team meetings; and preparing articles for journal publication.  This role will also coordinate outreach efforts of the Natural Resource Social Science lab which will include running workshops and public meetings.


  • Master’s degree in an applied social science field such as social psychology, environmental sociology, natural resources social science
  • Must understand social science theories
  • Must have knowledge of how to develop and pre-test a survey instrument
  • Must be able to perform statistical analysis and use SPSS, Stata or R
  • Must have good writing and verbal communication skills
  • Must have knowledge of agricultural conservation policy and water quality issues
  • Must have the ability to plan and conduct public meetings and focus groups
  • Must have experience conducting research interviews



  • Experience conducting multi-wave surveys and analyzing qualitative data


Additional Information:

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines
  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary
  • Purdue will not sponsor an 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 Contributions Immediately
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply