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Pasco County Mosquito Control District (PCMCD) and the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is seeking applications for a student internship opportunity for the summer of 2020. The mission of PCMCD is to protect the health and well-being of the citizens of Pasco County through the prevention and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. The county has several species of interest that are dangerous disease vectors and several others that create a major nuisance during most months of the year. District research, surveillance and control efforts span all mosquito habitats within the county, from salt marshes to the urbanized residential areas.

Student interns will contribute to various on-going research and surveillance projects. They will be exposed to the principles of integrated pest management as it applies to mosquito control, trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology and identification, lab rearing and handling, larval and adult resistance testing. The student intern will work under the direction of the Entomologist. Duties would include but are not limited to breeding site surveillance, adult mosquito trapping and identification, larval collection and sorting, egg collection and mosquito rearing, larval and adult bioassays.

Applicants are expected to have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record and a reliable transportation method. A vehicle will be provided for work-related purposes. The student intern is expected to work 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday 7:00AM to 3:30PM. They may be asked to work early mornings, evening and weekends. Work will be split between the lab/office and the field in all weather conditions. Student interns must be comfortable outdoors around biting insects and with handling insecticides. All applicants must be able to lift 40 pounds. Student will have the opportunity to obtain a Public Health Pest Applicators License during the internship.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Actively pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biological Sciences or related field
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Ability to work independently and communicate effectively

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Biological research experience
  • Bioassay knowledge/experience
  • Insect rearing experience

Please inquire directly with the PCMCD:

2308 Marathon Road, Odessa, FL 33556

(727) 376-4568

Send resume/CV and the completed job application (https://www.pascomosquito.org/resources/job-postings/) to Rhonda Stevens at rstevens@pascomosquito.org.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Tropical Medicine
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND TROPICAL MEDICINE
The Department of Tropical Medicine

Position Description
A postdoctoral position is available immediately to join the laboratory of Dr. Claudia Herrera in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. The fellow will conduct research on the molecular identification and characterization of Trypanosoma cruzi parasites and genomic analysis of T. cruzi under the supervision of Dr. Herrera.

The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with faculty from the SPHTM department of Tropical Medicine working on Genome analysis. Opportunities will also be available for independent and collaborative research on Chagas disease, field work abroad, attendance at professional meetings, participation in research grant proposals, and co-authorship on publication of research findings. The incumbent will conduct quality Chagas disease research in laboratory settings as well as in the field and assist in training students and other lab personnel.

Position Details
Postdoctoral Fellow in Tropical Medicine (Herrera lab)
Location
New Orleans
Apply to Position
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QUALIFICATIONS
Required Qualifications
The position is open to applicants with a PhD in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics, Computational molecular biology or Genome sequencing technologies with experience in Tropical Medicine or related biological discipline.
Successful candidates must have an interest in molecular epidemiology of Chagas disease and other tropical infectious diseases, working with Dr. Claudia Herrera.
Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to an individual with experience in bioinformatics analysis or comparative genomics, pertaining to the characterization of parasites.

HOW TO APPLY
Application Instructions
Candidates interested in the position should apply in Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/76433 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
Contact Dr. Herrera for details information cherrera@tulane.edu 

 

Two Postdoctoral Scientist positions are available starting July 1, 2020 in the Department of Environmental Sciences within the Center of Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases. This two-year appointment is funded through a NIH award investigating arbovirus-mosquito interactions. This work is a continuation of recently published studies conducted at CAES on the impact of multiple mosquito blood meals on virus dissemination and transmission  (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41564-019-0619-y).  Individuals are expected to undertake fundamental cellular, molecular and organismal biological studies pertinent to the aims of the project. In addition, we are seeking a highly creative and independent individual that will be able to identify new and interesting research directions stemming from these studies and pursue post-doctoral funding opportunities. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field (virology, microbiology, or vector biology).   Applicants must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills, be able to provide a coherent and well-organized presentation of their past work, and have a strong publication record.  Experience working with mosquitoes and arboviruses is desired. The current appointment is for two years and, depending on performance, may be extended. Annual salary will be $51,662 plus competitive benefits. Interested persons should submit, to the group leader below, electronic copies of: (1) a letter of application specifically addressing how the applicant meets the job requirements as listed above, especially experience in the stated fields, and including a statement of career goals, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for at least three references; incomplete applications will not be considered. Dr. Doug Brackney, Department of Environmental Sciences, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, P. O. Box 1106, New Haven, CT 06504.  doug.brackney@ct.gov. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found.  The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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A postdoctoral position is available in the Armbruster lab at Georgetown University to study the population genomics of range expansion and climatic adaptation in the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus. The focus of the project is to: 1) use whole-genome sequence data to determine the evolutionary history of the world-wide range expansion of Aedes albopictus, 2) develop genomic tools to rapidly identify the origin of new invasive populations, and 3) identify the genetic basis of life-history adaptation across the species range. This is a collaborative project with Gisella Caccone’s lab at Yale that will involve extensive interaction between the research teams at Georgetown and Yale. The start date is flexible, but sometime in October thru December of 2020 would be ideal. Review of applications will begin July 1st, 2020 and continue until the position has been filled. Applicants should submit the following material to Peter Armbruster (paa9@georgetown.edu) with “postdoc application” in the subject line: 1) A CV including names and contact information of three references, and 2) A one-page research statement describing previous accomplishments and long-term goals. Informal inquiries prior to submission of a full application are encouraged.

Agency SUNY-ESF Location Syracuse, NY Job Category Graduate Assistantships

Salary ~22,000/year

Start Date 07/01/2020

Last Date to Apply 08/31/2020 Website http://www.esf.edu Description The Tick and Tick-Borne Disease Lab (Leydet lab: www.leydetlabesf.weebly.com) at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is seeking PhD applicants for a field/laboratory research project seeking to understand impacts of landscape on tick and tick-borne disease ecology. The successful applicant will have significant flexibility in the specifics of their project but will be expected to work closely with the Downs Lab (www.esf.edu/faculty/downs/) on this collaborative project. Generally, the student will employ fieldwork, use molecular tools, and spatial/ecological statistics to delineate ecological factors influencing ticks and their diseases. We expect the applicant will also work closely other faculty at ESF studying especially animal physiology of hosts, ecoimmunology, habitat/land management, and conservation.

Terms of the Position: We are seeking an applicant to begin Summer/August 2020. The student will be supported by a combination of research and teaching assistantships (~22,000/year plus full tuition waiver and benefits including medical, dental, and vision).

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Send the following to bfleydet@esf.edu: CV, statement of research goals, copy of transcripts, copy of GRE scores. Documents should be submitted as a single PDF named: tick.pdf (e.g., Leydet_tick.pdf). The email should contain the subject line “Tick Ecology”. SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have a Master’s degree with an interest in vector-borne diseases (exceptional candidates with an undergraduate degree will also be considered). The applicant should be experience in concepts of community/landscape ecology and animal physiology. Strong organization, quantitative, and communication skills and a valid driver’s license are required.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in molecular biology lab work, including PCR, DNA sequencing, and sequence analysis. Experience with small mammal trapping and handling. Experience with managing large data sets, spatial statistic, and Program R. A strong record of academic and research achievements. Competitive applicants typically have a GPA 3.5 or higher and GRE scores above average in all categories with 2 of the 3 scores > 75th percentile, prior publications or manuscripts in review preferred.

Contact: Brian Leydet bfleydet@esf.edu

SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in conjunction with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and ecology of infectious diseases to join the new Center for Environmental Health and Medicine. One of the two positions will be housed at ESF and the other will be housed at UMU to foster interactions between internationally renowned environmental faculty at ESF and the infectious diseases researchers/clinicians at UMU. The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent. To learn more about these positions and how to apply, visit http://www.sunycehm.org/careers/associatefull-professor-of-empire-innovation/.

The Department of Tropical Medicine in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is seeking a prominent investigator in arboviral research to develop a Center of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. This researcher will have a well-developed program in the molecular epidemiology, immunology, molecular biology, pathogenesis or pathogen-vector interactions for one or several arboviruses. Resources will be provided for relocation and recruitment of additional faculty positions. Candidates should have evidence of sustained scientific productivity and may have external funding for research.

Individual research programs in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane currently include dengue and other mosquito-borne viral pathogens, malaria, Chagas, schistosomiasis, tick-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance. There is a strong entomology research program with links to the city and state mosquito control boards. Related research programs at Tulane involve tuberculosis, HIV. lassa fever and ebola.

The downtown Health Sciences Center supports research areas ranging from basic immunology to international clinical trials. The School is ranked 13th overall among programs of public, health, and Tulane’s annual research funding exceeds $140M. At $13M, Tulane’s NIAID funding exceeds that of all other Louisiana universities combined. The Department runs vibrant master’s and PhD programs. Other institutional strengths include the Tulane National Primate Research Center, as well as ACL3/BSL3 and BSL2+ Exotic Vector Isolation Unit. There are close collaborations with the Pediatric and Adult Sections of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and School of Medicine are located in the popular crossroads of New Orleans, just blocks from the historic French Quarter.

 

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Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position to develop phenological models in support of ongoing efforts to create a continental-scale forecast of mosquito activity. This project includes (1) developing predictive models of seasonality of mosquito species representative of specific life-history strategies and (2) implementing these models to generate real-time and short-term forecasts of mosquito activity as well as predictions of future changes in seasonal patterns of mosquito activity. This position is supported through funding from a US Geological Service Powell Center grant. Must be a Ph. D. graduate in Ecology, Bioinformatics, Statistics, Applied Math, or a related field. Anticipated start date October 1, 2020 (24 months funding). Inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to Katherine LeVan, PhD, Insect Ecologist / Biorepository Scientist, National Ecological Observatory Network, klevan@BattelleEcology.org.

The New Jersey Department of Health is looking for a State Public Health Veterinarian. This position oversees the Zoonotic Disease Program, which includes zoonotic and vector-borne disease epidemiology as well as the Veterinary Public Health Program. Specific areas of responsibility include monitoring the incidence and prevalence of infectious and zoonotic diseases; providing guidance on prevention and control of reportable diseases and outbreaks in domestic companion animals; developing policies, guidelines, and regulations; serving as liaison with state and federal agencies working on zoonotic disease and veterinary public health; providing guidance, information, and training to public health and animal health partners, public officials, and policy-makers; monitoring and regulating the sanitary conduct and operation of licensed animal facilities and the certification of animal control officers; overseeing the state rabies vaccination program and the state spay/neuter program. Visit NJ Department of Health Vacancy Announcement 182-20 for more details and how to apply.

The Bacterial Disease Branch within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Fort Collins, CO, is seeking qualified applicants for a Research Biologist position. The person sought will serve as a key member of an interdisciplinary entomology and ecology team. The primary activities of the team center around 1) identifying when and where persons are at risk for exposure to vector-borne bacterial pathogens (primarily focused on agents causing Lyme disease, tickborne relapsing fever, tularemia and plague), 2) elucidating how those pathogens are maintained in natural transmission cycles, and 3) developing and evaluating strategies to reduce human risk of exposure to ticks, fleas and their associated human pathogens. In addition to conducting research in these broad areas, we expect the successful candidate to be actively involved in service activities and to engage with external public health partners. The ideal candidate should have a doctorate degree in Biological Sciences (preferably disease ecology, medical entomology, vector biology, or related specialties) with several years of post-doctoral experience, a robust publication record, and a strong desire to do applied public health entomology and ecology research and related service activities. If you are interested in this opportunity, prior to August 31, 2020, please send the following to Rebecca Eisen: dyn2@cdc.gov: Cover letter, CV, Contact information for 3 professional references. Rebecca Eisen, Ph.D., Bacterial Diseases Branch 
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3156 Rampart Road, Fort Collins, CO 80521.

Postdoctoral Position, Host-Microbe Interactions and Stem Cell Biology Aedes aegypti

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Nicolas Buchon at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to study host-microbe interactions, epithelial dynamics and stem cell biology in Aedes aegypti. The research project, funded by NIH (R01-AI148529), will use a combination of omics (transcriptomics, epigenomics, single cell omics), functional genetics (transgenesis, CRISPR), microbiology and imaging to study how microbes and parasites influence epithelial dynamics in the mosquito midgut. Our project will cover studies involving a broad range of microbes including bacteria (pathogens and microbiota), plasmodium as well as viruses. Candidates must have (or be close to earning) a Ph.D in vector biology, molecular or cellular biology, immunology / microbiology / host-microbe interactions, stem cell biology or a related biological discipline, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication (verbal and written English) and organizational skills. Applications from candidates should be sent by email to Professor Nicolas Buchon at nicolas.buchon@cornell.edu. Please include a CV, statement of research experiences and interests, and contact information for three or four referees. Visit the Buchon lab for more information.

The Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Florida.
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