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Field Inspector – Performs ground inspections and spray missions in assigned areas.

Essential Functions:

  • Inspects assigned geographical areas for the presence of larvae, pupae and adult mosquitoes and records findings

  • Monitor rainfall and tide data, and determine which areas to inspect and treat, which chemical is most appropriate and arrange to have the necessary equipment to execute the mission

  • Discuss daily inspection/treatment plans with Supervisor and adjust plans as needed to accomplish daily operational priorities

  • Responsible for inspecting and treating habitats that support larval development including yards around homes, roadside ditches, storm retention/detention areas, and storm drains

  • Perform ground larviciding and adulticiding spray missions as needed in assigned areas

  • Responds to resident service requests, as assigned by Mosquito Control Biologist III, by conducting a field

    investigation and reporting findings into MapVision on Toughbook at time of inspection

  • Responsible for entering inspection, back check and spray data into database at time of inspection/spray

    into MapVision via iPhone App or Toughbook

  • Assist adulticiding team by conducting adult surveillance in assigned areas as needed

  • Perform back check on areas treated and evaluate the efficacy of control practices imposed, at the first opportunity, at a minimum of one treatment plot for each major treatment zone treated. The results of the back check are to be entered in MapVision via iPhone App or Toughbook at time of inspection.

  • Observe for any unexpected environmental response to control practices imposed, at the first opportunity, at a minimum of one treatment plot for each major treatment zone treated. These findings are to be recorded and entered into MapVision database via iPhone App or Toughbook at time of inspection.

  • Conduct walk around pre-trip vehicle inspections and ensures all necessary supplies and materials are present to complete trip

  • Complete a monthly chemical inventory of assigned vehicle(s) and report data to Aerial Inspector/Mosquito Control Biologist II the first of each month

  • Refuels and washes the spray vehicle at the end of the shift

  • Mixes chemicals as needed

  • Assists with the fueling and chemical loading of helicopters

  • Attends state and federal meeting on mosquito issues as needed

  • Performs a variety of maintenance duties including mowing, surveillance trails, landing zones andheliports, and performing construction/deconstruction to the District’s properties

  • Responsible for wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Communicate with the public in a professional and courteous manner and refer all inquiries outside area of expertise back to the appropriate person at the District

  • Other duties and projects as assigned


  • Must be able to work a varied schedule including working on weekends

  • Ability to operate a variety of small equipment

  • Must have basic math skills

  • Must have an ability to learn and identify a variety of mosquito species

  • Must have basic computer skills and have the ability to learn and operate internal, web based, GPS and mapping programs including entering data into phone Apps and databases

  • Ability to fly in helicopters

  • Must be able to read and understand chemical label instructions in English

  • Must have a valid Class E driver’s license and a clean driving record

  • Must pass the CORE and Public Health exams within six months of hire and be able to maintain certification by earning appropriate CEU’s (continuing education units)

Minimum salary is $21.12/hour.

To Apply submit an application to no later than Friday, January 29,2021. Equal Opportunity Employer; Drug Free Workplace; Veterans Preference to those who qualify

Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Arthropods

University of Nevada, Reno – Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

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Job Description

The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Department is currently expanding its research base and is seeking a researcher whose expertise complements existing strengths in arthropod vectors and associated pathogens. We are especially interested in outstanding Biochemists, Molecular Biologists, or Biotechnologists. Candidates must demonstrate the capability to develop a high-impact, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program as well as excellence in teaching and service. There is no teaching experience requirement in year one to allow the opportunity to establish a research program.

As a member of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, the candidate will have abundant opportunities to interact with existing faculty members to establish, utilize, and integrate cutting-edge approaches for research, instruction, engagement, and outreach. Candidates must also be able to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral scholars.


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The UofSC Laboratory of Zoonotic and Vector-borne diseases is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join the lab, starting January 2021. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Melissa Nolan to execute multiplex pathogen detection assays, sequencing, and phylogenetic analysis on pediatric cohort samples and insect vector species. About the Uof SC Laboratory of Zoonotic and Vector-borne Diseases: the laboratory focuses on the epidemiology of Spotted Fever group rickettsioses, Chagas disease, gastrointestinal parasites and emerging arboviral pathogens in the United States and Latin America. This translational research laboratory performs field sample collections and pathogen detection of clinical and insect samples in the United States, El Salvador, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. Laboratory team members work closely with institutional cores to broaden our research capacities in molecular genetics, artificial intelligence application, and infectious disease forecast modelling. See the full posting and application instructions here!

.JOB DESCRIPTION: Performs varying standardized laboratory assignments and experiments.

Min Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent; no experience required


Specific Job Related Duties

To assist in the laboratory study of vector borne diseases, with an emphasis on Rickettsia and Ehrlichia bacterial species and tick-borne viruses.  Studies will be focused on the epidemiology of tick- and flea-borne bacterial and viral pathogens in conjunction with academic and public health collaborators.  Tasks will include basic microbiologic techniques, growth and propagation of various rickettsial species, basic molecular and immunodiagnostic techniques, and the field collection of arthropod vectors.  Specifically, successful candidates will perform the following:

  • Cell culture
  • Propagation of Rickettsia and Ehrlichia spp. via cell culture and hens’ eggs
  • DNA and RNA isolation from blood, tissue, and arthropods
  • Conventional and quantitative real-time PCR
  • DNA gel electrophoresis
  • Cloning of PCR products for sequencing
  • DNA sequence analysis
  • Field collection of arthropods (fleas and ticks)
  • Identification of arthropods (fleas and ticks) using taxonomic keys
  • Western blot analysis
  • Indirect immunofluorescence assay of human and animal sera
  • Inoculation, monitoring, and handling of small laboratory animals
  • Data analysis

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Entomologist // Pasco County Mosquito Control District (Apply by Feb. 5, 2021): The job entails technical and professional work, including planning, coordinating and implementing entomological research, surveillance, and control programs. For more information, please see the full job description here!

Senior Entomologist, Silver Spring, MD ID#19193

Join the team who values your skills and expertise. From intelligence and cybersecurity to vulnerability assessment and mission assurance, Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) brings experience and results. Building on a reputation as a dedicated, disciplined and tightly-knit organization, CNSP supports DOD and other federal clients in their critical, strategic and operational programs. CNSP is looking for qualified talent to give our clients the support they deserve and the quality they expect from our team – a team of experts, like you.

The Senior Entomologist will support the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division (AFHSD) Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) Branch efforts to coordinate vector and vector-borne disease surveillance activities within the Department of Defense (DoD) in order to provide early detection, prevention and response to infectious disease threats of military relevance.


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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA is seeking a Ph.D. level graduate research assistant. The competitive assistantship is funded for 4 years and will cover tuition, stipend, and health insurance. The successful candidate can start immediately upon acceptance into the graduate program. Research focus: The selected graduate student will be part of an NSF funded, multi-institutional research project aimed at developing accurate predictive tools for assessing tick distribution and tick-borne disease in the western United States. The mission of the overall project is to assimilate disparate datasets with spatiotemporal, environmental and human predictors and to leverage cyber-infrastructure and data science to enhance forecasting of tick-borne diseases in the western U.S. The candidate will primarily be responsible for assisting the research team with the following scientific objective: Identify the changing patterns in tick importation routes, pathogens, and tick-borne disease dynamics in the West. The expected research will include field work (tick collections in Western states), molecular biology methods (e.g. nucleic acid extractions from ticks, PCR, next-generation sequencing), and bioinformatics analysis (genomics and pathogen discovery).

Application Inquires: Applications will be accepted until the right candidate is identified. Please send a letter of interest, concise CV (degrees and courses taken, publications, presentations, awards, etc.) and contact information for three references to Dr. Monika Gulia-Nuss, Email: or Dr. Claudia Rückert, Email: The applicant will also need to apply and be accepted into the UNR graduate program. Please email Dr. Gulia-Nuss or Dr. Rückert if you have additional questions.

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This postdoctoral position’s primary duties are to organize, conduct and develop studies under our funded research aimed at understanding and controlling vector-borne diseases, with a specific focus on genetic analyses of vectors (Anopheles. Culex, and Aedes spp.) and vector-borne pathogens (Plasmodium spp., West Nile virus, and Zika virus). The lab is in the middle conducting a cluster-randomized control trial in Burkina Faso testing whether ivermectin mass drug administrations and seasonal malaria chemoprevention reduces malaria in children and is starting a 5-year project developing and field testing endectocide-treated bird feed for West Nile virus control in the western United States. We also have ongoing projects to understand the sexual transmission of Zika virus, developing/assessing anti-vector vaccines, and developing xenosurveillance for infectious disease surveillance.

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Harris County Public Health (TX) is seeking a surveillance entomologist. Under the supervision of the Mosquito and Vector Control Technical Operations Manager, the Surveillance Entomologists’ function is to supervise the daily operations of the Mosquito Surveillance section, collaborate activities alongside the Avian surveillance, Vector Surveillance and Virology sections, and to disseminate data in an accurate and timely manner to guide in the management and control of arbovirus diseases. Visit Harris County Job ID 05481 to learn more and apply.

Vector Biologist – Heluna Health & California Department of Public Health 

Heluna Health (HH) and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of a Vector Biologist for Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance Projects, including in the National Parks.

 The Vector Biologist position is a contract position responsible for working with VBDS staff to conduct prevention, surveillance, and control of vector-borne diseases in National Parks and other regions in California. Work will be performed under the supervision of the Supervising Public Health Biologist, VBDS Coastal Region. Duties performed will help reduce the risk of vector-borne disease transmission to California residents, visitors, and employees of the National Park Service through the statewide vector-borne disease surveillance program.  Find the full job advertisement here:

DESCRIPTION: The Morris County Department of Public Works, Mosquito Control Division, is seeking a Biologist to become part the mosquito control staff. We are looking for a candidate to supervise inspection staff, perform field work requiring the application of biological and closely related principles and techniques; does other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications – graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application form available on the Morris County Job advertisement page.

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Associate Professor, Arbovirologist, Tulane University: School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine: Tropical Medicine (TRMD)

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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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

Malaria Postdoc – Murdock Lab, Cornell University (January 15, 2021)

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Courtney Murdock at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) for a highly motivated candidate to study how different environmental factors impact host-pathogen interactions and the transmission of human malaria by the Asian malaria vector, Anopheles stephensi. Accurately predicting transmission of mosquito-borne diseases in urban environments is challenging due to limited quantitative knowledge on how key climatic variables for transmission interact, as well as the pronounced spatial variation in both human exposure to mosquitoes and mosquito relevant microclimates that exists in cities. The NIH funded research project (R01 AI153444-01), in collaboration with Mercedes Pascual (University of Chicago) and Mike Wimberly (University of Oklahoma), will utilize data generated from laboratory experiments and climate data collected from the field to build mechanistic models of temporal and spatial variation in urban malaria. Major outcomes of this project will include an improved conceptual framework for the environmental epidemiology of urban malaria based on mosquito biology and new modeling approaches that apply this knowledge to make predictions. 

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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.

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. Preference will be given to an individual with experience in bioinformatics analysis or comparative genomics, pertaining to the characterization of parasites.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Candidates interested in the position should apply in Interfolio:

DESCRIPTION: A research opportunity is available with the Entomology and Ecology team in the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will study rickettsial organisms and their arthropod vectors in laboratory and field settings, enhancing their understanding of the biology, ecology, and pathogenesis of vector-borne infections. The participant will receive insight into natural maintenance and transmission of multiple human pathogens and provide potential avenues for improvement of diagnosis, prevention, and control. The participant will learn laboratory techniques, and enhance their aptitude, knowledge, and skills in the fields of rickettsiology and public health. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor’s degree in one of the following relevant disciplines: earth and geosciences, environmental and marine sciences, life health and medical sciences. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications should be submitted for opportunity CDC-DVBD-2020-0218 through the ORISE Zintellect online program. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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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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