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Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne disease is seeking applications for a student intern to work with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division (ID&O).

The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, has been believed to be absent from Alabama for roughly 26 years.  In 2017, surveys conducted in the southern part of the state confirmed populations of this species in at least one county.  ID&O is interested in continuing surviellance throughout the state for the presence and abundance of Aedes species in Alabama.  This is essential to better understand the potential risks of mosquito-borne diseases in our state. 

The student intern will contribute to  an ongoing systematic survey of medically important mosquito species and arboviral testing.  Eggs will be collected, hatched, and processed for species identification as well as testing for insecticide resistance.  Adult mosquitoes will be identified and processed for arboviral testing. Students will gain experience in field work and some laboratory work.  

The student intern will be exposed to all types of weather as this position requires significant work outdoors.  The student intern must be willing to work with live, biting insects (mosquitoes), and must be able to carry a minimum of 40 pounds.  Odd hours, i.e. early morning, late night or weekend work may be required.  This position is available early-June through late-July, however, we will accommodate different start or ending times if needed by the intern.  This internship aims to provide valuable and practical work experience in public health entomology.   Limited funds for living expenses and travel are available. 

HoursExpectation of approximately 20 hours/week, (flexible)
Date:  Open as early as June 3, through August 9, 2020 (negotiable)
Duties:  The successful candidate will assist vector-borne disease program staff with the following activities:  

  • Assist in conducting a statewide mosquito survey
  • Set up mosquito traps, trap and collect larvae
  • Assist in conducting CDC bottle bioassays for insecticide resistance testing
  • Mosquito identification using dissecting scopes

Essential qualifications: 

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and a vehicle for transportation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program in public health, entomology, a biological science, or related field
  • Experience and/or strong interest in infectious disease, especially vector-borne diseases
  • Must be able to work a varied schedule
  • Must be able to work independently and keep detailed records

 Interested students should submit a resume to:

Contact Savannah Duke with questions or concerns at 334-206-5643

Vector Surveillance Team Intern Position Description
Internship Length: 4 months
Expected Hours per Week: 10 hours per week
Supervisor: Rosmarie Kelly, PhD MPH
Job Title: Public Health Entomologist
Phone Number: 404-657-1207

Cubicle Location: 13-414

Requirements for Internship:

  • Must be able to do field work
  • Must have a working and reliable vehicle
  • Must be comfortable providing training to small or large groups
  • Prefer some knowledge of statistics
  • Prefer at least some experience with mosquito and tick surveillance and identification

Key Objectives:

The intern will be provided with training on the surveillance and control of vector-borne diseases at the Georgia Department of Public Health and in the field.  The intern will work with the Vector Surveillance Team at the Georgia Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Section and with the regional Vector Surveillance Coordinators (VSCs).  The Vector Surveillance Coordinators have a primary responsibility to conduct and improve mosquito surveillance for arborviral diseases.  Duties include establishing surveillance locations throughout the Public Health Districts, setting up traps and collecting mosquitoes, mosquito identification, complaint response, community assessments, and community education programs. The VSC also collect mosquito eggs throughout Georgia for pesticide resistance testing.  The VSC may help coordinate mosquito control activities with existing city/county/contracted mosquito control agencies and assist with localized control efforts. The VSC also supports the Environmental Health Team by assisting with surveillance for other public health pests of concern, including ticks and tickborne diseases, rabies, and bedbugs.   They may participate in outbreak detection and response activities, working with both Environmental Health and Epidemiology.  The intern will be involved in a number of activities to assist with the smooth execution of vector surveillance during mosquito and tick season depending on need.  The intern may assist with public outreach in case of human arboviral cases or assist with phone calls concerning insects or other arthropods of public health importance.


  • Local surveillance and mosquito ID (either alone or with a member of the team)
  • Analyze previously collected tick data
  • Inventory and catalog equipment and supplies at various sites
  • Contact local mosquito control in Georgia and assist with IPM, resistance testing, and mosquito surveillance/ID training
  • Community outreach training for collection of ticks and mosquito eggs
  • Outreach to veterinarians concerning tick collection project in collaboration with Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Work as part of the Vector Surveillance team to assist District and Local Health Departments as needed

If interested, please send CV and cover letter stating interest to Dr. Rosmarie Kelly

Student Worker Position Vector-Borne Diseases Program
Division of Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness
Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance:

The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne disease is seeking applications for a part-time student worker position at the Tennessee Department of Health Vector-Borne Diseases Program in Nashville. The work will take place at the Vector-Borne Diseases Laboratory for the surveillance of West Nile virus and other arboviruses utilizing molecular detection approaches. The worker will be trained to support the testing and reporting of mosquitoes from cities throughout Tennessee in order to conduct targeted mosquito control during the spring, summer and fall to reduce the transmission of arboviruses and reduce or prevent serious illnesses.  The worker will learn to process samples under biosafety level 2 conditions, extract viral RNA using biorobotic technology, and conduct realtime PCR multiplex assays to detect multiple viruses.  The worker will gain laboratory, field and epidemiology experiences

Hours:  Expectation of over 20 hours/week, flexible. 

     Date: Open as early as June 1, 2020 (negotiable)

     Deadline to apply: May 1, 2020

     Pay Scale:  $10/hr (no tuition or health benefits).

     Essential qualifications: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program in public health, entomology, or related field
  • Experience and/or strong interest in infectious disease, especially vector-borne diseases

Interested students should submit a resume to:

Dr. Abelardo Moncayo
Director, Vector-Borne Diseases Program
Tennessee Department of Health
630 Hart Lane, Nashville, TN 37216

If you have any questions about the position, call or email Dr. Abelardo Moncayo at (615) 262-6356 or

Research Microbiologist at the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

The purpose of this position is to serve as an expert in the field of viral immunology and will work within the Virology Team to conceive, propose, plan, lead and conduct investigations of considerable difficulty on the immunology of arboviral diseases.

To learn more and apply click here

The Cornell University Master of Public Health (MPH) program seeks a dynamic mix of tenure-track and specialty professorial-track faculty positions to complement their existing, highly interdisciplinary team. The MPH program is seeking candidates in two broad areas: infectious disease and sustainability and public health. Responsibilities will include teaching public health courses, pursuing scholarship that promotes the inter-dependent health of humans and the environment, and engaging in practice that translates into public health outcomes and policies that benefit community partners throughout New York State and the world. Successful candidates must have advanced training in public health (MPH, DrPH), allied health professions (e.g. DVM/VMD, MD), relevant fields of research (PhD), or combinations thereof. Candidates with evidence of multidisciplinary training and practice or applied research experience will be preferred. Salary, rank and title will be commensurate with academic credentials, experience, duties, and program needs. To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply, visit the Cornell MPH program announcement pageApplication deadline is May 15, 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 mosquPasco 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. ito 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 ( to Rhonda Stevens at no later than May 29th, 2020.

Tick-Host-Pathogen Interactions at the Feeding Site National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Labs, Hamilton, MT Position Description: The Tick-Pathogen Transmission Unit at Laboratory of Bacteriology (LB), Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Helath (NIH) is seeking to recruit an outstanding postdoctoral fellow to study tick-host-pathogen interaction at molecular and cellular level at the tick feeding site. For this project, next generation sequencing, proteomic analysis, and immunohistochemistry will be utilized to understand host immunomodulation induced by Borrelia burgdorferi-infected and non-infected I. scapularis nymphs during feeding in a mouse model. By studying interactions between the host immune response and tick-mediated immunomodulation during tick feeding, we can begin to understand the immunologic processes that facilitate transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi to a host. Findings of this study will be useful in constructing pathways through which ticks successfully feed and transmit pathogens, leading to the development of potential new pathogen blocking strategies. Through the Research Technologies Branch, our lab has access to state-of-the-art research technologies including flow cytometry, genomics, protein chemistry, structural biology, microscopy, among others. For additional information on the Research Technologies Branch, please visit: The Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) are located in Hamilton, Montana, a small but thriving community nestled between the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains. For additional information on the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, please visit: As a key component of the Division of Intramural Research, RML is perhaps best known for its research into vector-borne diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Q fever, and Lyme disease—three illnesses caused by microbes whose names pay tribute to the former RML scientists who discovered them. For additional information on the history of the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, please visit: In terms of scientific opportunities, the NIH is absolutely unique in bringing scientists from virtually all areas of biomedical sciences in one Institute. A program fostering scientific exchange and collaboration between NIAID laboratories in Hamilton and Bethesda/Rockville is available and the successful applicant will have opportunities to collaborate with these labs and groups. Visit NIAID Careers for more information about working in NIAID’s dynamic atmosphere. The salary and benefits are as per NIH regulations commensurate with experience. Qualifications: • Candidates must hold an M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. in a cognate field, within five years of degree being awarded; • Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in molecular biology, proteomics and/or immunology; • A strong training in molecular biology/immunology with experience in transcriptomics and/or proteomic analysis, animal handling is desired; • Prior experience working with ticks and/or Borrelia burgdorferi will be an added advantage; • We are looking for candidates with excellent writing and communication skills; • We are a small, friendly lab and ability to work both independently and with other members as part of a cohesive group is important. To Apply: Applicants should send a short statement of research goals, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and names and contact information of three references to Dr. Lucas Tirloni ( Selected candidates will be invited for an online interview. Tentative starting date: June 2020. Underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers

Postdoctoral Research Position, Cornell University Department of Entomology
A postdoctoral position is available June 1, 2020 in the laboratory of Professor Jeff Scott at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to study the molecular basis of insecticide resistance in Aedes aegypti. The research project, funded by NIH, will use genomic approaches to identify the basis of CYP-mediated resistance. This project is expected to contribute to the basic understanding of evolution, CYP regulation, and insecticide resistance management. Candidates must have a Ph.D in molecular or cell biology, genetics, toxicology or a related biological discipline, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills. Solid molecular biology skills, and experience with Illumina and/or Nanopore (or PacBio) sequencing experiments (design, implementation and analyses) are required. Applications from candidates should be sent by email to Professor Jeff Scott at Please include a CV, statement of research experiences and interests, and contact information for three or four referees. Consideration of applications will begin immediately.

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 Description The Tick and Tick-Borne Disease Lab (Leydet lab: 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 ( 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 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

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

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.


To apply and learn more please click here

The CDC Foundation seeks a candidate for a full-time entomologist or biologist to assist in the culture of medically important ticks that can transmit a variety of pathogens, perform morphological authentication of these stocks, perform bioassays, and assist in preparing and distributing laboratory raised ticks to collaborators. The Entomologist or Biologist will be hired by the CDC Foundation and assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Clifton campus in Atlanta, Georgia. The position will be located in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, Medical Entomology Laboratory. 

To learn more and apply click here

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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