Career opportunities in vector borne disease science.

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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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This position is located at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Science (ARS), Foreign Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit (FABADRU), National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF), Manhattan, KS.

The incumbent leads a multidisciplinary team of FABADRU scientists studying all phases of complex arthropod-borne disease cycles.
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  • Perform leading research in solving current and emerging problems on arthropod-transmitted pathogens of livestock, and to provide new knowledge, methods and technologies to reduce the economic impact of arthropod-borne animal diseases.
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize technical information to develop new knowledge on the pathogen-vector-host interrelationships of arboviruses such as Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) and Rift Valley Fever Virus (RVF).
  • Develop collaborations and communicate technical information pertaining to research on foreign, high-consequence arthropod-transmitted pathogens of livestock animals and their arthropod vectors with a variety of individuals,
  • Prepare written work products based on important arthropod pests and vectors, competence of animal disease vectors, and the epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of animal arboviruses research.
  • Manage a research program, including personnel, equipment and fiscal resources following agency’s mission and scientific procedures, requirements and protocols.
  • Supervise employees, to include setting performance standards, monitoring performance and guiding subordinates

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POSITION: Environmental Epidemiology Program Manager, Fairfax County Health Department

DESCRIPTION: As part of the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health, and working with the Division of Environmental Health Services, this Epidemiologist III position with the Fairfax County, Virginia Department of Health oversees the planning and implementation of complex environmental epidemiologic surveillance and investigation of vector-borne diseases, zoonotic diseases, and toxic substance exposures. The hourly salary rate will not exceed the midpoint of $46.17. This position is considered emergency essential. Flexible working schedule is required as well as overtime, call-back and on-call.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications – advanced degree in epidemiology: doctorate degree (PhD) plus two years of experience in epidemiology-related work, or master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science (MS) with graduate work in epidemiology and/or biostatistics plus five years of experience in epidemiology-related work. The preferred candidate will have extensive knowledge of public health principles and practices of communicable diseases, including vector-borne diseases, zoonotic diseases, and toxic substance exposures.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application form available on the Fairfax County Career Pages by November 6, 2020.

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Post-Doctoral Associates (Arthropod vector behavior and physiology)

Location: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Two post-doctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Joshua Benoit ( on behavior and physiology at the University of Cincinnati. The post-doctoral scientist will be examining behavioral and physiological adaptions in mosquitoes. These studies will be multi-disciplinary, and include behavioral and physiological assays, RNA-seq, genome comparisons, and genetic manipulation. The post-doc will train in a vibrant and nationally recognized academic setting, and will be supported to develop their own research directions. The participant will be provided with effective mentoring aligned with their individual career goals. Opportunities to contribute to teaching will be provided.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Entomology, Biology or related field, and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Experience with bioinformatics analyses of sequence data, basic molecular biology/physiology techniques, and insect-based systems, are desired.

The start date, though flexible, is Oct. 1st, 2020 – March 1st, 2021

The Department of Biological Sciences is a collaborative community of researchers and educators with strengths in Sensory Biology, Behavior, and Evolution (SBBE) and Environmental Change and Biological Resilience (ECBR). It is housed in a newly renovated building with modern offices and labs and a new greenhouse. It is also supported by various research facilities on and off campus. The UC Center for Field Studies provides researchers with field opportunities only a short 25 minute drive from campus. UC also houses the Margaret H. Fulford Herbarium, with over 125,000 specimens of vascular and nonvascular plants, lichens, and fungi. The Department has strong collaborative associations with the UC Digital Scholarship Center, US EPA, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Public Schools, and other institutions that provide opportunities for collaborative research, outreach, and education. The Ohio Supercomputing Center provides researchers a state of the art computing environment and several other High-Computing Resources are available on campus.

The University of Cincinnati is a premier, public, urban research university; ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight”. Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses. Cincinnati is a vibrant city on the banks of the Ohio River. The region is home to year-round cultural and entertainment activities. The Hamilton County Parks system provides extensive opportunities for outdoor activities.

Applications must be submitted online at To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (Please email documents to Dr. Benoit as well). Review of applications will begin December 1st and continue until the position is filled. The Department of Biological Sciences and University of Cincinnati are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse environment. University of Cincinnati is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

For more information regarding the position, please contact Dr. Benoit ( Please apply at

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

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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DESCRIPTION: The Department of Entomology at Cornell University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position focused on pesticide resistance monitoring of mosquito and tick populations in the northeastern United States. The selected candidate will focus on determining the status and extent of resistance in the region through the NEVBD pesticide resistance monitoring program. In addition, the successful candidate may be involved in the evaluation of new insecticides and efficacy trials for the control of regional disease vectors. The position is part of the CDC-funded NEVBD, carrying many opportunities to interact with our leadership team and collaborators across the region. They will also work as part of a DOD-funded team focused on testing and developing methods for the control of the recently invasive Asian Longhorned Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis).

The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in this effort by expanding and guiding the NEVBD Pesticide Resistance Monitoring Network. Ability work independently – but also as a member of a large regional team – is essential. This position will also require experience in mosquito field collection, insecticide resistance bioassays, experimental design, GIS and statistical analyses. The successful candidate will be expected to train and work with vector control staff throughout the region, delivering training modules specifically for the collection, testing, and reporting of insecticide resistance data. The candidate will also be expected to communicate and learn the needs of the stakeholder community to guide this program. They will also be responsible for testing novel insecticides for their potential use in mosquito and tick control and will have the opportunity to contribute to courses for the NEVBD MS program in vector-borne disease. In addition to carrying out research central to the CDC-funded project, and obtaining publishable results and publications, the successful candidate will supervise a technician and find opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research and will themselves be mentored by Dr. Harrington in skills that will be relevant to their future career (such as grant-writing, laboratory management, planning experiments, data analysis). Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Cornell University provides an excellent benefits package.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a PhD in Entomology, Ecology, or related field, supported by publications in peer-reviewed journals. Strong skills in experimental design and statistical analysis are essential. Prior experience working with mosquitoes and ticks in the field and performing insecticide resistance bioassays are preferred. Experience with mapping and spatial analysis is desirable. Strong communication (verbal and written) skills, fluency in English, and an ability to work well with others are required.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: We are seeking a candidate to fill the position immediately, with a preferred start date in September -October 2020. This is a full-time position with a one-year contract from the start date, with renewal contingent upon performance and availability of funds. For more information, contact Laura C. Harrington (

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:

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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