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Research Biologist position opportunity at CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases

We are seeking qualified applicants for a Research Biologist position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Bacterial Diseases Branch in Fort Collins, Colorado.  We plan to hire this position at the federal grades GS12 or GS13 depending upon the applicant’s level of experience and credentials.  The pay range for these grades is: $79,799 - $123,358.

The ideal candidate should either have a MS degree in a Biological Discipline (preferably Entomology) and 5-10 years of work experience; or a Ph.D. in a Biological Discipline (preferably Entomology) with a few years of post-doc experience.  Previous experience in the field of vector control (especially tick control) is desired but not required.

The person sought will serve as a key member of an interdisciplinary team working to develop and evaluate methods to reduce the abundance of host-seeking infected ticks, the frequency of tick bites to humans, and the risk of human tick-borne illness, with a primary focus on Ixodes scapularis and Lyme disease.

The main thrust of the work will be lab- and field-evaluations of personal protective measures to reduce tick bites (e.g., repellents and permethrin-treated clothing) and environmentally based interventions targeting host-seeking ticks or ticks on rodents or deer. 

There also will be substantial involvement with industry partners as well as professional pest control operators and local public health programs.  Research tasks will be of an applied and practical nature, and applicants should have a strong interest in operational vector control.

The position can be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified, preferably with a start date in late 2018 or early 2019.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and a list of 3 references via e-mail to Lars Eisen: evp4@cdc.gov