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Anastasia Mosquito Control District, St. Augustine, Florida is searching for the Education Specialist who will coordinate/organize the District employee training, intern student training, school program with teaching basic biology and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases, public education and outreach, host and update AMCD’s website, and social medias.

Qualification: BS or Master degree in Entomology, Biology or Public Health with at least 1 year working experience.

This is a full time position with full benefits. Annual salary is $37,852.

Interested person, please submit the cover letter, resume, and 2 recommendation letters to Dr. Rudy Xue at xueamcd "at" gmail.com

Deadline for application is April 1, 2019

 

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 surveillance 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 a 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.  

To apply, submit a resume to: entomology "at" adph.state.al.us. Contact Savannah Duke with questions or concerns at 334-206-5643. The full advertisement can be found here: http://cdcsercoevbd-flgateway.org/node/170. The deadline to apply is April 15th.

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, is seeking to recruit tenure-track faculty at an academic rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor with an MD, PhD, DVM or equivalent degree. The preferred areas of vector biology research include: i) biology of disease-transmitting vectors (mosquitos, ticks, mites, or sand flies), ii) vector-pathogen-host interactions, and iii) animal models of pathogen transmission for infectious diseases. The successful candidate should be highly productive with an established record of extramural funding or the potential to establish robust research programs in one or more of the above areas. The successful applicant should be amenable to collaborative studies with other investigators studying the pathogenesis, ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases in the department, and to teach and mentor graduate and medical students. Salary and academic rank are commensurate with experience; excellent benefits and highly competitive startup packages are offered.

UTMB has many highly interactive research centers, including the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases, one of 5 funded by the CDC. It is also home to the Galveston National Laboratory, an NIH-funded national biocontainment laboratory with excellent infrastructure to conduct research in BSL-2, -3 and -4 on diverse animal models of infectious diseases, including arthropod containment levels 1-4 and extensive insectaries. The Department, with 33 full-time faculty, is ranked among the top of its peers in NIH funding. Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, a statement of personal and academic goals, and names of three references electronically to:
Lynn Soong, MD, PhD, Vice Chair for Research
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd. Route 1070
Galveston, TX, 77555-1070
lysoong "at" utmb.edu

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of Intramural Research (DIR) is seeking an outstanding scientist for a tenure-track/tenure-eligible position to carry out independent research on vector biology and arthropod-borne bacterial pathogens in the Laboratory of Bacteriology (LB), located on NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) campus in Hamilton, Montana.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (CV), bibliography, and two- to three-page description of the proposed research program. Additionally, three letters of reference must be sent directly from the referees. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from other groups underrepresented in biomedical research. All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh at NIAIDDIRSearch@niaid.nih.gov.

Completed applications will be reviewed starting April 25, 2019 and will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Frank DeLeo, Chief, LB, at FDeLeo "at" niaid.nih.gov.

More information can be found here.

The Department of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology and/or Ecology. This is a nine-month, tenure track position with a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct empirical or theoretical research focused on either the biology of mosquitoes, ticks, and/or other vectors or the epidemiology of vectored human infectious diseases, with a focus on systems relevant to the United States. The successful applicant is expected to establish a strong externally funded research program, conduct independent high-quality research, publish in leading scholarly journals, and mentor graduate students. Expectation of developing both resident and online courses and materials for pests affecting people. The ability to engage a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students at the Departmental, College, and University levels is an important aspect of this academic appointment. This position requires a Ph.D. in entomology, ecology, or related sciences with demonstrated accomplishments in research relevant to arthropod vectors. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. Expertise that will complement existing departmental strengths in IPM, chemical ecology, vector biology, genomics or disease ecology is desired. Candidates with an interest in advancing modern and diverse pest management technologies in public health systems are preferred. Salary is commensurate with the candidate's experience and qualifications. An excellent benefits package is provided. Start date of August 1, 2019 or as negotiated. A complete application includes the following: a letter of application, names and addresses of three professional references, a curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and official transcripts. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2019.

More information can be found here: https://psu.jobs/job/85565

2019 CDC CoE Summer Internship - Collier Mosquito Control District

The Collier Mosquito Control District (CMCD or, the District) and the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease is offering a joint 8-week paid student internship opportunity in mosquito control. Student will be exposed to the principles of integrated mosquito management, mosquito trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology, insect molecular genetics, disease surveillance and taxonomy. This is a 8-week paid internship (40 hrs/week) with an hourly rate of $9/hr and a $1,500/month housing stipend. Internship must be scheduled between May through August, 2019. Intern will be responsible for arranging transportation and housing. 

TO APPLY: Send resume/CV and completed job application (www.cmcd.org/job-opportunities/) to: klucas “at” cmcd.org no later than April 1st, 2019.

More information on the position and application process can be found here.

Temporary research assistant - Collier Mosquito Control District

The seasonal research assistant will be exposed to the principles of integrated mosquito management, mosquito trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology, disease surveillance and taxonomy. This is a seasonal (6 months, 40 hrs/week) position with an hourly rate of $14/hr. The seasonal research assistant will have the opportunity to obtain a Public Health Applicators License.

TO APPLY: Send resume/CV and completed job application (www.cmcd.org/job-opportunities/) to: klucas “at” cmcd.org no later than March 15th, 2019.

More information on the position and application process can be found here.

Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of under-served populations worldwide.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:              

Title:  Entomologist (2 positions)

United States Agency for International Development, Malaria Division, Office of Infectious Diseases, Bureau for Global Health (ID/MAL)

Salary Range: $96,970 – $126,062 (GS-13 equivalent)

Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled

More information and application instructions can be found here.

The NACCHO VC TA program is open for the season and will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until April 30, 2019. Linked here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=frIXp_NbO0Wx1xKQ-hfcAqJYDNWEZXJIu_-Ax3x96J5UMDQwM1RDQUNRN01JWFRPTEVUT0lXWFMxRi4u

NACCHO Vector Control Technical Assistance Application

Thank you for your interest in receiving technical assistance from NACCHO. The goal of the Vector Control Technical Assistance Project is to help your local health department improve mosquito surveillance and control to prevent vector-borne diseases like Zika and the West Nile Virus. While the project is currently focused on mosquito vectors, we welcome questions related to ticks and rodents that will guide future technical assistance efforts.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 30, 2019, or until scheduling capacity is reached, whichever occurs first.  Health departments will be selected based on need and location. Once you are selected you will be asked to participate in a consultation phone call with NACCHO, where we will work together to determine your needs and identify the next steps.

All recipients of technical assistance will be asked to complete a post-assessment and evaluation of the program.

Your privacy is very important to us. This information will not be used for anything other than selecting participants for technical assistance and evaluating the success of the program. If you have any questions or need assistance completing this form, please contact Danielle Chatelain at dchatelain "at" naccho.org or 202-559-4318.

NOTE: Answers to required questions must be completed in order to be considered for receipt of technical assistance.

The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne disease is seeking applications for a student intern to work at the Tennessee Department of Health Vector-Borne Diseases Program in Nashville. Tennessee has historically reported the presence of Aedes aegypti. Recent risk maps as well as CDC maps have included Tennessee as a state where Aedes aegypti is present. We do have recent records of Aedes aegypti in scattered locations, but Aedes albopictus is found throughout our state. Recent field isolates of Zika virus in Aedes albopicus in Mexico have suggested the involvement of this lab competent species in the current outbreak in Latin America. This species is also thought to have driven transmission of Zika virus in Gabon (African strain) and island groups in the South Pacific (Asian strain). Better understanding of the presence and abundance of Aedes species in Tennessee is essential for understanding the potential risk of autochthonous transmission of Zika virus in our state.


Students will contribute to a systematic survey of Aedes mosquitoes and arboviral testing. Eggs will be collected and sent to the Vector-Borne Diseases Laboratory where they will be hatched and processed for species identification using molecular technologies. Additionally adult mosquitoes will be trapped and sent to our lab for morphological identification and processing for arbovirus testing. Students will gain laboratory, field, and epidemiology experiences.

If you have any questions about the position, call or email Dr. Abelardo Moncayo at (615) 262-6356 or Abelardo.Moncayo "at" tn.gov. The full advertisement can be found here.

The Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona is seeking candidates who are interested in developing novel strategies for controlling mosquito-borne disease transmission as a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow. This exciting opportunity is under the direction of Dr. Michael Riehle in his laboratory that is currently researching the effects of insulin and insulin growth factors on mosquito lifespan and immunity (see additional details at https://riehlelab.arizona.edu/). Within this scope of work Dr. Riehle is collaborating on projects with the University of Idaho studying how key signaling cascades, including JNK and insulin signaling pathways, influence diverse physiologies in the malaria vector Anopheles stephensi.

For more information about the Riehle Lab, please visit the lab website. For more information and to apply for the position, click here.

The Assay R&D organization is looking for a Sr. Scientist to identify new infectious disease markers using legacy and current techniques in protein chemistry, molecular biology, proteomics and bioinformatics. You will work in an interactive, fast-paced, multi-disciplinary group and have the opportunity to develop skills and relationships across various organizations within IDEXX  

 

For more information and to apply, click here.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:  Experienced and qualified Medical Entomologist sought by the Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) to build regional and local capacity for routine, public health mosquito surveillance and control to limit the spread arboviruses in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs) through: 1) coordination, implementation and evaluation of the recently endorsed Regional Integrated Vector Management Plan; 2) building on the existing entomologic knowledge of vector mosquitoes in the USAPIs; 3) establishing/enhancing routine vector surveillance in Guam and selected jurisdictions of the USAPIs, including the reporting into the appropriate information systems/databases; 4) establishing plans for enhanced vector surveillance in Guam and selected jurisdictions of the USAPIs;  5) supporting the development of the Guam Environmental Health Mosquito Laboratory as a regional resource through technical assistance and training; 6) refining and implementing regional strategies for vector surveillance and control; 7) establishing systems/mechanisms to leverage regional resources (i.e. the Guam Environmental Health Mosquito Lab and the Northern Pacific Environmental Health Association (NPEHA) to enable successful mosquito surveillance systems in selected jurisdictions; 8) providing technical assistance to further refine existing vector control strategies for the islands tailored for the unique settings of each jurisdiction, including the development of response plans if new introductions of mosquitoes of public health importance are identified, or when a new pathogens are introduced to existing local vectors as in the case of repeated introductions of Dengue; and, when appropriate, 9) providing emergency medical entomology support if/when an arboviral outbreak is identified.

APPLICATIONSubmit the following electronically with attention to Emi Chutaro (emic@pihoa.org), Executive Director, and cc to Andrea Whitt (andreaw@pihoa.org), Office and Program Support Officer, and Regie Tolentino, Office Administrator (regiet@pihoa.org), no later than January 21, 2017, Hawaii Standard Time:

  1. Letter of Interest that outlines your overall qualifications and professional experience in response to the Primary Qualifications, including Secondary Qualifications where applicable, of the position vacancy announcement;
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume; and
  3. Minimum of three ( work references from supervisors current to the last 5 years of professional work.

More information can be found here: http://cdcsercoevbd-flgateway.org/node/158

The Entomology & Nematology Department (IFAS) at the University of Florida seeks candidates for a tenure-accruing position (9 months) in Invertebrate Vectors of Disease and Public Health at the Assistant Professor rank. This position will be 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station).  The appointee will contribute to a growing departmental reputation for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students.  In addition, the appointee will develop an internationally-recognized and extramurally-funded program on invertebrate vectors of pathogens causing diseases of medical and veterinary importance.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Phil Kaufman (pkaufman "at" ufl.edu)
More information and application instructions: https://apply.interfolio.com/57816

MS/PhD assistantship opportunity in applied Bayesian statistics at the Univ. of Florida

Dr. Denis Valle, Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida (UF), is seeking a MS/PhD graduate research assistant with strong interest in statistical modeling applications.

Dr. Valle is affiliated with the Tropical Conservation and Development program (http://www.tcd.ufl.edu/) and the Emerging Pathogens Institute (http://www.epi.ufl.edu/) at UF. Research in Dr. Valle’s group focuses on tackling important applied problems in environmental sciences and malaria epidemiology by creating and using innovative Bayesian statistical models. Examples of ongoing research projects can be found at http://denisvalle.weebly.com. Given the wide range of problems tackled by this group, there is considerable flexibility regarding the specific scientific application. Nevertheless, this position will involve the development and application of novel Bayesian models and interactive tools to aid decision-making.

Applicants are expected to be highly motivated, independent, able to successful communicate research results (i.e., through publications), and enthusiastic about computational and Bayesian methods. Prospective students with strong experience in computer programming (e.g., R, Python, or MatLab) and with great writing skills are particularly encouraged to apply. Requirements for prospective students include:

  • Competitive GPA/GRE scores (>50% percentile)
  • BS or MS degree
  • The candidate must meet the formal admission requirements for the University of Florida and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. (http://sfrc.ufl.edu/academics/how-to-apply/

This position will be located at the UF campus in Gainesville, FL. Duties include writing and presenting result of research in scientific conferences, searching and applying for additional sources of funding, and assisting other students within the team on statistical analyses. If interested, please email the items listed below to drvalle@ufl.edu

  • One page cover letter describing prior research experience (if any), career goals and interests, and how they align with those from the Valle lab. Letters that explicitly provide evidence for high motivation and reliability are strongly preferred.
  • CV with contact information and contact information for three academic references
  • GRE scores

Start Date: August (2019)

***The application deadline is Jan. 30th, 2019***

Information about the University of Florida: The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is among the top 10 U.S. public universities, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings. UF is a Land-Grant, Sea- Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students.

The University of Florida is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Information about the City of Gainesville: Situated in the rolling countryside of north central Florida, Gainesville is much more than a stereotypical college town. Home of the University of Florida, seat of Alachua County's government and the region's commercial hub, it is progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse. The presence of many students and faculty from abroad among its 99,000-plus population adds a strong cross-cultural flavor to its historic small-town Southern roots. Its natural environment, temperate climate and civic amenities make Gainesville a beautiful, pleasant and interesting place in which to learn and to live. Gainesville has been ranked as one of the best cities to live in the United States.

Florida boasts a diversity of fauna and flora common to both southern temperate and subtropical climates and is replete with springs, rivers, backwater streams, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove fringes, cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, sandhills, scrub, pine flatwoods, and rangeland. Nested between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has more than 2,000 kilometers of coastal beaches and estuaries. Special features include the Florida Keys, which constitute an archipelago of picturesque subtropical islands, and the unique Everglades, or “river of grass,” which sprawls across the vast southern peninsula.

The Vector-Borne Disease Ecologist will be part of the NEON Science Team that is responsible for operating, maintaining, and ensuring the success of a national program to collect >175 data products from 81 sites throughout the US for over 30 years. The Science Team develops, maintains, and improves field and lab protocols, derives data processing algorithms and algorithms for data QA/QC and uncertainty estimates, and supports field personnel to produce high quality data products for the research, education, and decision-making communities. In addition, NEON scientists actively engage the NEON user community through conference attendance, running technical working groups, workshop organization and participation, and collaborations on grants and manuscripts. The Vector-Borne Disease Ecologist will be primarily responsible for NEON’s small mammal and tick sampling and the associated biodiversity and pathogen data products, but should also be eager to contribute their knowledge and expertise to other NEON data products, as needed.

More information and application instructions: https://jobs.battelle.org/ShowJob/Id/1841158/Vector-Borne-Disease-Ecologist/

An employee in this classification performs professional level work in the planning, development and execution of the Department’s Black Fly Control Program and assists with other Agricultural Pest Survey Programs work as time permits and priorities dictate.

Position open until filled. More information and application instructions: https://wvda.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2qju3pqkmmx

The successful candidate will establish a vigorous extramural research program in the area of tick-borne diseases, participate in the Department's educational mission of graduate and medical school teaching, and perform university and departmental service.
 

The Department (http://www.mgm.stonybrook.edu/index.shtml) and the adjacent Center for Infectious Diseases (http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/cid/) provide a highly interactive scientific community.  The Department and School of Medicine have been at the forefront of research on tick-borne diseases, including pivotal contributions toward discovery and characterization of the Lyme disease agent.  The position offers competitive startup support and salary, quality research space, and a dynamic intellectual environment.  Stony Brook University maintains state-of-the-art core facilities that deliver support in a number of areas including microscopy and animal imaging, flow cytometry and cell sorting, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, animal maintenance, and BSL3 containment.  The recently completed Laboratory for Comparative Medicine includes an insectarium and provides facilities for animal BSL3 studies.

More information and application instructions can be found here. Deadline: Feb 28, 2019

The Regional Medical Entomologist performs complex (journey-level) consultative services, technical assistance work, and field work relating to medical entomology and the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases pursuant to statute and to rules adopted by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Prepares and delivers training courses to mosquito control personnel on all elements of Integrated Pest Management (IPM); makes presentations to a range of organizations related to medical entomology and arthropod control; maintains the currency of written, electronic, and on-line materials for the mosquito control industry and the public; performs mosquito surveillance and identification to assist local governmental organizations; serves as regional arbovirus coordinator for the department; provide consultation on IPM techniques to a wide range of stakeholders; provides technical assistance in arthropod identification and control to mosquito control programs and other stakeholders; provides subject matter expertise to the Vector Control Unit for planning and response during declared emergencies; Serves as the department's liaison in the assigned area of the state during disease outbreaks and other entomologically-related emergency situations; participates in the MosquitoNET database/program; prepares reports for internal and external distribution; performs other duties as assigned; works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment; actively participates and/or serves in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation.

To find more information or apply: https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=400234&szReturnToSearch=1&&szWordsToHighlight

A Postdoctoral Scientist position is immediately available in the Department of Environmental Sciences within the Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases. This two year appointment is funded through a CDC Northeast Vector Biology Centers of Excellence award. Powassan virus and deer tick virus are the only North American members of the TBE serocomplex and represent genotypically distinct yet serologically indistinguishable lineages. Previous studies have suggested that Eurasian TBEV diverged rapidly into distinct subtypes when adapting to new vector species rather than by gradual evolution. The goal of this project is to perform experimental evolution studies in order to gain insights into the genetics of POWV-DTV divergence and investigate the adaptive potential of Powassan virus to new tick species that could lead to range expansion and increased risk of human infection. The individual is expected to undertake fundamental cellular and molecular 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. degree in a relevant field (preferably molecular biology, genetics, virology, and vector biology), strong written and oral communication skills, and a record of high productivity in research. Experience analyzing NGS data is desired. The current appointment is for two years and depending on performance and available funding may be extended. The salary and benefits are competitive. 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; (3) contact information for at least two references and (4), if applicable, TN visa eligibility or a copy of documentation authorizing work status within the U.S.. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive; 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.

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