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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