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The CDC’s Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is awarding several training fellowships to attend the 2020 FMCA Dodd Short Courses, which will be held February 3-7, 2020  at the Hilton UF Conference Center in Gainesville, FL. 

This fellowship is intended for individuals who are interested in a long term career with mosquito control, and who are either relatively new to the field (1 year minimum) or who are promising leaders in the effort already. The fellowship will provide funding to expenses related to the 2020 FMCA Dodd Short Courses (tuition, travel, registration, etc.), up to $1,000 per applicant. 

The fully completed application and required letter of recommendation are due by FridayNovember 1, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible to make their applications competitive. Application forms can be found here

If you have any questions related to this fellowship opportunity, please contact the Center at training@cdcservoevbd-flgateway.org

AMCA is seeking an independent contractor to fulfill a specific scope of work relative to its Technical Advisor functions. The Technical Advisor is responsible for providing the following services: oversight, guidance and continuity within the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) for approved projects; public relations; interaction with state, regional and local mosquito associations, and industry; liaison with legislative and regulatory consultants and bodies and related activities (“Scope of Work”). The Technical Advisor consults with the AMCA President, who represents the Board of Directors (BOD), and/or a designee as appointed by the President. In coordination with the BOD, the Technical Advisor plans, organizes, and directs various components of the AMCA, conducts related external work as deemed appropriate, and serves as the primary representative for AMCA including participation with regional, state, federal and nongovernmental agencies, organizations and programs.

Requests for Proposal (RFP) will be accepted through November 1, 2019 at 5pm PST.

Find more information here

An Assistant Professor - Mosquito Ecologist position is open at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (Institute of Food and Agriculture, University of Florida) in Vero Beach, Florida. 

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 80% research and 20% extension, available at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Duties will include research and extension focusing on ecology of vectors and vector-borne pathogens with emphasis on field ecology of mosquitoes. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. The successful candidate will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program.

Additional information can be found here

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by November 15, 2019. 

An Assistant Professor - Mosquito/Arbovirus Research position is open at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (Institute of Food and Agriculture, University of Florida) in Vero Beach, Florida. 

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Research duties focus on the biology and control of mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit with emphasis on developing and evaluating information and tools relevant to mosquito and pathogen management. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. The successful candidate will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program.

Additional information can be found here

This position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. 

The President’s Malaria Initiative: Evaluation & Research-to-Use Implementation Project Addendum # 4 to the USAID Global Health Broad Agency Announcement for Research and Development (2018)

Through this BAA addendum, USAID seeks creation of a malaria evaluation and research partnership, via an organization or group of organizations, to conduct future program evaluation and research activities, establish consensus for new collaborative research ideas, synthesize and conduct meta-analysis of existing malaria data, and provide solutions to improve evaluation and research data utilization.

Interested applicants should submit an Expression of Interest by October 24, 2019. 

More information and submission instructions can be found here and here

Students are encouraged to submit an abstract for the American Mosquito Control Association's annual Student Competition (oral paper presentation). The 86th AMCA Annual Meeting will be held in Portland, OR (March 16 - 20, 2020). 

Students eligible for the competition must be either 1) currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (at the time of submitting the abstract) or 2) have graduated within 12 months of the abstract submission deadline date. The work presented must have been done while the presenter was enrolled in the undergraduate or graduate degree program. Presentations will be competitively judged. Winners receive monetary prizes! 

Deadline for submission is October 1, 2019

More guidelines about the competition can be found here. General information on submitting can be found here.

The Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Disease is hosting the first annual Tick Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy! The Academy will be held November 6th and 7th at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Participants will learn valuable skills from world-class experts to improve performance and outcomes from tick management efforts: 

     1. Key concepts in tick biology, disease diagnosis and treatment

     2. Hands-on, practical strategies and tactics to reduce tick populations and public health impacts

     3. Current knowledge gaps, innovative research efforts and anticipated near-term advances

The Academy is geared towards pest management and landscape care professionals, facility/institutional/public grounds managers, educators, Extension, public health, government, and school and state regulatory professionals. 

Additional information and the registration form can be found here

Please contact Maria Weber (mweber@ipminstitute.org) for information on scholarships or for any other questions.

Postdoctoral Positions in Sultana Laboratory for Vector-borne Diseases and Vaccine Research

Two postdoctoral positions in studying interactions of Ixodes scapularis ticks with tick-borne viruses are available immediately in the Laboratories, directed by Drs. Hameeda Sultana and Girish Neelakanta at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, and USA. The laboratories of Drs. Sultana and Neelakanta are well equipped and use multidisciplinary approaches such as Virology, microbiology, vector biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, genomics and cell biology to understand the interactions of human pathogens with vectors and their mammalian hosts.

Highly motivated and interested candidates with a Ph.D., degree in virology, vector-borne diseases, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or microbiology are especially encouraged to apply for these advertised positions. Candidates with strong background in murine models, gene regulation, protein purification, protein-protein interactions and cell culture work are also highly encouraged to apply. Applicants should send (Email: hsultana@odu.edu) the required documents to Dr. Sultana or upload at this link.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks to hire an Epidemiologist to assist in responding to over 50 communicable diseases that occur in residents of Massachusetts. Many of these diseases require extensive and time-consuming response efforts and include response to zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. The need for staff to focus on these populations when designing prevention programs is critical. 

An integral component of this effort is the contributing of a team of epidemiologists who oversee all data collected and use that data to target response efforts appropriately. This position would oversee these epidemiological efforts in addition to overseeing zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. The selected candidate would also work under the guidance of the State Epidemiologist/State Public Health Veterinarian, Division Medical Director, and Zoonotic Epidemiologist III. The incumbent will join a team of experienced epidemiologists in providing strategic direction for all activities of the Epidemiology Program as they respond to known and emerging infectious diseases. 

Please Note: This position may be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24 hours/day, 7 days/week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis. 

For more details regarding duties, responsibilities, and qualifications, please visit this page

Funding is available at Georgia Southern University (GSU) starting January 2020 to support one Master student to participate in studies of the taxonomy, evolution, and population genetics of ticks. The successful applicants will be expected to assist with on-going studies investigating taxonomic and evolutionary issues within the hard-tick family Ixodidae. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the curatorial activities at the U.S. National Tick Collection, a Smithsonian collection housed at Georgia Southern.

The successful applicants will also be expected to enter the M.S. program in Biology at GSU in spring 2020 and will develop hypothesis-driven research projects investigating some aspects of morphological and molecular hard-tick systematics.

The successful applicant will attend the yearly Tick Workshop now offered at the U.S. National Tick Collection and help organizing it.

The successful applicants will receive a stipend of approximately $16,000/year for two years. Tuition and basic major medical insurance will also be provided.

The U.S. National Tick Collection (https://cosm.georgiasouthern.edu/usntc/) is the world largest tick collection, with over a million specimens from every continent. It is a recognized center for the study of ticks and, sometimes, tick-borne diseases. It is an incomparable resource of material and information for researchers from all over the world.

Interested students should submit a resume, undergraduate transcripts, a statement of interest and career goals, and two letters of reference to Lorenza Beati (lorenzabeati@georgiasouthern.edu), Institute for Coastal Plain Science(https://cosm.georgiasouthern.edu/icps/) and Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8042, Statesboro, GA 30460-8042. The recipient will be selected from the pool of applicants who have submitted all materials by November 15, 2019. More information about the Department of Biology at GSU can be found at http://www.bio.georgiasouthern.edu/ and information on applying to graduate school can be found at http://cogs.georgiasouthern.edu.

 

The Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in the following areas:

 

Insect Vectors and Emerging Vector-borne Diseases

 

The successful candidate will be joining a multidisciplinary team of scientists interested in the development of sequence-based detection methods for ongoing field-forward surveillance efforts. Specifically, the candidate will be responsible for developing molecular identification methods for insect vectors (e.g. mosquitoes, ticks, fleas) and emerging vector-borne diseases. The candidate must have acquired a Ph.D. in entomology, microbiology or a related discipline within the past five years and have demonstrated experience in arthropod disease vectors, molecular biology and nucleic acid sequencing. Previous experience with nanopore sequencing is highly desirable but not required. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and must be self-motivated, well-organized and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. This postdoctoral position is available through a competitive process with the National Research Council Associateship Program. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required. Qualified candidates should contact Gary J. Vora at gary.vora@nrl.navy.mil.

The Naval Research Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

October 7-18, 2019 University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas

Theory Modules include: arbovirology, rickettsiology, and arthropod biosafety.

Practicum Modules include: Mock experiments with mosquito and tick-borne viruses, and tick-borne rickettsia. Vector (mosquito and tick) manipulation in containment laboratories. Vector (mosquito and tick) competency and transmission analysis

Prerequisites: BS in Biological Sciences

Selection Criteria: Letters of reference (3), relevant experience, CV, and letter of justification from the candidate. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible.

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2019

For More Information & Application Submission: Email dobouyer "at" utmb.edu; Nivasila "at" utmb.edu

No CHARGE for the Course. Accommodations will be provided

We are seeking a full-time Lecturer to start on July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will join Cornell’s vector biology program team and the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEVBD) to deliver a Master of Science in Entomology http://neregionalvectorcenter.com/ms-in-entomology.The purpose of this effort is to educate the next generation of vector biologists and public health practitioners.  The NEVBD is a fast paced, exciting, and innovative program where on-the-job experience in a variety of public health areas can be obtained. Cornell University, nestled among the Finger Lakes and beautiful gorges of upstate New York, has a long and rich academic tradition as an intellectual hub in the Northeast USA.

Every fall, the Lecturer will co- teach “Introduction to Disease Vectors” (ENTOM 4520; 3 credits) with a laboratory section (ENTOM 4521; 1 credit).  In addition, they will develop and offer a topical seminar course (2 credits) in an area related to their expertise.  Potential options include, but are not limited to: current topics in tick biology and disease transmission; current topics in mosquito biology and disease transmission; advanced vector behavior; vaccines for vector-borne diseases; novel strategies for vector-borne disease control; vector-borne disease modeling; and emerging pathogens and potential introductions to the USA. 

Every spring, the Lecturer will teach “Vector Control” (ENTOM 6530, 2 credits) and co-teach a “Capstone Seminar in Vector-Borne Diseases” (2 credits).

The Lecturer will collaborate with Professor Laura Harrington and other members of the NEVBD team to support the MS in Entomology program, including student advising and mentoring, practicum placement, and preparation and completion of program competencies and projects. She/he will advise approximately 3-5 students per year and will be responsible for coordinating the 10 week internship program placements and evaluation. In addition, the Lecturer will support students in the design of their practicum project, thesis preparation and presentation, development of ePortfolios, and in the final practical and written exam.

The successful candidate is encouraged to conduct some research in an area of their expertise that contributes to the goals of the NEVBD.  This is a full time position through 31 May 2020, with renewal contingent on performance and availability of funds.

Qualified candidates must have an MS, MPH or PhD in Entomology, Public Health, Ecology or related fields, with experience with vector control and/or public health. Prior experience with arthropod taxonomy, surveillance and control is essential.  Prior teaching experience highly desired. Outstanding written and public speaking/oral communication skills are also important.  The Lecture should have sound planning, outstanding organization, problem solving and coordination skills, and the ability to work as a team member and under pressure.

**This position will be posted to Academic Jobs Online**

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.  The federal pay grade of the position at hiring will depend upon the level of the applicant’s experience and credentials.  Likely salary range will be from $81,451 - $125,910.

The ideal candidate should have a doctorate degree in Biological Sciences (preferably disease ecology or medical entomology) with several years of post-doctoral experience, a robust publication record, and a strong desire to do applied public health ecology/entomology research and service activities.  Previous research experience focused on Lyme disease, plague, tularemia or tick-borne relapsing fever is desirable, but not required.

The person sought will serve as a key member of an interdisciplinary entomology and ecology team.  The primary activities of the team center around 1) identifying when and where persons are at risk for exposure to vector-borne bacterial pathogens (primarily focused on agents causing Lyme disease, tickborne relapsing fever, tularemia and plague), 2) elucidating how those pathogens are maintained in natural transmission cycles, and 3) developing and evaluating strategies to reduce human risk of exposure to ticks, fleas and their associated human pathogens.  In addition to conducting research in these broad areas, we expect the successful candidate to be actively involved in service activities and to engage with external public health partners.

The position can be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified, preferably with a start date in late 2019 or early 2020.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and a list of 3 references via e-mail to Rebecca Eisen: dyn2 "at" cdc.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Harris County Vector and Mosquito Control Division

Evaluation of Aedes aegypti suppression using Wolbachia infected males

The proposed project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of Wolbachia infected males produced by MosquitoMate, Inc. as a means to reduce the Aedes aegypti population in District 4 of Harris County, Tx. Two areas have been apparently selected to serve as control and treatment, but final confirmation is pending.

At the start of the evaluation, the selected intern will help with the recruitment of households until 30 per area are found. After recruitment is completed, the intern will deploy BG-sentinel traps, charge and exchange trap batteries, and switch collection bags at each of the participant households. Depending on the selected study areas and the location of the households willing to participate, traveling time could be considerable. Mosquito collection will be conducted twice a week.

The selected intern will sort samples, identify mosquitoes, and meticulously record findings. Mosquito identification training is desirable but not necessary; training can be provided. For the duration of the project the intern will ensure all parts in the trap are in working order to achieve successful trapping.

This is a paid 11-week opportunity for $11/hr and potential monthly stipend based on relocation.

To apply for this job, send CV and completed application (found here: http://cdcsercoevbd-flgateway.org/node/174) to Caroline Weldon (caweldon "at" utmb.edu) by May 20th.

Under the supervision of the Mosquito and Vector Control Division Director, the Project Manager will be responsible for facilitating project development, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating efficiency of the projects for the Mosquito & Vector Control Division (MVCD) programs surrounding mosquito and vector surveillance, control, research, and education efforts.

60% Program Operations; 20% Field/Community Resources; 15% Administrative Support; 5% Other Responsibilities

The full advertisement can be found here.

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 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 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 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

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 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.

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

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 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.

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.

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