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The Senior Medical Entomologist leads the medical entomology team in the Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease Program, which is part of the Epidemiology Resource Center (ERC) at the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). This role directs statewide entomologic investigation and surveillance for vector-borne infectious diseases of public health importance in Indiana; supervises the activities of medical entomologists and administrative staff and provide for continuity of operations in their absence; analyzes, interprets, and disseminates entomologic surveillance data; organizes trainings on entomologic surveillance and control for local public health professionals; and provides technical assistance to state agencies, local health departments, Tribal representatives, health care providers, academic partners, community organizations, and members of the public.


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The University of Idaho is pleased to announce a Faculty Cluster Hire in Modeling and Data Science.  The University of Idaho will add up to six faculty at the assistant or associate level. They are looking for outstanding researchers who use diverse modeling skills to address public health challenges along the continuum from pathogen dynamics at the human-wildlife interface, to emerging disease prediction and prevention, to rural health disparities. For further information or to apply, see the website.

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POSITION: Post Doctoral Associate – Rutgers University, Center for Vector Biology

DESCRIPTION: The Price Lab within the Department of Entomology / Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University seeks to fill an open Postdoctoral Associate position specializing in the evolutionary and molecular biology of ixodid ticks to carry out USDA-NIFA funded research focusing on surveillance of ticks and tick-borne disease, and molecular control mechanisms e.g., anti-tick vaccines. This is a grant-funded position with an initial term of one year with possibility of multiple-year renewal.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a PhD in relevant area of Entomology, Acarology, Ecology, Immunology, or Veterinary Sciences focusing on ticks, tick biology and/or genome-oriented arthropod research. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience spanning two major disciplines: (1) DNA/RNA extraction, handling, processing, next-generation library preparation and sequencing on Illumina and Oxford Nanopore platforms, associated bioinformatic analyses of sequence data, and (2) basic field techniques for tick collection and surveillance.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested applicant should apply online at

Lee County Mosquito Control District is seeking a ULV Truck Operator. 

  • Open until filled
  • Pay rate is $13.67 per hour
  • This position is not eligible for benefits
  • This is an ON-Call position all year round.

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**This opportunity will be posted on Zintellect in the next few weeks (by July) – for questions, or to express interest, contact the POC listed below**

Funding is available for a one year ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) Fellow opportunity for tick threat assessment at US Air Force Bases. 

Host Location: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton OH 45433

Opportunity description:
Participant will investigate tick species presence, distribution and density at up to 8 Air Force Bases (TBD) in the United States. Activities will include:
• Environmental tick surveillance (e.g. flagging, dragging)
• Removal of ectoparasites from euthanized / nuisance killed wildlife
• Sampling of ticks and other ectoparasites from birds (TBD)
• Identification of tick samples to genus and species
• Extraction of nucleic acids to prepare samples for PCR and sequencing analysis
• Detection of tick-borne disease agents in samples
• PCR species ID, or genetic sequencing of samples (only as needed)
• Analyze nucleotide sequence data to confirm species identification or to reveal phylogenetic relationships (only as needed)
• Perform a comparative tick sampling study at the host location, using two different dry ice traps and two different tick drags.

The Fellow will also engage with Public Health at 2 – 3 bases to implement on-site tick testing of human biting Ixodes scapularis for Borrelia burgdorferi, and may participate in CDC’s MALDI-TOF tick analysis project by submitting specimens to that program. The Fellow will be encouraged to submit all novel findings for presentation or publication. This opportunity has significant travel and field work components, and also lab work as specified above.

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The University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL) Biology Department is seeking a Graduate Student TA for two years, plus summer salary for first summer (and most likely for a second summer). Tuition will be waived. The study is a mixture of molecular and field work with a concentration on Lone Star and American dog ticks.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr. John McCreadie at You can also visit the Biology Department web page for more information.

Pasco County Mosquito Control District (PCMCD) and the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is seeking applications for a student internship opportunity for the summer/fall of 2021. The mission of PCMCD is to protect the health and well-being of the citizens of Pasco County through the prevention and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. The county has several species of interest that are dangerous disease vectors and several others that create a major nuisance during most months of the year. District research, surveillance and control efforts span all mosquito habitats within the county, from salt marshes to the urbanized residential areas.

Student interns will contribute to various on-going research and surveillance projects. They will be exposed to the principles of integrated pest management as it applies to mosquito control, trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology and identification, lab rearing and handling, larval and adult resistance testing. The student intern will work under the direction of the Research and Surveillance Director. Duties would include, but are not limited to, breeding site surveillance, adult mosquito trapping and identification, larval collection and sorting, egg collection and mosquito rearing, larval and adult bioassays, equipment calibration and field efficacy trials.

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Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Global Health Group (GHG)

Position Title – Latin America Postdoctoral Fellow, Impact Malaria

Location – San Francisco, CA (remote until tentative return to the office in June 2021)

Start Date –March/April 2021

End Date – October 2022

To Apply: Please email your CV and cover letter to with “Postdoctoral Fellow – Latin America” in the subject line.


Postdoctoral Fellow Position

Impact Malaria (IM) is a five-year (2018-2023) President’s Malaria Initiative project led by Population Services International and supported by UCSF across dozens of countries. IM has recently been asked by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to provide technical assistance to support two operational research studies in Latin America. One study will investigate high vs low dose primaquine for radical cure of Plasmodium vivax (most likely in Peru). The second project will be the development of a risk-benefit assessment tool to support countries to make decisions on what radical cure treatment regimen they should use bearing in mind local prevalence and severity of glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency variants, and possibility to test for G6PD deficiency.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be the focal point for UCSF’s Latin America work and will support the Primary Investigators in all aspects of the project. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be responsible for working in close partnership with the implementing partner(s) in Latin America to help oversee the study by providing key logistical, technical, partnership, and administrative support to ensure the overall smooth facilitation of the study. The Postdoctoral Fellow may be asked to support additional IM projects or other USAID funded workstreams.

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The Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Florida.
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