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2022 Vector Control Mentorship Program: Request for Applications

For more information, see https://www.naccho.org/blog/articles/naccho-announces-2022-vector-control-mentorship-program-request-for-applications-now-live.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the Vector Control Collaborative (VCC) to match local vector control programs in the United States with demonstrated expertise in the ten capabilities with vector control programs currently looking for guidance, tools and resources, and recommendations to build program capability. Since inception of the VCC in 2018, NACCHO has funded 14 local vector control organizations across five states to provide technical assistance or receive peer-to-peer mentorship with the aim of increasing program proficiency in vector surveillance and control.

Applications are now open for the 2022 VCC Cohort!

Selected local programs will be awarded up to $10,000 in grant funding. NACCHO will issue four awards for the 2022 VCC Cohort, with a goal of creating two mentor-mentee pairs.

Applicants must submit their completed application via email to vectorcontrol@naccho.org  by 11:59 p.m. PST, Monday, February 7, 2022. Applications open until mentor/mentee spots are filled or the deadline has passed──whichever comes first ─── thus early submission of applications is strongly encouraged! Late applications will not be accepted.

Participants in the 2022 VCC Cohort will be provided with a mentor who will visit their local program to provide on-site technical assistance in vector surveillance and control (all travel is subject to local or federal COVID-19 safety procedures). Selected programs will also be awarded funds to visit their mentor’s site and shadow their program.

For questions on the Vector Control Collaborative or the program application, please contact Angana Roy (aroy@naccho.org).

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: VECTOR GENOMICS and BIOLOGY
January 11, 2022

The Norris laboratory, located in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, is seeking a highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral position focusing on mosquito vector genomics and biology. The Norris laboratory is interested in understanding genetic diversity and molecular markers/barcodes that can be used to confirm mosquito identity. This involves development and validation of molecular genetic tools, phylogenetic analysis including spatiotemporal population level studies, and association with vector-borne pathogen incidence.

This postdoctoral position will work as part of a multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary research team. The research program, entitled Computing the Biome, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator program is centered on using mosquitoes as biosensors for detecting the presence of vertebrates, microbes, and viruses in the environment. The NSF-funded effort will be deployed in an urban center and selected mosquito samples will be sequenced and this data will be used to drive studies of mosquito genomics at Johns Hopkins University.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for analyzing genetic barcode data as well as mosquito genomic data from collaborative metagenomic analyses. A thorough understanding of mosquito biology and mosquito genomics is required. The responsibilities include isolation of nucleic acids for sequencing and PCR studies, development of barcode based tools for mosquito identification, assembly and annotation of mosquito genome data as it becomes available, and association of genetic data with biology of interest (i.e. mosquito immunity, microbial load association, ecological associations, etc…). Thus, a combination of computational, programming and molecular bench skills is required. This individual will work closely with collaborators from academic, industry and government partners.
The position is available immediately for one year (with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year contingent on satisfactory performance). We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible and the position will remain open until filled. Salary is based on the NIH postdoc salary scale.

Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research interests, writing/publication sample and contact information of three references. Contact: Dr. Douglas Norris douglas.norris@jhu.edu

Postdoc | USDA Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory:

A postdoctoral position is available immediately with the USDA’s Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. The incumbent will study distribution and control of the invasive tick, H. longicornis with Glen Scoles. Announcement: https://www.ars.usda.gov/research/project/?accnNo=440741

Research Ecologist (GS-12) | Livestock Arthropod Pest Research Unit:

The Livestock Arthropod Pest Research Unit is hiring a new Research Ecologist for the Screwworm Program. This position will rotate between the Kerrville laboratory and the COPEG facility in Pacora, Panama. The announcement opened on Wednesday, will close on February 4, 2022. Announcement: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/629604900

Biologist | Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District: The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Lab Director to plan and provide professional biological and entomological services for the Sacramento-Yolo MVCD. Announcement: https://www.fightthebite.net/download/jobs/SYMVCD-Biologist-2021.pdf

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (Vector Biology & Ecology) – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

The Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) at the University of Georgia invite applications for a joint appointment, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of vector ecology. Two positions are available. One will be located in Athens, GA in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a second position will be located at the SREL. Areas of research might include, but are not limited to: arbovirus-vector interactions, pathogen and vector responses to climate change or land use, emerging vector-borne diseases, evolutionary strategies for limiting the spread of insecticide and drug resistance in pathogens and vectors, determinants of host shifts within and between ecosystems, behavioral influences of infectious disease dynamics, and terrestrial-aquatic linkages. Candidates should have a strong question-driven research program, which incorporates experimental (i.e., field, lab, molecular) approaches, to address the most challenging problems in one or more of these areas. The University of Georgia has world-renowned departmental programs in both Infectious Diseases (https://vet.uga.edu/id) and Ecology (http://www.ecology.uga.edu), which are augmented by research centers focused on parasitology (https://ctegd.uga.edu) and disease ecology (http://ceid.uga.edu and https://srel.uga.edu). These faculty positions are intended to strengthen ties between units that offer much support for collaboration in areas of graduate training, research and undergraduate education. The candidates will have priority access to newly constructed Arthropod Containment Level II/III and BSL II facilities at both locations.

Successful candidates will be expected to develop and maintain a rigorous, externally funded research program, and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring. A PhD or equivalent in vector biology, biology, microbiology, or related field is required, and at least one year of postdoctoral experience is required. At least three years of other documented experience relevant to the position description and a focus on the use of molecular tools to investigate vectors and vector borne diseases is preferred. To apply, candidates should: Combine into a single PDF file a (I) cover letter, (II) curriculum vitae, (III) statement of research accomplishments and future goals (2 page max.), (IV) statement of teaching philosophy and experiences regarding instruction and mentoring (2 page max.), and (V) a statement of commitment to diversity and inclusion (2 page max.). In a separate PDF file, candidates should combine three reprints of authored research papers.. Candidates should submit names and contact information (email address and phone) for three references. Initial consideration of applications will begin December 1st and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 3rd, 2022. The anticipated start date for the position is August 1, 2022.

One of the successful candidates will be located at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, SC. The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the 300 mi2 Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility near Aiken, SC. With a staff of over 175 faculty members, postdocs, research professionals, technicians, and graduate students, the laboratory pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems. SREL also provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research training, and service to the community through environmental outreach. Throughout its 70-year history SREL has strived to acquire and communicate knowledge that contributes to sound ecological stewardship.

The second candidate will be located at the Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Department of Infectious Diseases is home to 49 faculty members focusing a variety of viral, bacterial, and parasitic infectious diseases with strengths in immunology, vaccinology, drug discovery and investigation of host-pathogen interactions. IDIS is home to additional Arthropod Containment Level II/III and BSL II/III facilities.

For full job details, follow the links below:

https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/231930

https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/232681

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District seeks a Biologist to join their team!

Application Due Date: Open Until Filled

Job duties include: 
Conducts a variety of research, participates in studies and surveys; develops, modifies, and
provides assistance in the introduction of new methods and operational techniques; performs data interpretation and analysis, prepares reports, permits and other technical or scientific documents; collaborates with the District Program Coordinator in the evaluation of the impact and efficacy of, and resistance to control products in laboratory and field settings to improve District operations; works with and provides consultation in entomology and ecology of vectors to District personnel,
as well as public and private organizations involved in activities which have a bearing on vector control and surveillance activities; plans and conducts training for District personnel on topics such as, but not limited to, the biology and identification of mosquitoes, ticks, other vectors and endangered and threatened species and habitats; performs general identification of organisms brought into the laboratory by members of the public; may assist Public Information department
with preparing educational materials for distribution; works closely with the Lab Director to assist with the organization and coordination of mosquito-borne disease surveillance program and
activities related to invasive or potentially invasive species such as, but not limited to, Aedes
aegypti, Aedes albopictus, or other species as the need develops; responsible for the evaluation and production of biological control agents and/or organisms except mosquitofish, guppies, and other fish species; may work with Fisheries department on potential biological controls when needed;
performs biological and environmental field surveys, completes reports and other related documents for endangered and/or threatened species and habitats concerned with vector-borne disease prevention, surveillance, and control activities; works with Ecological Management
department on surveys and associated documents and/or permits as required; produces a variety of reports and correspondence using word processing, database, spreadsheet, and map based
applications, and other District software as required; keeps informed of current developments in vector control and vector surveillance, as well as biological, environmental and regulatory changes to maintain skill levels; performs other administrative and/or field work related to mosquito control and surveillance as required; may perform other related, supervisory or higher level
essential tasks as necessary to maintain operations in the absence of the Vector Ecologist or Lab Director; may be required to work overtime hours, weekends and holidays; may be exposed to
infectious diseases associated with mosquitoes and other vectors.

A complete Job Description can be obtained from the Main District Office.

See the full posting here

 

Job Description

Looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated post-doctoral associate to join the Kehn-Hall Lab! The Kehn-Hall lab performs research on emerging viruses, including Venezuelan equine encephalitic virus (VEEV), eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), and SARS-CoV-2. This position will perform cutting edge research on neurological sequalae induced by VEEV and EEEV infections. The research project is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary involving virologists, neurobiologists, and computational biologists. Host-pathogen interactions that contribute to neurological sequalae will be determined, with the ultimate goal of identifying therapeutics to treat and/or block these events. Duties will involve performing in vitro and animal procedures in BSL2, ABSL2, BSL3, and ABSL3 environments. Responsibilities also include data analysis, report and manuscript preparation, compliance with all safety regulations, and assistance with SOP development. The individual is expected to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams from academia, government, and industry. Salary will follow the NIH guidelines for postdoctoral associates.

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Charleston County Public Works Department is looking for a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our team as a Mosquito Control Entomologist.  The successful candidate will conduct office and field assignments to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the citizens of the County.  We provide comprehensive services for the entire County (1,353 square miles) using several diverse methods including aerial and ground surveillance and abatement via helicopter and truck mounted spray vehicles, as well as public education and awareness.  

At the County we do our very best to take care of our employees and offer a wide range of insurance options from medical, dental, vision, and overall wellness for yourself and your family to remain healthy and plan for the future.   Working for the County allows you to earn a pension. Additionally, you will receive paid holiday, vacation, and sick time.  Achieve the work life balance you have been looking for!

HIRING SALARY RANGE: $44,658 – $60,756 (Estimated Annual Salary)

APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINE: Submitted applications are reviewed by the hiring department, on a going basis, prior to the APPLICATION DEADLINE OF: SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2022 or earlier if filled.

See the full posting here!

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Entomology – Global Public Health
Appointment: This is a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Entomology with a specialization in global public health. This 9-month appointment has job expectations in Research, Teaching and Service with an anticipated 60%, 30% and 10% distribution of effort, respectively. The position is located in College Station, TX.

General Duties and Responsibilities: Research in the field of Medical Entomology with a focus on Global Public Health. The incumbent faculty member will have primary responsibility for developing a nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program focused on issues of national and global One Health importance in vector-borne disease with an emphasis on new discoveries and methodologies that have the potential for significant positive impacts on the scientific discipline and/or have economic/public health value to end-user groups. Candidate research programs will be expected to extend directly to the relevant disease-endemic countries/regions. In addition to establishing such strong international collaborations, the incumbent will have the opportunity to develop strong ties with other faculty at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) both within and outside the Department of Entomology.

See the full description here!

JOB OPENING

FULL-TIME

PUBLIC EDUCATION SPECIALIST – The position of Public Education Specialist, along with the Public Education and Information Officer, is responsible for carrying out the public outreach and educational programs for the District. Assists as needed within other departments throughout the District.

Technical direction and general supervision is provided by the Public Education and Information Officer, but the employee is expected to exercise considerable independent judgment at times to accomplish assigned tasks.

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Public Education Specialist

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a focus on the biological sciences, education, OR communications. 3 years’ experience working for a mosquito control program could be substitutes in lieu of degree.
  • Prefer to have a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate.
  • Must have good skills in instructing and speaking to small and large groups, social awareness, classroom management, and flexibility to handle difficult situations.
  • A minimum of 3 years preparing and delivering outreach presentations to the public preferred.
  • Have excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Be able to interact efficiently and cooperatively with the public in a courteous manner.
  • Highly motivated, organized, reliable self-starter who needs little supervision to achieve District goals.
  • Ability to travel when necessary to attend conferences and meetings.
  • Flexibility in work schedule which sometimes includes working nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Experience with WordPress is preferred
  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License or must obtain within one (1) month of employment.
  • Must hold a current Public Health Pest Control License issued by the State of Florida DACS or must obtain within six (6) months of employment.
  • Must be legally allowed to work in the United States

The starting salary for the Public Education Specialist is $48,318. This is an Exempt position. Employees with this classification are not eligible for overtime.

See the full details and apply here!

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is currently searching for a tenure track, assistant professor position for someone who does research in vector borne diseases. The ideal candidate will conduct research areas of surveillance or diagnostics, disease transmission, pathogen/vector/host dynamics, or general virology/microbiology of vector-borne diseases. Strong molecular skills are preferred. See the full job listing here.

Job Opportunity: Research Technician/Biologist

Collier Mosquito Control District is hiring! We’re looking for a research technician/biologist to join our Research Department. Successful candidates will join a passionate, hardworking team dedicated to protecting public health and advancing the science of mosquito control. If you like getting your hands dirty and are excited about performing operational research that has immediate, real-world impacts on your community, this is the opportunity for you.

The position: As a research technician or biologist at the District, you’ll assist with research studies to inform and improve District operations, perform a range of mosquito surveillance activities (weekly trapping, larval sampling and collection, mosquito identification, disease testing, insecticide resistance testing, etc.) and assist with other operational and research tasks as necessary. The job will involve a combination of field and laboratory work, with specific tasks varying by season and project. Summer and fall are our busy seasons, when you’ll perform the bulk of your surveillance activities and field studies. During winter and spring, you may have opportunities to attend trainings and research conferences. The majority of your work will occur Monday through Friday from 7:30am-4pm, but occasional nights and weekends may be required. Ideally, you’ll have a BS or MS in biology, entomology or a related field and experience in (and passion for) mosquito research and control. Salary and job title will be based on skills and experience.

The District: Collier Mosquito Control District encompasses 401 square miles in beautiful southwest Florida between Everglades National Park and the Gulf of Mexico. The District currently employs approximately 50 people at our primary office location in Naples and a satellite office in Immokalee. We practice integrated mosquito management, so every decision we make is based on scientific analysis of a range of environmental and mosquito surveillance data. District highlights include a network of automated mosquito traps, a fully equipped laboratory with onsite disease testing capabilities, an aerial fleet with both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, a cutting-edge drone program and a Gambusia fish distribution program. We also offer a variety of benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a choice of retirement plans; nine paid holidays per year and financial support for continuing education.

See the full announcement for more details! 

Job Opportunity: Biologist/Research Entomologist

Collier Mosquito Control District is hiring! We’re looking for a biologist/research entomologist to join our Research Department. Successful candidates will join a passionate, hardworking team dedicated to protecting public health and advancing the science of mosquito control. If you like getting your hands dirty and are excited about performing operational research that has immediate, real-world impacts on your community, this is the opportunity for you.

The position: As a biologist or research entomologist at the District, you’ll participate in the design and execution of research studies to inform and improve District operations, manage a range of mosquito surveillance activities (weekly trapping, larval sampling and collection, mosquito identification, disease testing, insecticide resistance testing, etc.) and perform other operational and research tasks as necessary. The job will involve a combination of field and laboratory work, with specific tasks varying by season and project. Summer and fall are our busy seasons, when you’ll perform the bulk of your surveillance activities and field studies. During winter and spring, you’ll have opportunities to present your research at local and national conferences. The majority of your work will occur Monday through Friday from 7:30am-4pm, but occasional nights and weekends may be required. Ideally, you’ll have an MS or PhD in biology, entomology or a related field and experience in (and passion for) mosquito research and control. Salary and job title will be based on skills and experience.

The District: Collier Mosquito Control District encompasses 401 square miles in beautiful southwest Florida between Everglades National Park and the Gulf of Mexico. The District currently employs approximately 50 people at our primary office location in Naples and a satellite office in Immokalee. We practice integrated mosquito management, so every decision we make is based on scientific analysis of a range of environmental and mosquito surveillance data. District highlights include a network of automated mosquito traps, a fully equipped laboratory with onsite disease testing capabilities, an aerial fleet with both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, a cutting-edge drone program and a Gambusia fish distribution program. We also offer a variety of benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a choice of retirement plans; nine paid holidays per year and financial support for continuing education.

See the full announcement for more details! 

The Carney Lab at the University of South Florida seeks a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct and publish research on mosquitoes at the intersection of geographic information systems (GIS), artificial intelligence (AI), and citizen science.

The researcher will work as part of an interdisciplinary team at USF, NASA/IGES, CDC, and international organizations on the NSF-funded project, “Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases through Automated Species Identification and Spatiotemporal Modeling” https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2014547.

This is a full-time, one-year position with the possibility of renewal. Ability to work remotely is negotiable. 

Additional information about the lab and PI Ryan Carney can be found at CarneyLab.org and http://biology.usf.edu/ib/faculty/rcarney.

This is a 9-month, tenure-accruing position that will be 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida (UF). The position will be academically housed in the Entomology and Nematology Department within IFAS in Gainesville FL, and the nature of the assignment may change in accordance with the changing needs of the department and IFAS. Tenure will accrue in the Entomology and Nematology Department.

The candidate will develop an internationally recognized and extramurally funded program in molecular ecology of arthropods or nematodes. This is a broad search, but programs applying a modern molecular ecology perspective to themes such as population or landscape genetics, biogeography, species interactions, or molecular evolution may be of interest. Research anywhere on the spectrum from addressing foundational questions in ecological systems to applied work related to agriculture, natural resources conservation, or human and animal health is encouraged. Invasion science is emerging as a campus-wide strength at the University of Florida and the incumbent is encouraged to contribute to strengthening this area of excellence. Similarly, the incumbent is encouraged to take advantage of a recent expansion of capabilities for our HiPerGator supercomputing cluster and a new campus-wide area of emphasis in Artificial Intelligence and other intensive computational approaches.

Read more here!

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION – MODELING MOSQUITO AND TICK-BORNE DISEASE SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL

Columbia University, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B)
International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), The Earth Institute
Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-borne diseases

A postdoctoral position is available in Maria Diuk-Wasser’s lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University, in collaboration with the Columbia International Research Institute for Climate and Society. The applicant will join research projects newly funded by the Department of Defense, NSF and the CDC, and will become part of the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-borne diseases, a collaborative network including faculty from Cornell, Columbia, Fordham and SUNY Universities, the NY State Department of Health and the Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases in CT. The postdoctoral research scientist will harness an extensive network of existing and newly acquired surveillance and control datasets to develop predictive models for the presence and abundance of mosquito and tick vectors and their associated pathogens. Areas of emphasis include simulation modeling to identify optimal deployment of individual and integrated tick management approaches currently being investigated in the Center, modeling the population dynamics and spatial patterns of spread of mosquito and tick-borne pathogens and ensemble modeling of climate impacts on tick and mosquito-borne diseases. The modeling platforms developed will enhance surveillance and the institutional response capacity for real-time impact on vector-borne disease management. Additional opportunities exist for participation in a range of training and applied research activities related to the ecology, evolution and control of mosquito and tick vectors and vector-borne pathogens.

For qualifications and the full description, visit this site.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biological Sciences (https://www.utep.edu/science/biology/about/welcome.html) at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in infectious diseases. The anticipated starting date is fall 2022.

Applicants should possess the ability to develop an extramurally funded research program in infectious diseases and teach and mentor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (M.S. and Ph.D.). Research resources include state-of-the-art molecular and high-throughput screening core facilities, as well as a BSL-3 laboratory and ABSL3 animal facilities. The current areas of expertise within the department and university include virology, bacteriology, parasitology, immunology, vector borne infections, vaccine development and drug discovery. Our goal is to foster and support research on any area of infectious diseases including the vector/tick-borne diseases of public health importance in the U.S.-Mexico border area. However, we encourage outstanding candidates in all areas of infectious diseases to apply. The successful candidate will have access to our state-of-the-art Border Biomedical Research Center Core Facilities (https://www.utep.edu/science/bbrc/) located in the building.

Read the full description here!

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.

For additional information, see the flyer.

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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