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A research fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Dengue Branch Entomology and Ecology Unit within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Fort Collins, CO. For details and application procedure, please see the following link: CDC Dengue Branch ORISE Fellowship

The Facilities Maintenance Technician will perform a variety of general maintenance and mechanical duties.

Essential Functions:
· Perform a variety of mechanical duties including general plumbing, painting, carpentry, and electrical work to maintain heliports and other District facilities and property
· Perform general electrical work including installation, maintenance and repair of electrical components
· Perform masonry work including installing concrete block, building concrete forms, pouring and finishing concrete and applying stucco
· Install, service and maintain air conditioning units
· Troubleshoot problems, repair and install pumps and motors
· Paints interior and exterior surfaces including all phases of preparation and clean up
· Perform a variety of woodworking tasks including installing crown molding, trim, door and window frames, and building and installing cabinetry
· Maintains the Districts driveways, runways, sidewalks and parking lots
· Install ceramic tiles, vinyl and wood laminate flooring
· Hang drywall including finishing by taping and mudding and applying texture
· Build, repair and install trusses, soffit, fascia, vinyl siding and rain gutters
· Perform a variety of routine maintenance tasks, such as cleaning and changing air filters, replacing light bulbs, cleaning equipment, pressure washing, and performing routine roof and building maintenance
· Cooks and assists with catering meals for events held at the District
· May perform a variety of lawn care work to assist Grounds staff as needed
· Communicate with the public in a professional and courteous manner and refer all inquiries outside of area of expertise back to the appropriate person at the District
· Responsible for ensuring all assigned equipment and tools are maintained and repaired as needed
· Other duties and projects as assigned

Minimum salary is $22.84 – $26.67 per hour depending on experience and education. To apply, and for more details, see here.

The Applied Science and Technologies (AST) Technician maintains Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) insectaries, performs male/female pupae separation, prepares adult male mosquitoes for release, and performs a variety of support functions for the SIT program.

Duties:

· Maintains the mosquito colony including feeding adult mosquitoes, collecting and quantifying mosquito eggs, and maintaining rearing trays and cages

· Separates mosquitoes into categories such as generation, sex, age, stage of development, and controls them to prevent their escape or intermingling

· Obtains and manipulates mosquitoes individually or in groups, without harming them, and prepares them for experimental trials

· Observes colonies for signs of disease or obvious changes of life cycles, deaths, and general activity, reporting observations to the AST Supervisor

· Prepares sugar solutions for adult mosquitoes

· Maintains the larval colony including conducting mass egg hatchings, feeding larval mosquitoes, cleaning trays, and transferring pupae to adult colony holding cages

· Repairs and modifies adult cages as needed

· Prepares mosquitoes for irradiation

· Operates X-ray equipment to irradiate male mosquito pupae or adults and prepares them for release as needed

· Identifies adult mosquitoes and counts mosquito eggs as needed

· Operates, maintains, and performs minor repairs on specialized equipment

· Prepares mosquitoes for use in specialized equipment

· Designs and develops equipment to increase efficiency in mass rearing and releases

· Assists in rearing facility design and set up

· Proposes experimental ideas based on observations

The pay range for this non-exempt position starts at $20.17 -$23.54 depending on experience. Excellent benefits package includes Florida Retirement System, medical, dental, life/LTD/STD and generous paid time off package. To apply, and for more details, see here

The Field Inspector will perform inspections and spray missions for mosquitoes in assigned area, assist with maintenance of trails, heliports/facilities, assist with loading helicopters with fuel and chemicals as well as other duties as operational needs dictate.

Essential Functions:
· Inspects assigned geographical areas for the presence of larvae, pupae and adult mosquitoes and records findings
· Monitor rainfall, tide, trap, service requests and other Mapvision data, to determine which areas to inspect and treat, which control method is most appropriate and arrange to have the necessary equipment to execute the mission
· Discuss daily inspection/treatment plans with Supervisor and adjust plans as needed to accomplish daily operational priorities
· Responsible for inspecting and treating habitats that support larval development including yards around homes, roadside ditches, storm retention/detention areas, and storm drains
· Perform ground larviciding and adulticiding spray missions as needed in assigned areas
· Records and reports the results of all surveillance, larviciding and adulticiding activities to supervisor
· Responds to resident service requests, as assigned by Mosquito Control Biologist I/II/III, by conducting a field investigation and reporting findings into MapVision on Toughbook at time of inspection
· Responsible for entering inspection, back check and spray data into database at time of inspection/spray into MapVision via iPhone App and/or Toughbook
· Conduct back checks as required by FDACS on areas treated, evaluate the efficacy of control practices imposed and determine next course of action to correct any deficiency
· Survey for any unexpected environmental response to control practices and follow appropriate notification and documentation protocol
· Transports fuel and chemicals to needed locations
· Conduct walk around pre-trip vehicle inspections and ensures all necessary supplies and materials are present to complete trip
· Responsible for wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
· Communicate with the public in a professional and courteous manner and refer all inquiries outside area of expertise back to the appropriate person at the District
· Follow District Safety policies and procedures and comply with all local, state and federal regulations at all times
· Responsible for ensuring all assigned equipment is maintained and repaired as needed
· Responsible for reporting damage to vehicle/ equipment in a timely manner
· Must have regular and predictable attendance
· Other duties and projects as assigned

Minimum salary is $21.96 – $25.64 per hour, depending on experience and education. To apply, and for more details, see here.

The Vector-Borne Disease Section of the California Department of Public Health is recruiting for a Public Health Biologist at the Associate level. Public Health Biologists conduct activities relating to the prevention, surveillance, epidemiology, and control of vector-borne diseases in an assigned region of California. This position is located in Elk Grove, California (approx. 15 miles south of Sacramento). Applications must be submitted by July 5, 2022. For more information and to apply, see here. 

Please also indicate your interest in the position by emailing your CV or resume to Mark Novak at Mark.Novak@cdph.ca.gov. Please contact Dr. Novak, Supervising Public Health Biologist, Vector-Borne Disease Section, with any questions via email or phone (916) 686-8414.

Research Project: The focus of the CMES (Comprehensive Molecular Entomological Surveillance) project is to develop and implement three next-generation amplicon sequencing, and associated data analyses, workflows on Oxford Nanopore Technology’s MinION sequencing platform. The overall goal of the project is to put useful genetic data closer to the people that practice vector mosquito control. As such, the three areas of research are: CMES-blood (identifying host bloodmeal species), CMES-IR (sequencing insecticide resistance mutations), and CMES-parity (estimating age structure in mosquito populations).

Training for the selected participant will include primer panel design, and assay optimization (specimen preparation, nucleic acid extraction, PCR, sequencing library preparation, sequencing) with an eye towards using barcodes to maximize the number of specimens sequenced in a run. As well, training will include assisting in the development of analysis pipelines so end users can analyze the data they generate. We anticipate the three areas of research will be conducted more concurrently than sequentially. If desired, a significant component of the training can involve the incumbent collaborating with our scientific computing staff to develop user-friendly pipelines that use publicly-available tools to analyze their data.

The participant will also have the opportunity to conduct research on other projects underway in our lab including developing species-specific genetic markers to discern closely-related species, draft genome or exome generation of vector mosquitoes, and viral genome sequencing. If the participant wishes to develop their own, additional, related side project, we are open to discussing that as well.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this training, the participant will improve their skills in laboratory techniques such as next-generation sequencing library preparation, amplification, quantitation, and troubleshooting unexpected results in order to optimize processes.

As a result of this training, the participant will also improve their skills in explaining and promoting the use of the workflows by the intended users by collaborating with CDC partners.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Linda Kothera (lkothera@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 1, 2022. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

For more information and to apply, see here

Mosquito control is science-based. Mosquito control professionals use observation of mosquito populations, evaluation of novel control technology and predictive modeling to determine the best way to manage mosquito populations and prevent pathogen transmission. Mosquito control has benefited from a long history of research within mosquito abatement agencies, at public and private universities, and at other qualified research institutions examining how to improve mosquito control to provide a better quality of life for the public.

In 2015, the American Mosquito Control Association was approached to begin administering the Mosquito Research Foundation. Re-named the AMCA Research Fund, the new program seeks to fund research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control, ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites. Priority research areas include:

  • Mosquito behavior and ecology
  • Arbovirus transmission
  • Chronic and/or acute impact of pesticides on target and non-target organisms
  • Novel methods of domestic and/or urban mosquito surveillance and control
  • Novel methods of arbovirus surveillance, control, and risk prediction
  • Adulticides and/or larvicides: new products research
  • Pesticide efficacy and/or resistance

 

REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS

THE DEADLINE FOR 2023 PRE-PROPOSALS IS FRIDAY, 24 JUNE 2021.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PRE-PROPOSAL*

*Please email this completed document to mmacnee@mosquito.org

GOALS

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Research Fund invites new pre-proposals for research on mosquito control and related topics for funding for calendar year 2023

AMCA® is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing leadership, information, and education leading to the enhancement of public health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes.

The AMCA Research Fund is devoted to funding research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control and ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites.

 

PRIORITY AREAS

Highlight partnerships – especially with districts and large groups to make this work. 

  • Characterize the attributes of communities (e.g., socioeconomic, education level, geographic, age, other) that support mosquito control
  • Analyze gaps in vector control educational resources – similar to CDC Northeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/104251
  • Evaluate the most effective communication techniques about mosquito control and disease prevention that lead to behavioral by communities
  • Examine the synergy of community education in conjunction with chemical, biological, and/or physical control methods
  • Identification of effective ways to communicate risk to community members and non-scientists
  • Developing public facing data/hazard graphics and studying their impacts on public perception (how effective are the new tools that we have; what gaps are still present)
  • Assessing strategies to limit chemophobia in a community/population

More specifically, AMCARF priority areas for this funding cycle include but are not limited to projects investigating:

New Communication Tools – Identification/development of new communication tools/techniques/graphics/media that more actively engage non-scientists and community members in the fight against public-health vector disease (projects must have a significant research component evaluating the efficacy of these tools or culminating in their development, preferably for multiple communities)

Understanding Risk Perception – projects focused on how communities perceive risk and identifying parameters that lead to more accurate appreciation of the benefit of mosquito control approaches and the risk of mosquito-transmitted pathogens

Synergism by Public Education – research related to evaluating the combined effects of traditional mosquito control approaches and community-wide education programs on reducing mosquitoes/mosquito-borne disease in a given area

Limiting Misinformation – with misinformation regarding pesticides on the rise on social media and other fora, particular focus will be placed on projects attempting to understand the spread of chemophobia and limiting its harmful effects

For more details, see the website: https://www.mosquito.org/page/researchfund

The Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking applicants for a Research Scientist position to join the Smith Laboratory. This position plays an integral role in mosquito and tick surveillance efforts in the state of Iowa.

Primary responsibilities include

  • Identification of arthropod vectors collected across the state, the processing of samples for pathogen detection, and the curation of surveillance data involving frequent opportunities for field work through mosquito trapping and active tick surveillance efforts.
  • Management/oversight of seasonal employees
  • Interaction with local public health partners in a leadership capacity.
  • Preparation of manuscripts for peer reviewed-scientific journals and project reports for local and state public health agencies.
  • Some travel may be required to visit with collaborating public health partners to educate and evaluate potential surveillance sites, or for the collection of mosquito and tick samples.

See the description here: https://mosquito-jobs.careerwebsite.com/job/research-scientist/62638021/

The DART Lab at the University of California, Davis seeks a postdoc to develop web-based data analysis and visualization tools to support public-health and vector-control decisions in California and other U.S. states. The position will work as part of the Vectorborne Disease Surveillance (VectorSurv) team, along with local, state, and federal partner agencies, to develop data tools for the VectorSurv online data system (e.g., https://vectorsurv.org and https://maps.vectorsurv.org).

Responsibilities will include (1) designing processes and writing code to integrate diverse data sources, including data on climate, land use, human demographics, and vector surveillance and control, (2) developing predictive models for vector abundance and vector-borne disease risk, (3) working with the programming team to automate models for use in VectorSurv’s web applications, and (4) writing manuscripts describing findings.

See the full job description and how to apply here. 

SUNY is looking to hire two vector-borne disease researchers at Assistant, Associate or Full Professor levels as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. 

The position offers a highly competitive hard-money state-line salaries and a generous start-up package supplemented by contributions from the New York State Empire Innovation fund.

The successful candidates will join a growing team of collaborative and interdisciplinary infectious disease researchers within the SUNY Center for Vector-Borne Diseases and Institute for Global Health and Translational Sciences. 

The Dr. Zain Syed lab at the University of Kentucky is looking to fill multiple positions, at the MS, PhD, or postdoctoral level. The candidates will work on a range of arthropods such as ticks, flies (fruit flies, sand flies and screwworm), and mosquitoes.

See the flyer for more details. 

The Laboratory Technician will assist in the culture of medically important ticks that can transmit a variety of pathogens, perform morphological authentication of these stocks, perform bioassays and experiments, and assist in preparing and distributing ticks to collaborators. This position works 40 hours per week, some of which may consist of weekend and holiday work. The staff member will be hired by, and an employee of, the CDC Foundation and assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Roybal campus in Atlanta, Georgia. The staff member will support the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch.

Duties and Responsibilities:

•    Maintain multiple live laboratory colonies of ticks

•    Handle and work with laboratory animals (rodents, etc.) as needed for maintenance of tick colonies

•    Utilize techniques for sedation of various laboratory animals and collection of blood, serum, and tissue samples

•    Utilize morphological identification of tick species and dissection techniques

•    Prepare, coordinate, and distribute tick shipments to collaborators

•    Apply molecular techniques in support of laboratory objectives 

•    Perform bioassays and experiments

•    Order materials needed for lab

•    Conduct general laboratory maintenance, including cleaning 

•    Maintain records (paper and electronic) and related documents

•    Prepare reports as scheduled or requested by the supervisor

•    Follow established biosafety protocols and procedures

•    As required by the project, participate in limited travel

•    Other duties as assigned

See the full description and apply here

POSITION OVERVIEW

Position title: Assistant Professor

APPLICATION WINDOW

Open March 25th, 2022 through Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Department of Entomology at the University of California invites applicants for an Assistant Professor to develop an innovative, field-oriented, research program on the population dynamics and community ecology of mosquitoes. This is a 9 month, tenure-track position. The position will be available July 1, 2022. Research should focus on mosquito population biology and ecology, and include studying aquatic habitats in urban, agricultural and natural areas. Research may also include studies on the epidemiology of mosquito-transmitted pathogens of humans. The Department seeks an individual who will complement existing expertise in medical entomology and vector biology, and who can work collaboratively with faculty across academic departments, colleges and UC campuses. Collaborative research efforts with vector control districts, state and county public health agencies or international health agencies are also strongly encouraged. Teaching responsibilities may include participation in aquatic entomology, vector biology and ecology, and medical/veterinary entomology courses, as well as supervision of graduate students.

Required qualifications that must be met at the time of application for this position include: a Ph.D. in Entomology or in the Biological Sciences. Candidates should have a strong background and experience in population biology and ecology of human disease vectors in aquatic habitats, preferably mosquitoes.

See the full description and learn how to apply here: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01512

Position Description: 

The Central Life Sciences (CLS) business unit of Central Garden & Pet is dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and the protection of companion animals, economic animals, plants, stored grains and the environment.  We are actively seeking a Technical Services Entomologist to provide field support to our Professional sales groups with primary focus on the Vector & PCO business units. The position will also provide support to Vector & PCO distributors, partners, mosquito control districts and their technical directors. The Technical Services Entomologist will also assist in supporting the development of new products via field research and in house studies.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

  • Train and communicate with sales team members, distributors, distribution company personnel and technical directors on proper use of CLS mosquito (adulticides and larvicides) control and professional pest control products.
  • Prepare Integrated Pest Management programs and provide recommendations and plans specific to individual operations, as needed.
  • Attend and present product information, data, recommendations and plans at internal meetings as well as customer and industry events and conferences.   
  • Attend applicable scientific based meetings/conferences to stay abreast of current research being conducted in the field, gain information on new technology and competitive product knowledge.
  • Travel with sales team members to provide support at meetings, field days, and commercial and site visits.
  • Become familiar with product labels, product use recommendations, active ingredients and application knowledge for the vector and pest control industry.
  • Investigate and troubleshoot field product failures and provide support and communicate findings back to stakeholders.
  • Participate in the generation of new product development.
  • Review research and write/publish industry white papers.

IDEAL CANDIDATE ATTRIBUTES

  • Education: Required:   MS or PhD (preferred) in Entomology, Biology, or related field with an emphasis in Pest control and or Vector (mosquito control).
  • 3-5 years’ experience in vector or pest control industry with MS. 2-4 years with Ph.D.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing and participate in a team   environment.
  • Proficiency in public speaking and presentation skills to present data to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Ability to observe phenomena, analyze their significance, correlate their parameters, interpret their meaning, and to recommend further action or direction.
  • Computer competency especially in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of, or ability to learn life cycles of key pest species.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing schedules.
  • This position requires an exceptionally high degree of creativity and innovation in implementing existing technologies and adapting new ones.  The complexities of product design and evaluation require special insight gained from years of training and experience. A high degree of concentration is also required to achieve desirable results.
  • Competence in mathematics is of considerable importance.  Algebraic calculations are routinely involved and must be exact and free of error.  Knowledge of the fundamentals of chemistry is required, particularly active ingredients used in insecticides. 
  • Verbal and written communication skills – must lucidly convey complex aspects of formulation design and function. 
  • Ability to use computer office systems and applications effectively is required. Effective problem-solving skills are often required when developing IPM programs.
  • Familiar with the use of application equipment, mixing equipment, and other practices common to the industry
  • Knowledge or ability and willingness to learn about application equipment systems, including but not limited to pesticidal spray/fogging equipment applied by hand, ground and aerial.
  • Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner.
  • Travel will be required. Approximately 60 – 70%.

See the full description here!

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions (Posted March, 2022)

Vector-borne disease ecology and control

Postdoctoral positions in vector and vector-borne disease ecology and control are available at Texas A&M University in the lab of Gabriel Hamer Lab (https://hamerlab.tamu.edu) in the Department of Entomology.  The successful candidate will contribute one or more research projects funded by multiple sponsors: 1) evaluate host-targeted ectoparasiticide and/or endectocides for the control of multiple vector species (triatomines, mosquitoes, ticks), 2) conduct lab, semi-field, and field trials evaluating traps and control tools for ticks and kissing bugs, 3) study human and animal infection or exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and other infection agents. Research projects include insectary, field, and high-containment labs (BSL2 and BSL3) with opportunities for domestic and international travel to study sites. The candidate will have opportunities to contribute to multiple research projects on vector-borne disease and emerging zoonoses funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

Candidates should have a PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, epidemiology or related fields. Candidates with a DVM are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications, have strong quantitative, organizational, written, and oral communication skills. Demonstrated expertise in statistical analysis of datasets will be prioritized in the review process. Candidates will be expected to lead data analyses projects and contribute to manuscript and proposal writing. Candidates will need to work independently and as effective members of multidisciplinary collaborative teams. The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate with the investigators and partners of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program (http://eeb.tamu.edu/).

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position start date is flexible. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references, and most relevant publications. Application materials should be e-mailed as a single PDF to: gabe.hamer@ag.tamu.edu.

See the posting here: hamerlab.tamu.edu/opportunities/

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 organizations related to medical entomology and arthropod control; maintains the currency of written, electronic, and on-line materials for the vector control industry and the public; coordinates and performs vector surveillance to assist local governmental organizations; provide consultation on IPM techniques to stakeholders; provides technical assistance in arthropod identification and control to mosquito & vector control programs and other stakeholders; provides subject matter expertise to the zoonosis control program for planning and response during declared emergencies; Serves as the department’s regional vector control 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.  

See the full job description here. 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: BIOLOGIST

FILING PERIOD: Open until filled.

SALARY RANGE: $75,257.24 TO $94,071.55 (5-Step scale), negotiable.

BENEFITS: Package includes CalPERS retirement & medical, Delta Dental, VSP Vision, disability (long & short term), administrative leave, vacation, sick leave, etc.

STATUS: Full-time, probationary, FLSA Exempt position.

POSITION

Under the general direction of the Scientific Program Manager, the Biologist assists with a variety of routine and standard biological, microbiological, chemical and other laboratory procedures to support the District’s vector surveillance and control program, vector-borne disease surveillance and prevention program, relevant entomological research projects; and performs related laboratory and field work as required.

 See the full description here!

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

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

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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Biology of Vector-borne Diseases course

The Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem hosts the annual Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day course. This course provides accessible, condensed training and “knowledge networking” for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, current trends and developments, and practical knowledge for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans. We seek to train the next generation of scientists and help working professionals to more effectively address current and emerging threats with holistic approaches and a strong network of collaborators and mentors.

The course is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens to highlight parallels and key distinctions in biology across plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases. This course sets an example of new vision, through leadership of the Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem, to create an enduring community of participants and instructors to expand the impact and sustainability of these approaches.

The fourth annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, June 13-18, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and invited to register for the course. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.

In the course, we are attempting to break down silos, to move people away from focusing on individual organisms, individual temporal and spatial scales of study and individual pathosystems, to seeing connections and parallels among all of these.

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