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Under direct supervision, the Vector Program Coordinator oversees day to day operations of the Mosquito Management Contract, coordinates and further develops the active tick surveillance program and for other vectors, completes assigned public health inspections, investigations and re-inspections in compliance with applicable program standards, state laws and rules, Board of Health policies and services in alignment with the agency’s adopted mission and vision, community needs, and federal, state, and local mandates. This position focuses on providing excellent customer service to internal and external customers in accordance with the mission, core values, and purposes of Franklin County Public Health.

Duties Include:

– Form partnerships and collaborates with jurisdictions and other private and government affiliates.
– Guide and help to plan the expansion of mosquito, tick and additional vector programs;
– Conducts training and education programs for public health personnel and the general public (e.g., business proprietors, civic organizations, neighborhood groups, other health professionals and groups).
– Creates and maintains spray maps and dashboards for website and jurisdictional leadership using ArcGIS Online and related ESRI apps.
– Coordinates writing, editing, and collecting documentation to assure full compliance with the
applicable grants/contracts.
– Performs observations, inspections, re-inspections and investigations according to standardized procedures and prepares reports.
– Other related duties as assigned.

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his is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 85% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 15% teaching (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), available at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. Appointment at the Associate Professor level will be considered for individuals with special qualifications and experience and/or demonstrable research productivity and funding record. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Research duties focus on arthropod vectors of disease, particularly mosquitoes and ticks, and the pathogens they transmit with emphasis on using modern genetic engineering tools and procedures (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9 mediated transgenesis) for developing and evaluating new information and tools relevant to arbovirus system management. Tenure will accrue in the appropriate department in UF-IFAS.  

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These are 9-month tenure-accruing positions that will be 90% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 10% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service, http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/), available at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, of the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include research and extension focusing on the biology and control of vectors and vector-borne pathogens with emphasis on vector physiology, behavior, or management / surveillance. Tenure will accrue in the Entomology and Nematology Department UF-IFAS.  The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their graduate students.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program.  The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in their program area.  The FMEL seeks candidates who demonstrate research interests complementary to those of current FMEL faculty and that will promote intra- and extramural research collaborations, including international programs.

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West Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is seeking a Scientific Operations Director

Filing Deadline: Open until filled

Salary: $46.16 – $57.64/hour DOE

Basic Functions:  Under the direct supervision of the District Manager, the Scientific Director 1) plans, implements, directs, and administers the District’s Scientific Programs, and 2) supervises and trains laboratory scientific staff and any seasonal employees.

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Statement of Duties to be Performed:

The Malaria Advisor (USAID/PMI Resident Advisor) will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:

Strategic and Technical Leadership 50%

Working under the direction of the Director of USAID/Nigeria’s Health, Population, and Nutrition (HPN) Office (or her/his delegate) and in close collaboration with other team leads and members of the USAID/Nigeria HPN Office and the CDC/PMI Resident Advisor, the Advisor will provide strategic leadership and technical guidance to the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of USAID/Nigeria’s malaria activities. The incumbent will work across sectors to develop and ensure implementation of smart integration approaches with reproductive, maternal, and newborn, and child health (RMNCH), HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis activities that provide greater program efficiencies and improved health outcomes. S/he will liaise with USAID/Washington and CDC/Atlanta backstop personnel, manage USAID FSN staff working on malaria, and provide managerial and technical support to the NMEP Director and staff to build capacity within the NMEP. In addition, the Advisor will represent USAID and the USG on various national and international technical and policy forums.

The Advisor, working in collaboration with the NMEP, HPN team members, the CDC/PMI Resident Advisor (PMI/Malaria Team co-Lead), and PMI staff in USAID, Washington and CDC, Atlanta, will be responsible for developing annual malaria work plans. S/he will work with the USAID/Nigeria Program Office and USAID/Washington to ensure full accountability and value for money of funds provided by the PMI and other relevant health funds. He will work with the USAID Nigeria Program Office and Washington to ensure that financial and technical reports on the USAID malaria program in Nigeria are prepared and submitted as required.

The Advisor will provide technical and managerial support to USAID staff and implementing partners as needed during the design and implementation phases of all projects with malaria components to ensure interventions are high quality and programmatic targets are met. The Advisor will ensure that all activities are consistent with internationally accepted best practices and relevant to the specific malaria epidemiology of Nigeria. PMI will provide technical assistance for monitoring insecticide resistance used in LLINs and IRS and, as needed, provide technical assistance for indoor residual spraying.

The Advisor will be responsible for developing a monitoring and evaluation plan, as well as ensuring that implementing partners develop project monitoring plans and report in a timely manner on their activities. It is also expected that the incumbent will provide expert advice and practical experience to the Ministry of Health, the NMEP and other partners in how to execute operational plans, both jointly and collaboratively, to achieve measurable quantitative and qualitative malaria results, and in monitoring and reporting on malaria inputs, progress and outcomes relating to Roll Back Malaria (RBM) goals. S/he will carry out monitoring and evaluation visits to implementation sites to ascertain all quantitative and qualitative data is collected properly and ensure programmatic quality and value for money are maintained. In the event s/he cannot get to the field, the Advisor will, with the assistance of the Missions third-party monitoring and evaluation advisors, ensure that field monitoring is carried out.

The Advisor will liaise with USAID/Washington and the HPN senior management to ensure effective oversight of the Neglected Tropical Disease program and other relevant activities that the need arises. S/he will develop, and present analysis, reports and presentations as needed to the Government of Nigeria (GON), USG Agency Heads, development partners and other high-level visitors and carry out relevant programmatic recommendations.

 

Management of Activity Implementation 25%

The Advisor, in collaboration with the NMEP, will be responsible for overseeing the management of a broad range of PMI supported malaria prevention and control activities, including: LLIN procurement and distribution through various channels, including free mass distribution and community level continuous distribution; procurement and distribution of Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) and artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs); case management of childhood illnesses, malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, at health facility and community level that includes appropriate use of RDTs for malaria diagnosis and treatment of malaria case in both public and he private sectors; provision of drug-based prevention including seasonal malaria chemo-prevention (SMC) and intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) coverage; behavior change and communication activities to support all of the above interventions; manage technical support for monitoring insecticide resistance and for technical assistance on an as need basis to the GON or state governments. The Advisor shall manage and oversee services and deliverables provided by contractors and grantees, in accordance with USAID program management regulations, procedures, and practices. S/he will also be responsible for monitoring and reporting the results of all malaria activities. Specifically, the Advisor will:

● Serve as Agreement/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR) and program/project/ activity manager.

● Provide review and approval of work plans, project budgets, performance monitoring plans, quarterly.

and annual reports, and other key documents for managed activities.

● Provide guidance on new program initiatives, draft program documents to secure funding and

implement activities and manage the relationships between USAID and USAID implementing partners

(IPs).

● Provide technical assistance in capacity building, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation to key USAID governmental and nongovernmental partners, to ensure that they develop measurable plans and objectives for the implementation of innovative and effective HPN projects.

● Provide oversight to ensure that programs achieve sound programmatic and financial management, achieve anticipated results, are linked to and enhance attainment of strategic objectives, are aligned with GON priorities and are implemented within the framework of the USG foreign assistance policies. Work closely with other U.S. Mission and Agency staff to ensure effective coordination and alignment of all USG programs.

● Conduct regular site visits to monitor activity progress and to provide technical and programmatic recommendations or ensure that third party monitoring is carried out if unable to go to the field.

● Promote state sustainable plans with improved governance and accountability through activities that support the GON’s Journey to Self-reliance.

Partner Relationships 25%

The incumbent will establish and maintain productive collaborative relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, the federal Ministry of Health, state governments, World Bank, Global Fund, WHO, UNICEF, other donors as well as NGOs and faith-based organizations working on malaria and related issues. The incumbent will, therefore, develop and maintain relationships with these partners and stakeholders to design, plan and implement malaria prevention and control activities consistent with the malaria control coverage needs identified by the strategy and plans of the NMEP and PMI such as commodity gaps and a national monitoring and evaluation plan. S/he will effectively ensure that all the USG malaria activities are complementary and enhance all other malaria activities being implemented in Nigeria. The incumbent will participate in meetings hosted by the NMEP on malaria.

As needed, the Advisor will carry out other tasks related to the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of USAID support to the health/population/nutrition sector in Nigeria. The Advisor may also represent USAID/Nigeria at regional and international conferences, and act as a regional resource in various health sector areas.

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Lee County Mosquito Control District is seeking a Field Inspector to perform ground inspections and spray missions in assigned areas, along with other related duties.

Key details include: 

  • Minimum salary is $21.12/hour
  • Accepting applications until filled

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Lee County Mosquito Control District is seeking an Aircraft Radio Technician to  inspect, service, repair and install a variety of aircraft electronics, avionics, radio communications systems as well as Agricultural GPS navigation/mapping systems. Key details include:

  • Full-Time Pay rate is $23.61- $27.54 depending on experience
  • Excellent benefits package includes Florida Retirement System, medical, dental, life/LTD/STD and generous paid time off package.

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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 Kyle.Daniels2@ucsf.edu 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 Reiskind Vector Ecology Laboratory at North Carolina State University has a research assistantship available for a doctoral or master’s student. Responsibilities would include assessing bed net material efficacy, maintaining mosquito colonies, and developing and completing an original research thesis or dissertation project on the ecology of arthropod vectors. The position is available starting in June of 2021, with enrollment as a graduate student in August of 2021. The position comes with a competitive stipend, health insurance, and tuition and fees paid. For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Reiskind (mhreiski@ncsu.edu) or our Director of Graduate Programs, Dr. Clyde Sorenson (sorenson@ncsu.edu) about applying.

Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Arthropods

R0123097
University of Nevada, Reno – Main Campus

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Job Description

The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Department is currently expanding its research base and is seeking a researcher whose expertise complements existing strengths in arthropod vectors and associated pathogens. We are especially interested in outstanding Biochemists, Molecular Biologists, or Biotechnologists. Candidates must demonstrate the capability to develop a high-impact, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program as well as excellence in teaching and service. There is no teaching experience requirement in year one to allow the opportunity to establish a research program.

As a member of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, the candidate will have abundant opportunities to interact with existing faculty members to establish, utilize, and integrate cutting-edge approaches for research, instruction, engagement, and outreach. Candidates must also be able to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral scholars.

 

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The UofSC Laboratory of Zoonotic and Vector-borne diseases is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join the lab, starting January 2021. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Melissa Nolan to execute multiplex pathogen detection assays, sequencing, and phylogenetic analysis on pediatric cohort samples and insect vector species. About the Uof SC Laboratory of Zoonotic and Vector-borne Diseases: the laboratory focuses on the epidemiology of Spotted Fever group rickettsioses, Chagas disease, gastrointestinal parasites and emerging arboviral pathogens in the United States and Latin America. This translational research laboratory performs field sample collections and pathogen detection of clinical and insect samples in the United States, El Salvador, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. Laboratory team members work closely with institutional cores to broaden our research capacities in molecular genetics, artificial intelligence application, and infectious disease forecast modelling. See the full posting and application instructions here!

.JOB DESCRIPTION: Performs varying standardized laboratory assignments and experiments.

Min Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent; no experience required

 

Specific Job Related Duties

To assist in the laboratory study of vector borne diseases, with an emphasis on Rickettsia and Ehrlichia bacterial species and tick-borne viruses.  Studies will be focused on the epidemiology of tick- and flea-borne bacterial and viral pathogens in conjunction with academic and public health collaborators.  Tasks will include basic microbiologic techniques, growth and propagation of various rickettsial species, basic molecular and immunodiagnostic techniques, and the field collection of arthropod vectors.  Specifically, successful candidates will perform the following:

  • Cell culture
  • Propagation of Rickettsia and Ehrlichia spp. via cell culture and hens’ eggs
  • DNA and RNA isolation from blood, tissue, and arthropods
  • Conventional and quantitative real-time PCR
  • DNA gel electrophoresis
  • Cloning of PCR products for sequencing
  • DNA sequence analysis
  • Field collection of arthropods (fleas and ticks)
  • Identification of arthropods (fleas and ticks) using taxonomic keys
  • Western blot analysis
  • Indirect immunofluorescence assay of human and animal sera
  • Inoculation, monitoring, and handling of small laboratory animals
  • Data analysis

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Entomologist // Pasco County Mosquito Control District (Apply by Feb. 5, 2021): The job entails technical and professional work, including planning, coordinating and implementing entomological research, surveillance, and control programs. For more information, please see the full job description here!

Senior Entomologist, Silver Spring, MD ID#19193

Join the team who values your skills and expertise. From intelligence and cybersecurity to vulnerability assessment and mission assurance, Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) brings experience and results. Building on a reputation as a dedicated, disciplined and tightly-knit organization, CNSP supports DOD and other federal clients in their critical, strategic and operational programs. CNSP is looking for qualified talent to give our clients the support they deserve and the quality they expect from our team – a team of experts, like you.

SUMMARY
The Senior Entomologist will support the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division (AFHSD) Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) Branch efforts to coordinate vector and vector-borne disease surveillance activities within the Department of Defense (DoD) in order to provide early detection, prevention and response to infectious disease threats of military relevance.

 

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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA is seeking a Ph.D. level graduate research assistant. The competitive assistantship is funded for 4 years and will cover tuition, stipend, and health insurance. The successful candidate can start immediately upon acceptance into the graduate program. Research focus: The selected graduate student will be part of an NSF funded, multi-institutional research project aimed at developing accurate predictive tools for assessing tick distribution and tick-borne disease in the western United States. The mission of the overall project is to assimilate disparate datasets with spatiotemporal, environmental and human predictors and to leverage cyber-infrastructure and data science to enhance forecasting of tick-borne diseases in the western U.S. The candidate will primarily be responsible for assisting the research team with the following scientific objective: Identify the changing patterns in tick importation routes, pathogens, and tick-borne disease dynamics in the West. The expected research will include field work (tick collections in Western states), molecular biology methods (e.g. nucleic acid extractions from ticks, PCR, next-generation sequencing), and bioinformatics analysis (genomics and pathogen discovery).

Application Inquires: Applications will be accepted until the right candidate is identified. Please send a letter of interest, concise CV (degrees and courses taken, publications, presentations, awards, etc.) and contact information for three references to Dr. Monika Gulia-Nuss, Email: mgulianuss@unr.edu or Dr. Claudia Rückert, Email: crueckert@unr.edu. The applicant will also need to apply and be accepted into the UNR graduate program. Please email Dr. Gulia-Nuss or Dr. Rückert if you have additional questions.

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This postdoctoral position’s primary duties are to organize, conduct and develop studies under our funded research aimed at understanding and controlling vector-borne diseases, with a specific focus on genetic analyses of vectors (Anopheles. Culex, and Aedes spp.) and vector-borne pathogens (Plasmodium spp., West Nile virus, and Zika virus). The lab is in the middle conducting a cluster-randomized control trial in Burkina Faso testing whether ivermectin mass drug administrations and seasonal malaria chemoprevention reduces malaria in children and is starting a 5-year project developing and field testing endectocide-treated bird feed for West Nile virus control in the western United States. We also have ongoing projects to understand the sexual transmission of Zika virus, developing/assessing anti-vector vaccines, and developing xenosurveillance for infectious disease surveillance.

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Harris County Public Health (TX) is seeking a surveillance entomologist. Under the supervision of the Mosquito and Vector Control Technical Operations Manager, the Surveillance Entomologists’ function is to supervise the daily operations of the Mosquito Surveillance section, collaborate activities alongside the Avian surveillance, Vector Surveillance and Virology sections, and to disseminate data in an accurate and timely manner to guide in the management and control of arbovirus diseases. Visit Harris County Job ID 05481 to learn more and apply.

Vector Biologist – Heluna Health & California Department of Public Health 

Heluna Health (HH) and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of a Vector Biologist for Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance Projects, including in the National Parks.

 The Vector Biologist position is a contract position responsible for working with VBDS staff to conduct prevention, surveillance, and control of vector-borne diseases in National Parks and other regions in California. Work will be performed under the supervision of the Supervising Public Health Biologist, VBDS Coastal Region. Duties performed will help reduce the risk of vector-borne disease transmission to California residents, visitors, and employees of the National Park Service through the statewide vector-borne disease surveillance program.  Find the full job advertisement here: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/PUB1001PUBH/JobBoard/6705aa07-0bcb-4660-ad1b-2fda952becc7/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=e35fd774-f090-4098-a9b9-4ef1c8cbb7d6

DESCRIPTION: The Morris County Department of Public Works, Mosquito Control Division, is seeking a Biologist to become part the mosquito control staff. We are looking for a candidate to supervise inspection staff, perform field work requiring the application of biological and closely related principles and techniques; does other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications – graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application form available on the Morris County Job advertisement page.

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Associate Professor, Arbovirologist, Tulane University: School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine: Tropical Medicine (TRMD)

The Department of Tropical Medicine in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is seeking a prominent investigator in arboviral research to develop a Center of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. This researcher will have a well-developed program in the molecular epidemiology, immunology, molecular biology, pathogenesis or pathogen-vector interactions for one or several arboviruses. Resources will be provided for relocation and recruitment of additional faculty positions. Candidates should have evidence of sustained scientific productivity and may have external funding for research.

Individual research programs in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane currently include dengue and other mosquito-borne viral pathogens, malaria, Chagas, schistosomiasis, tick-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance. There is a strong entomology research program with links to the city and state mosquito control boards. Related research programs at Tulane involve tuberculosis, HIV. lassa fever and ebola.

The downtown Health Sciences Center supports research areas ranging from basic immunology to international clinical trials. The School is ranked 13th overall among programs of public, health, and Tulane’s annual research funding exceeds $140M. At $13M, Tulane’s NIAID funding exceeds that of all other Louisiana universities combined. The Department runs vibrant master’s and PhD programs. Other institutional strengths include the Tulane National Primate Research Center, as well as ACL3/BSL3 and BSL2+ Exotic Vector Isolation Unit. There are close collaborations with the Pediatric and Adult Sections of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and School of Medicine are located in the popular crossroads of New Orleans, just blocks from the historic French Quarter.

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SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in conjunction with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and ecology of infectious diseases to join the new Center for Environmental Health and Medicine. One of the two positions will be housed at ESF and the other will be housed at UMU to foster interactions between internationally renowned environmental faculty at ESF and the infectious diseases researchers/clinicians at UMU. The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent. To learn more about these positions and how to apply, visit http://www.sunycehm.org/careers/associatefull-professor-of-empire-innovation/.

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available immediately to join the laboratory of Dr. Claudia Herrera in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. The fellow will conduct research on the molecular identification and characterization of Trypanosoma cruzi parasites and genomic analysis of T. cruzi under the supervision of Dr. Herrera. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with faculty from the SPHTM department of Tropical Medicine working on Genome analysis. Opportunities will also be available for independent and collaborative research on Chagas disease, field work abroad, attendance at professional meetings, participation in research grant proposals, and co-authorship on publication of research findings. The incumbent will conduct quality Chagas disease research in laboratory settings as well as in the field and assist in training students and other lab personnel.

QUALIFICATIONS: The position is open to applicants with a PhD in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics, Computational molecular biology or Genome sequencing technologies with experience in Tropical Medicine or related biological discipline. Successful candidates must have an interest in molecular epidemiology of Chagas disease and other tropical infectious diseases, working with Dr. Claudia Herrera. Preference will be given to an individual with experience in bioinformatics analysis or comparative genomics, pertaining to the characterization of parasites.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Candidates interested in the position should apply in Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/76433.

DESCRIPTION: A research opportunity is available with the Entomology and Ecology team in the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will study rickettsial organisms and their arthropod vectors in laboratory and field settings, enhancing their understanding of the biology, ecology, and pathogenesis of vector-borne infections. The participant will receive insight into natural maintenance and transmission of multiple human pathogens and provide potential avenues for improvement of diagnosis, prevention, and control. The participant will learn laboratory techniques, and enhance their aptitude, knowledge, and skills in the fields of rickettsiology and public health. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor’s degree in one of the following relevant disciplines: earth and geosciences, environmental and marine sciences, life health and medical sciences. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications should be submitted for opportunity CDC-DVBD-2020-0218 through the ORISE Zintellect online program. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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