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

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

Probject Background:

The MEI has received a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide technical assistance and targeted capacity building to national and subnational malaria programs to optimize entomological and epidemiological surveillance strategies, characterize populations at highest risk of malaria, identify gaps in protection and coverage, understand drivers of transmission, and design tailored intervention packages to reduce malaria transmission. There is growing recognition of the need to target and tailor effective interventions to the right places and populations at the right time to maximize impact and resource availability.

Using the Entomological Surveillance Planning Tool (ESPT) and the Targeted Surveillance and Response in High-Risk Populations Guide (HRP Guide), the MEI will provide technical assistance and on-site and remote training and mentorship to build capacity among national malaria programs and partners to identify priority program questions, plan entomological and high-risk population surveillance activities, and generate relevant and actionable data. As part of this grant, the MEI will also develop a user-friendly, web-based ESPT Information Communication Technology (ICT) tool for use by national programs and partners, as well as an Entomological Adaptive Sampling Framework (EASF) with new operational guidance on adaptive sampling. A further focus will be the integration of entomological, epidemiological, and other (e.g., climate) data to inform program decision-making on intervention targeting and tailoring, including the synthesis, documentation, and dissemination of best practices by MEI.

Opportunity:

The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) seeks an experienced and enthusiastic public health entomologist to provide technical assistance, capacity building, and support to national malaria programs and local partners in select countries across Africa to apply and scale ESPT methods, including the identification of priority programmatic questions, minimal essential and actionable indicators, optimal sampling strategies, standardized data management and analysis techniques, and collection and integration of human behavior data with vector behavior data, among other activities. This individual will also guide the development, evaluation, and dissemination of the ESPT ICT tool, as well as contribute to the piloting and finalization of the EASF. In line with MEI’s network model, this position is designed to help transfer entomology knowledge, skills, and tools to local malaria programs and partners towards building sustainable country and regional capacity to successfully eliminate malaria. The Public Health Entomologist will work closely with the US-based MEI team, national malaria program staff, and local and regional partners. This position will report to the MEI Associate Director, Surveillance and Response.

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Public Health Laboratory Scientist 2

Vector-Borne Diseases and Clinical

The Department of Health, Division of Laboratory Services (DLS) in Nashville, TN is seeking a Public Health Laboratory Scientist.  

Position Overview:

  • Responsible for routine laboratory testing and work of moderate difficulty as it relates to vector-borne diseases, microbiological and/or molecular areas.
  • Duties may include first level troubleshooting, guidance to entry level staff and work of moderate difficulty.
  • Performs other tasks as required.

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

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

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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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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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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.

See full description and apply here: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/81280

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 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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