CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

PacVec shares career, internship, and fellowship opportunities provided by our partners and affiliations. Explore the current opportunities here:

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Please contact us if your agency has seasonal positions that may be of interest to undergraduate students in the Pacific Southwest region!

Such positions are important formative experiences for students, and they are excellent opportunities to raise awareness of career opportunities in vector-borne diseases. These can be simple job postings that we will advertise to our undergraduates or we can help you partner with faculty for project-based internships that involve academic credit with a faculty mentor and possible continued data analysis during the school year.

If you are interested, please send us a note at training@pacvec.us. To maximize your audience and reach the best candidates for your positions, please send us these position announcements as early as possible, ideally in January or February, before students have settled their summer plans.

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VECTOR CONTROL AND PUBLIC HEALTH OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Location: Richmond, CA
Application posted: 11/6/2020

San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is currently recruiting for the position of a Vector Control Specialist II. The Vector Control Specialist II inspects for and controls vectors in an assigned area, and may perform specialized tasks and/or assignments and do related work as required. The Vector Control Specialist II is a FLSA non-exempt position supervised by the Operations Manager and directed by the Operations Coordinator.

Salary: $28.41 – $35.51 per hour
Location: Throughout San Gabriel Valley, CA
Application due: 12/13/2020 11:59 PM

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San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is currently recruiting for the position of a Vector Control Specialist III. The Vector Control Specialist III provides directed supervision to Vector Control Specialists and seasonal help; assesses needs and manages resources within the Operations department. The Vector Control Specialist III is a Fair Labor Standards Act non-exempt position supervised by the Operations Manager and directed by the Operations Coordinator. 

Salary: $32.36 – $40.45 per hour
Location: Throughout San Gabriel Valley, CA
Application due: 12/13/2020 11:59 PM

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Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is currently recruiting for the position of a Vector Control Specialist I. Under the general direction of the Director of Operations and assigned supervision of the Underground and/or Operations Supervisor, the Vector Control Specialist I (VCS I) performs inspections (source surveillance) and mosquito and vector control operations in an assigned area or areas of responsibility. He/she may perform tasks of a specialized function, as needed, and do related work as required within the auspices of a mosquito and vector control agency. Other duties as assigned.

Salary: $30.26 $37.59 per hour
Location: Throughout Los Angeles County, CA
Application due: 12/16/2020 5:00 PM

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Heluna Health (HH) and the California Department of Public Health Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) are recruiting for the position of Assistant Microbiologist. The VBDS laboratory supports statewide surveillance and control of vector-borne diseases such as endemic and emerging mosquito-borne arboviruses, Lyme disease, and plague. The VBDS laboratory tests arthropods such as ticks and fleas, as well as animal blood for vector-borne and zoonotic disease agents. The Assistant Microbiologist is a contract position and will work closely with the current VBDS microbiologists to conduct serological and molecular assays to identify multiple vector-borne disease pathogens.

This position is funded through July 31, 2021 and may be extended if additional funding is available. Submit cover letter and resume with the application.

Salary: $30 per hour
Location: Richmond, CA

Application posted: 10/16/2020

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) is currently hiring for a Research Leader of the Foreign Anthrod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit (FABADRU). The incumbent will lead a multidisciplinary team of FABADRU scientists studying all phases of complex arthropod-borne disease cycles. This position is open to the public; however, US citizenship is required.

NBAF located in Manhattan, KS will be the premier center of scientific excellence for the study of highly contagious transboundary, emerging, and zoonotic animal diseases that pose a threat to U.S. agriculture, the food supply, and public health. When NBAF is fully operational, it will be the first laboratory facility in the United States to provide Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory capabilities for housing large livestock to study particularly dangerous zoonotic agents.  

Salary: $107,807 to $164,858 per year
Location: Manhattan, KS

Application due: 11/25/2020

Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. The Director of Scientific Technical Services is an executive management level class, which oversees all functions of the department including, vector management and vector-related disease surveillance, and fosters cooperative working relationships with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups. The incumbent is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in establishing efficient and effective departmental operations consistent with District policies and administrative guidelines.

Salary: $103,958 to $129,126 per year
Location: Throughout Orange County, CA

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is currently seeking applications for this position. Under administrative direction, this confidential position is responsible for planning, managing and overseeing the District’s Human Resources department including recruitment and selection, employee benefits, employee relations, labor relations, employee and organizational development and training, workers’ compensation, and regulatory compliance. Supervises the Human Resources staff, administers the department budget and acts as District representative in labor negotiations, provides complex staff support to General Manager and performs other related duties as required.

Salary: $8,173.85 – $9,935.37 per month
Location: Indio, CA

Application due: Open Until Filled

The Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory, Suffolk County Department of Health Services, in Yaphank, NY conducts countywide surveillance of arthropod-borne pathogens. The ABDL is seeking an entomologist to assist with various lab functions and field activities including the expansion of a tick surveillance program. The successful applicant will be required to conduct field work for tick collections and molecular laboratory analysis for tick-borne pathogens. Experience in molecular biology is preferred. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and a list of 3 references via e-mail to Dr. Scott Campbell (scott.campbell@suffolkcountyny.gov). 

Salary: Begins at $61,460 with employee benefits
Location: Yaphank, NY
Application due: As soon as a qualified candidate is identified (preferable start date in early 2021)

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Harris County Public Health is seeking applications to fill this position. 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.

Location: Houston, TX

Harris County Public Health is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the supervision of the Mosquito Control Field Operations Manager, the Test & Evaluation Entomologist functions as the supervisor of the Test & Evaluation (T&E) Section of the division. This position is responsible for laboratory and/or field-related testing of unique problems relating to mosquito and other disease vector species control and Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) Testing.

Location: Houston, TX

East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control is seeking applications to fill this position. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct highly responsible, professional administrative and supervisory work in directing the activities of the East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control District. Work involves responsibility for directing the planning, operation and financial management of a comprehensive program to identify and eliminate breeding areas of mosquitoes and rodents in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Salary: Commensurate with experience (range from $70,990 – 118,608/ year plus benefits)
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITIES

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. 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.

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 or Dr. Claudia Rückert. 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.

Location: Reno, NV
Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the right candidate is identified.
The Foy Lab in the Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department at Colorado State University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to lead and manage research projects in the Foy lab and some undergraduate/graduate personnel in the lab. 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.

Salary: $52,000 – $53,000 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO
The Urban Entomology lab at Department of Entomology, Rutgers University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position starting in January 2021. Primary responsibility is to conduct applied research in urban pest management. Current projects include house mouse and cockroach management research in apartment buildings. The secondary responsibility is to collaborate with the pest control industry to design, execute, and summarize bioassays. Requires a PhD in area of Entomology or closely related field. Requires a strong background and knowledge of insect behavior, pest management, insecticide toxicology, experimental design and statistical analysis, excellent organizational, interpersonal skills. Visit the page of Dr. Changlu Wang to learn more about this position and how to apply.
 
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Courtney Murdock at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to study how different environmental drivers impact host-pathogen interactions and transmission in the Asian malaria mosquito (Anopheles stephensi) – human malaria (Plasmodium falciparum) system. The research project, funded by NIH (R01 AI153444-01), will utilize data generated from experiments that define key relationships between temperature, relative humidity, and transmission, along with climate data collected in the field, to build mechanistic models of temporal and spatial variation in urban malaria.

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Ithaca, NY
Application due: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected or deadline for applications is 1/15/2021


ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology (BCH-EPP) at Mississippi State University seeks to fill a tenure-track, position in entomology at the Assistant or Associate level on the main campus in Starkville. This position will consist of 70% research and 30% Teaching. The successful applicant will also serve as the Director of the MS Entomological Museum. Applications must be submitted through the MSU employment portal. Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tennessee invites applications from all qualified individuals for a full-time (12 month) faculty appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The position will be offered as a tenure- or clinical-track assistant or associate professor, dependent on the individual’s interests and qualifications, and will reside in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences.

Applicants are asked to submit their letter of intent, names and contact information for at least three professional references, current curriculum vitae and a concise (up to 3-page) statement of diagnostic, research and teaching aspirations to the search committee Chair, Dr. Michael Fry, care of:

Ms. Donna Longmire
Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive, Rm A201
Knoxville, TN 37996-4546
Email: longmire@utk.edu

Informal inquiries are welcome. Review of applications will begin October 30, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

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SEASONAL INTERNSHIPS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications for various seasonal positions:

  • Mosquito & Vector Control Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Lab Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Shop / Hangar Assistant (Seasonal)
Salary: $14.00 – $17.00 per hour
Location: Oroville, CA
Applications due: Open until filled

East Side Mosquito Abatement District is inviting applications to fill this position. Under direction and supervision of the District Manager, this Extra Help position will perform basic vector control operations and surveillance duties and do other related work as required.

Location: Modesto, CA
Salary: $13.50 – $15.00 per hour
Application due: Open until filled

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Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (MVCD) is inviting applications to fill this position. This is a temporary, full-time, seasonal position (start and end dates vary but run approximately April through early November).

Their Assistant Vector Control Technicians positions are currently FULL for the 2020 season, but feel free to apply for the 2021 season. Your information will be kept on file.

Location: Lancaster, CA
Salary: $14.25 per hour

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FELLOWSHIPS

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