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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SEASONAL INTERNSHIPS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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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POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITIES

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

The Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEVBD) program at Cornell University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position focused on pesticide resistance monitoring of mosquito and tick populations in the northeastern United States. The selected candidate will focus on determining the status and extent of resistance in the region through the NEVBD pesticide resistance monitoring program (neregionalvectorcenter.com/resistance).

They are seeking a candidate to fill the position immediately, with a preferred start date in September-October 2020. This is a full-time position with a one-year contract from the start date, with renewal contingent upon performance and availability of funds.

Applications due:
Accepted until position filled
Apply at:
Contact Laura C. Harrington (lch27@cornell.edu).
Location: Ithaca, NY

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VECTOR CONTROL AND PUBLIC HEALTH OPPORTUNITIES

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

The Research Entomologist (Insect Toxicologist) in the Southern Insect Management Research Unit (SIMRU) is independently responsible for conducting research to evaluate acute and chronic toxicity of commonly used insecticides and their impacts on pest and beneficial insects, non-target organisms, and the environment; planning insecticide modes of action, mechanisms of resistance to insecticides, resistance management, insecticide discovery, and developing strategies to slow down or suppress the resistance development in target pests. For further details about this position and how to apply, go to USAJobs vacancy announcement number: ARS-D20SEA-10931244.

Salary: $76,721 to $118,603 per year
Location: Stoneville, MS
Application due: 11/06/2020

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

Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking application for a Vector Ecologist/Fish Biologist. Under the direction of the District Manager and direct supervision of the Assistant Manager and/or Entomologist II, this position provides professional biological and entomological services and provides for the production of Gambusia affinis (mosquitofish) for the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. The Vector Ecologist / Fish Biologist must be knowledgeable and able to communicate effectively with members of the public, present himself/herself professionally, and work cooperatively with coworkers, members of the public, and employees of other agencies. This position requires working outside in a variety of weather conditions ranging from below freezing to above 100° with exposure to sun, heat, wind, and rain. The Vector Ecologist / Fish Biologist regularly works with and uses pesticides. The Vector Ecologist / Fish Biologist will be working in and around water.

Salary: $4,719.00 – $6,638.66 per month
Location: Throughout Butte County, CA
Application due: Open Until Filled

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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. The vector ecologist, under direct supervision of the Laboratory Director, will plan and conduct vector-borne disease surveillance programs including field surveys, insect identification, processing and preparation of samples, molecular testing, maintenance of mosquito colony, and maintenance of lab and field equipment.

Salary: $83,616 – $120,578 per year
Location: Burlingame, CA
Application due: Open until filled (will not close before 10/16/2020)

The Fairfax County Health Department is inviting applications to fill this position. This position will oversee the planning and implementation of complex environmental epidemiologic surveillance and investigation of vector-borne diseases, zoonotic diseases, and toxic substance exposures.
 

Salary: $72,032.27 – $120,054.06 per year
Location: Fairfax, VA

Application due: 11/06/2020 11:59 PM EDT | 8:59 PM PDT

RNAissance Ag, LLC (a subsidiary of TechAccel, LLC) is an early-stage startup company developing RNAi-based biopesticides for control of important agricultural pests. They are seeking to expand their team by adding a RNAissance senior research entomologist. The senior research entomologist works in a laboratory environment, conducting  research and development. This role will be integral to our biopesticide discovery and development pipeline by supporting functions from biopesticide discovery through product development. They will help develop exciting new products and contribute to expansion of the company intellectual property estate.

Location: St. Louis, MO 

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The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District (MSMVCD) is inviting  applications to fill this position. Under the direction of the Assistant Manager (AM) the Mechanic/Facilities Manager (M/FM) supervises, plans, prioritizes and participates in the workflow of the shop. The M/FM also oversees and directly participates in the maintenance of District buildings, grounds and associated infrastructure.

To apply, please complete the MSMVCD Employment Application, the Supplemental Questionnaire, and attach a resume. Submit all documents via fax (707) 795-2299, by mail to 595 Helman Lane, Cotati, CA. 94931, or e-mail application materials to recruitment@msmosquito.org

Salary: Starting at $97,041 per year
Application due: 10/27/2020 3:30 PM PDT

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.

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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.

Applications due: 10/21/2020 3PM EDT