CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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

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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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STUDENT AND POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITIES

One postdoctoral positions is available for a highly motivated individual to study mosquito – pathogen - host interactions using state-of-the-art approaches, combining infection assays,genetics, interaction and field studies. The postdoctoral scientists will have considerable freedom to develop related research projects according to his/her interests. Expertise and aptitude in at least some of the following areas is essential: molecular biology, entomology, animal handling, virology, genetics, immunology and field work. The Vasilakis Lab [Nikos Vasilakis LabCreate-NEO | Sealy Center for Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases] is affiliated to the Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch. The department have state-of-the-art biocontainment and insectary facilities and comprise an excellent group of faculty with a broad range of interests and expertise in vector-borne infectious diseases. The department and institution provide an excellent environment for biomedical career development. Please address enquires and applications (letter of personal and academic goals, CV, and contact information for two references) to Nikos Vasilakis (nivasila@utmb.edu).

Location: Galveston, TX

The University of Texas Medical Branch is seeking to fill the position, Research Associate I. This position will perform varying standardized laboratory assignments and experiments. Minimum qualifications are: Bachelor's degree in basic science or equivalent; no experience required. Experience in cellular immunology, molecular biology, microbiology, cell culture and sterile technique preferred.

Location: Galveston, TX

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A postdoctoral position is available in Gabriel Hamer’s Lab (http://hamerlab.tamu.edu) in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more research projects funded by multiple federal sponsors, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Health. Lab projects include the evaluation of mosquito and tick control interventions, triatomine vector biology and control, mosquito and triatomine transmission experiments, and high containment research on SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses. Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be e-mailed as a single PDF to: ghamer@tamu.edu


Location: College Station, TX

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The University of South Carolina Laboratory (UofSC) 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 UofSC 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.

Location: Columbia, SC

Under general supervision of the Principal Investigator, this individual will assist in conducting NIH -funded research focusing on mosquito-Zika virus interactions using multidisciplinary approaches involving biochemical assays, mass spectrometry, viral genetics, CRISPR /Cas9 genetic screening, and in-vivo mosquito studies. The position requires a PhD in molecular biology or other biomedical sciences field with expertise in techniques related to proteomics and genomics research as well as gene editing and cell culture techniques; and excellent record- keeping and writing skills. This expertise could have been gained during the normal course of a doctoral degree program.

Salary: $53,760.00 per year
Location: Columbia, SC
Application due: 06/07/2021

The Thangamani Lab is looking to hire an organized, detail-oriented, and motivated individual to investigate the emergence of ticks and tick-borne diseases in New York through their Citizen Science Program (Upstate Tick Testing Program - www.nyticks.org). Individual with demonstrated experience in tick surveillance and pathogen testing is preferred. Minimum qualification is a Bachelor's degree in Biological sciences or a related field. For additional information or informal discussion, please reach out to thangams@upstate.edu.

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The Thangamani Lab is looking to hire an organized, detail-oriented, and motivated individual. The ideal candidate will use molecular, immunological and imaging methods to investigate the biology of arbovirus transmission at the vector-host-virus interface. Individual with demonstrated experience in viral immunology and imaging is preferred. Enthusiastic individual should also have:

  1. Strong interest in our lab research [https://thangamani-lab.com/research-projects]
  2. Willingness to work with BSL-3 agents within BSL-3/ABSL-3/ACL-3 laboratories
  3. Possess strong verbal/written communication & organizational skills

Dr. Mike C. Wimberly is seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to study the environmental determinants of mosquito-borne disease transmission. The position is in the Ecological and Geospatial Research and Applications in Planetary Health (EcoGRAPH) group in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. The postdoc will have a major role in a new NIH-funded study exploring urban landscapes, climate variability, and mosquito transmission in India. This exciting project (R01AI153444) is a collaboration with Cornell University and the University of Chicago. They will also contribute to an established project on West Nile virus forecasting across four U.S. states.

The position is available as early as May 1, 2021, although a later start date is negotiable, and will be open until filled.
To apply, please send a letter of interest and a CV to Dr. Mike Wimberly at mcwimberly@ou.edu. Please feel free to send an email first if you have questions about the position

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 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  or our Director of Graduate Programs, Dr. Clyde Sorenson about applying.

Location: Raleigh, NC

The Gompper lab at New Mexico State University’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (https://fwce.nmsu.edu/) is seeking a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the field of Wildlife Disease Ecology, with a focus on understanding parasite-host interactions in the arid-land ecosystems of the southwestern US. Pending final approval of funding for the position, the expected start date is July 1 2021 (although earlier or later start dates may be possible). It is expected that two years of support is available for the position. The selected candidate will focus on several projects, including most prominently a NSF-funded study of the ecology of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus and a USDA – McIntire-Stennis funded project on the impacts of fire on the ecological parasitology of mammals.

Please send cover letter (describing motivation, qualifications, skills, and experience relevant to this position), CV, and names (with contact information) of three references to gompperm@nmsu.edu. Evaluation of applications will commence April 1 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

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The Aliota laboratory at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary medicine is seeking a postdoc to help lead multidisciplinary projects in arbovirus evolution, transmission, and pathogenesis. The candidate for this position may work on projects that are mosquito-centric, vertebrate-centric, virus-centric, or a mix of all three. The position is available as early as May 2021 and will be for a minimum of 2 years. The projects will include one or more of the following: (1) the impact of pre-existing immunity to dengue virus on Zika virus pathogenesis in pregnant nonhuman primates, (2) the molecular evolution of Zika virus during host switching, (3) antiviral signaling at the maternal-fetal interface, or (4) other interesting projects that may emerge.

Interested in joining our team? Email your CV, 1 page cover letter (that includes an outline of the research projects/interests you may like to develop or bring to our lab), 1 writing sample (paper or grant), and the contact info for 3 references; or questions to mtaliota@umn.edu.

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Application due: Open until filled (start date is anytime between May and December 2021)

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SUMMER AND SEASONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications for the following:

A full-length work term for interns would start in May and end in October which generally corresponds to our mosquito season. The greatest need of the District for this position is from June through August.  Well-qualified or returning employees in this position may be granted flexibility in work term, if necessary, provided it does not compromise District operations or goals. The specific timing of all work schedules and terms will be dictated by environmental conditions and the needs of the District.

Sac-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill these positions:

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Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill these positions:

East Side Mosquito Abatement District is inviting applications to fill these positions:

  • Mosquito Control Assistant/Technician (Seasonal) - Announcement | Description
    • Salary: $24.03 - $29.99 per hour
    • Location: Modesto, CA
    • Applications due: 02/26/2021

  • Mosquito Control Aide (Seasonal) - Announcement | Description
    • Salary: $13.50 – $15.00 per hour
    • Location: Modesto, CA
    • Application due: Open until filled

Position is temporary - 6-month seasonal hire with tentative start date between May and July

Salary: $17.30 - $20.00 per hour
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Continuous

Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District is inviting applications for the following positions:

Salary: $14.00 per hour
Location: Parlier, CA

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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

Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications for the following position:


Position is temporary - April to September

  • Salary: $14.25 - $17.32 per hour
  • Location: Anderson, CA
  • Applications due: Open until filled

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).

Currently HIRING for the 2021 season!

Salary: $14.25 per hour
Location: Lancaster, CA

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Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District is looking for qualified applicants to fill numerous job openings for entry level, seasonal vector control technicians. These technicians work under the supervision of a licensed vector control technician to implement Integrated Vector Management practices to protect residents of Northwest Riverside County. Assigned duties include: Identifying, removing, or treating sources where mosquitoes develop; keep written and electronic records as indicated for work performed; assist in receiving and maintaining inventories; attend training sessions and completes learning assignments in vector control; assist in maintenance of District headquarters.

Salary: $15.65 per hour
Location: Corona, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Kings Mosquito Abatement District (MAD) is inviting applications to fill the seasonal applicator position.

Location: Hanford, CA

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VECTOR CONTROL AND PUBLIC HEALTH OPPORTUNITIES

The EpiCenter for Emerging Infectious Disease Intelligence (EEIDI) in the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis is seeking a contract developer for building and managing a project database and related data- management interfaces. The developer will be responsible for developing and maintaining the EEIDI PostgreSQL database and developing the front-end Django-based user interface for data entry and editing. Further, the developer will serve as a key person for data cleaning and ensuring data quality coming directly from the field teams for ensuring the quality control of the data collected by field teams. The developer will closely work with the whole EEIDI team but closely with Dr. Christopher Barker and Dr. Pranav Pandit. Interested candidate should email their resume and portfolios to eeidi@ucdavis.edu with the subject title “EEIDI database developer”.

Location: Flexible
Application due: Open until filled

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The Vector-Borne Disease Section of the California Department of Public Health is recruiting for a Public Health Biologist at the Associate level. Under direction by the Northern Region Supervising Public Health Biologist, Vector-Borne Disease Section, the incumbent will independently conduct vector-borne disease prevention, surveillance, and control activities in a designated region and elsewhere in California as required. The position is a full journey level Associate Public Health Biologist. The incumbent will conduct the more difficult and highly specialized epidemiological investigations and disease surveillance in the assigned area; plan, organize, and carry out applied research and other projects on vector-borne diseases; maintain contact with managers and scientific staff of vector control agencies, Health Officers, and Directors of environmental health programs; and provide training, technical assistance, consultation, and related activities for vector-borne disease prevention.

Salary: $5,662.00 - $7,372.00 per month
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: 6/25/2021

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The Natural Resources and Land Management (NRLM) Division within the Water Enterprise of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is hiring for two Senior Integrated Pest Management Specialists for their Sunol and Burlingame work locations. Under direction, the Senior Integrated Pest Management Specialist is responsible for the assignment and supervision of a crew of integrated pest management specialists engaged in the inspection trees, shrubs, grass, rights of way (roads, flood control channels, transportation corridors, lots, landscaping and easements, etc.), bodies of water and structures for evidence of various pests and related damage, and taking appropriate steps to resolve problems.

Salary: $85,150.00 - $103,506.00 per year
Location: San Francisco, CA
Application due: Continuous

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Under the direction of the District Manager and the Superintendent of Operations, the Urban Programs Specialist is responsible for the general, day-to-day, field operations and implementation of the District’s urban residential vector control programs, including the green pool, invasive Aedes, utility vault and storm drain programs, on a District-wide basis. The Urban Programs Specialist assists in the planning, development and organization of the urban vector control programs, and is responsible for evaluating the programs and assists with programmatic changes and modifications. The Urban Programs Specialist supervises, trains, directs and assists field personnel in their daily operational work activities.

Salary: $68,592.00 - $75,636.00 per year
Location: Parlier, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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West Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is seeking applications for the following position: Scientific Operations Director. 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.

Salary: $46.16 - $57.64 per hour (depends on experience)
Location: Ontario, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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The Kings Mosquito Abatement District is accepting applications for the Area Supervisor position. Under direction, the Area Supervisor is to perform inspections and control operations in an assigned area or specialized function of a mosquito abatement agency and to do related work as required. Some knowledge of mechanics, general problems and techniques of vector control, including the use of pesticides and safety precautions; ability to work independently and responsibly; to organize and conduct assigned vector abatement field operations, to make accurate observations and to keep detailed records; ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other employees and the public; and to evaluate situations accurately, and to maintain and appreciate safety precautions. Applications and resumes may be sent via email to office@kingsmosqutio.net, or by mail at the following address: 13960 Power Way, Hanford, Ca 93230. Please contact the District for additional details at (559) 584-3326


Location: Hanford, CA

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Under the direction of the General Manager, provides leadership, plans, organizes, and directs operational programs and facilities. Supervises and coordinates the activities of the Operations Department, demonstrates a full understanding, and ensures compliance with federal and state laws, county, and city ordinances, District policies, and procedures, as well as represented employees’ Memorandum of Understanding. Coordinates assigned activities with other departments, outside agencies, and vendors, supervises and coordinates the maintenance and repair of buildings, grounds, and equipment, and other duties as required.

Salary: $7,956.00 - $10,662.00 per month
Location: Concord, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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The Contra Costa MVCD is seeking an experienced, transformational, and engaging Human Resources and Risk Management Director who possesses the creativity and flexibility to function effectively as a key member of our dynamic and progressive staff. The Director of Human Resources and Risk Management plans, manages, directs, and organizes human resources, safety, and risk management activities including recruitment/selection, employee classification, compensation, benefits administration, retirement system, training and development, labor/employee relations, personnel records, performance management, regulatory compliance, equal employment opportunity, employee programs and events, risk management, safety and health, and Workers’ Compensation. Additionally, the Director of Human Resources and Risk Management will direct, oversee and participate in the development of the Human Resources and Risk division work plan, projects and programs; review and evaluate work products; establish effective and streamline methods and procedures, coordinate all District training. The Director of Human Resources and Risk Management must have a high level of integrity along with the ability to handle sensitive information to maintain confidentiality and an ability to engage staff with proactive and collaborative employee relations skills.

Salary: $7,340.00 to $9,836.00 per month
Location: Concord, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Under the direction of the General Manager and Assistant Manager, the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for identifying and utilizing appropriate methods for reaching the District’s stakeholders; representing the District in media and community relations appearances; and developing public health communication programs to focus prevention efforts on key behaviors that have the greatest potential to reduce vectors and vector-borne diseases, including creative video and graphic content for digital, broadcast, and print campaigns. This position is among those responsible for information on the District website. The position requires discretion, judgment, creativity, and will be responsible for supervising other personnel during events. Excellent communication skills and sound judgment are required. The position constitutes an exempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Salary: $65,488.59 - $81,860.73 per year
Location: Visalia, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Under general direction of the Manager or his/her designee, the Geographic Information System (GIS) / Information Technology (IT) Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination and maintenance of the District’s Geographical Information Systems and the District’s hardware and software systems. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and a complete and current resume/CV that includes three verifiable references. Those invited to be interviewed will be required to complete a District employment application form.

Salary: $65,930.00 - $79,725.00 per year
Location: Stockton, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Under the general direction of the Assistant Manager and direct supervision of the Field or Fisheries Supervisor, this position performs inspections and control operations or other related or specialized services in an assigned crew within the Control Operations department for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Salary: Starting at $4,162.00 per month
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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LEAT is currently seeking an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Visual Observer (VO) and loader  to support ground and flight operations of an unmanned aircraft for aerial applications and imagery. As part of the operations, you will be responsible for all tasks associated with performing the Visual Observer duties and loading of the UAS. This position has a potential for advancement opportunities to become a UAS Remote Pilot-In-Command (RPIC). Direct supervision will be under the Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC). Weekend work may be required occasionally.

Salary: $13.00 to $15.00 per hour
Location: Sacramento, CA
Application due: Open until filled 

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The position of Mosquito Control Technician involves surveillance and control of mosquitoes on private and public lands within the District, with extended hours being worked in the mosquito season, which is compensated through time and one half-compensation time.  Field work includes: inspecting aquatic sites such as ponds, ditches, flooded fields and wetlands to determine mosquito incidence; mixing, loading and applying pesticides; operating pesticide application equipment such as power sprayers, compressed hand sprayers, granule spreaders and ULV units; operating 4-wheel vehicles on various types of terrain and road conditions; seining and planting mosquito fish; participating in community education programs; performing daily record keeping and shop work.

Location: Tehama County, CA

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The USDA-ARS Emerging Pests & Pathogens Research Unit in Ithaca, NY on Cornell University’s campus has a new position open for a Research Insect Pathologist/Entomologist. Incumbent is responsible for research on the biology and integrated management of insect pests and insect-vectored diseases. Research will focus on host-pathogen interactions between insects and a variety of agents, and use of the information to develop novel, bio-intensive IPM systems. Apply through USAJobs.gov position control number 602773400 by June 24, 2021.

Salary: $77,488.00 to $119,787.00 per year
Location: Ithaca, NY
Application due: 06/24/2021

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A US based position to manage the Valent BioSciences’ Public Health portfolio of business in the US, Mexico, and Canada. Responsible for managing the regional field technical sales force including staff development, evaluation, and performance. Coordinate and lead development of annual regional business plans.  Develop and manage the expense budget. Identify and respond to government tenders. Identify and develop distribution agreements with appropriate partners. Coordinate with VBC Development and Marketing staff to prioritize VBC activities that meet company expectations for sales and profit. Maintain strong understanding of technology/biotechnology of products in the Public Health market. Establish strong relationships with key accounts, opinion leaders, channel partners and other stakeholders. Understand and convey the VBC Public Health and value proposition to protect human potential throughout the stakeholder value chain. Work well in a matrix environment with R&D, Marketing, Customer Service, Regulatory, Finance and IT.

Location: Libertyville, IL
Application due: Open until filled

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ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES

The Department of Health Science & Human Ecology at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for a tenure track position of Department Chair, tenured, at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to begin August 2021. The Chair for the Department of Health Science & Human Ecology will work collaboratively with the faculty to provide leadership in performing a shared vision for the department. The Chair will responsibly oversee the budget, support and encourage student success, create partnerships in the community, and celebrate faculty, staff, alumni, and student achievements. The Chair must demonstrate transparency, a profound sense of professionalism, an unwavering ethical compass, and strong support for all aspects of public health and interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaboration. The Chair will represent the Department in requesting faculty, resources, and space from the College and University. The Department Chair will also be responsible to support and work with its faculty, staff, and students to maintain accreditation of various programs in the Department.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications
Location: San Bernardino, CA

Application due: Continuous

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The Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida is seeking applications to fill the position, Assistant/Associate Professor (Arbocirus Systems Genetics, Genomics, or Engineering). This 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). 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.  

Application due: 06/01/2021 (for full consideration); The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined

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The incumbent will serve as an Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of PMB and as such will be responsible for teaching, research, administrative assignments, and service at the program, departmental, and university levels. He/she will be responsible for research and teaching in PMB Graduate Programs. The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in human Parasitology and Medical Zoology in both the School of Medicine and the Graduate School, serve as an academic advisor to both master’s and doctoral level students, and serve on thesis and dissertation committees for students in the School of Medicine and the Graduate School.

Location: Bethesda, MD
Applications posted:
09/28/2020 (Open until filled)

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for multiple research-intensive tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in emerging and re-emerging viruses that expand and build upon our programmatic strengths, expertise, assets and impact. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to virus-host interactions, animal models, ecology, immunology, genetics and evolution, structural biology, and zoonotic transmission. Successful candidates will join a highly interactive virology and infectious disease research community on campus that is an integral part of the university’s Infectious Disease Institute, including the Center for Retrovirus Research, Center of Microbiome Science, and a newly NIH-funded center, STOP-COVID. These positions are part of the university’s new initiatives on research for academic excellence. Application materials should be submitted to Casey Hofmann. Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Shan-Lu Liu.

Location: Columbus, OH
Application due: Review of applications will begin 06/01/2021 and continue until positions are filled

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FELLOWSHIPS

The Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease is pleased to offer paid research fellowships to students and emerging professionals interested in the field of vector-borne disease during summer 2021. For approximately twelve weeks during the summer, MCE-VBD fellows will work directly on projects at partner institutions located across five Midwestern states, conducting research and/or surveillance related to tick and mosquito-borne disease under the supervision of academic and public health experts. Applicants must be located in the Midwest. If you have questions about the fellowship, contact Danielle Smith, MCE-VBD Center Coordinator, at 608-265-4741 or dlsmith9@wisc.edu.

Participant will investigate tick species presence, distribution and density at up to 8 Air Force Bases (TBD) in the United States. Activities will include: environmental tick surveillance (e.g. flagging, dragging); removal of ectoparasites from euthanized/nuisance killed wildlife; sampling of ticks and other ectoparasites from birds; identification of tick samples to genus and species; extraction of nucleic acids to prepare samples for PCR and sequencing analysis; detection of tick-borne disease agents in samples; PCR species ID, or genetic sequencing of samples (only as needed); analyze nucleotide sequence data to confirm species identification or to reveal phylogenetic relationships (only as needed); perform a comparative tick sampling study at the host location, using two different dry ice traps and two different tick drags.

Yearly Stipend: $50,000.00 to $60,000.00 (depends on education, qualifications, and experience)
Start Date: September 2021 (desired, but open to negotiation)

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the opportunity is filled.

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