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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STUDENT AND 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

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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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

SUMMER AND SEASONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Sac-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications for various seasonal positions:

Salary: $16.00 - $20.00 per hour
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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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

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.

Salary: $14.25 per hour
Location: Lancaster, CA

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VECTOR CONTROL AND PUBLIC HEALTH OPPORTUNITIES

Serves as Communications Specialist under the general direction of the Director of Communications; assists other managerial staff as well as the Public Information Officer and the Executive Assistant/Clerk of the Board by relieving them of various administrative and clerical duties; to perform website maintenance, graphic design, provide secretarial assistance and to do other work as required.

Salary: $58,780.80 - $73,028.80 per year
Location: Orange County, CA
Application due: 01/25/21 12:00AM PDT

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This position, under the general direction of the General Manager and direct supervision of the Operational Services Supervisor, is a mid-level position that performs mosquito and vector-borne disease surveillance. Examples of work include; deploying and collecting various mosquito traps throughout Merced County, mosquito species identification, data entry, blood sampling from sentinel chickens and general biology. Must be able to communicate effectively with the public. Participates in the District’s education campaign.

Salary: $4,255.33 - $5,177.47 per month
Location: Merced, CA
Application due: 03/15/2021

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Delta Vector Control District is recruiting for the position, Biologist. Under the general direction of the Manager or his/her designee, the Biologist assists with a variety of routine and standard field, biological, microbiological, chemical and other laboratory procedures to support the District’s vector surveillance and control programs, vector-borne disease surveillance and prevention program, and relative research projects; and performs related laboratory and field work as required.

Salary: $72,016.52 - $90,020.64 (5-Step scale) per year, negotiable
Location: Visalia, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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The Agricultural Research Service, Animal Disease Research Unit is currently accepting applications for a Research Entomologist. Responsibilities include: conducting independent research with a focus on controlling ticks and tick-borne diseases that impact livestock; conducting research on livestock tick-pathogen and/or tick-host interactions; conducting research to investigate vector competence of tick-borne pathogens of livestock; providing expertise on tick biology and physiology to contribute to a diverse array of collaborative research; and, overseeing the rearing of ticks required for research in ADRU, including the establishment and maintenance of new colonies as needed.

Salary: $76,721 - $118,603 per year
Location: Pullman, WA
Application due: 01/18/2021

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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 per year 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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Pasco County Mosquito Control District is recruiting for the position, Entomologist. The job entails technical and professional work, including planning, coordinating and implementing entomological research, surveillance, and control programs.

Salary: $58,032 - $87,028 per year
Location: Odessa, FL
Application due: 2/5/2021

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Under the general direction of the District Manager and direct supervision of the Assistant Manager assists in the general field operations of the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.  Work involves full-scale leadership over personnel and equipment in an assigned area or the District's service area. Some technical responsibility is required for calculating and applying pesticides, calibration of spray equipment, mosquito and vector surveillance and control, source reduction, and water management techniques. Employee exercises independent judgment in making decisions within the scope of various duties.  Supervision is received through inspections of work, reports, and performance in an assigned area or the District's service area.


Salary: $4,931.33 - $6,939.83 per month
Location: Oroville, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Delta Vector Control District is recruiting for the position, Operations Program Manager. Under the Direction of the Assistant Manager, the OPM is in charge of the day-to-day operations side of the District. The incumbent assists in planning and the organization of District programs, including; the planning, direction and supervision of all vector control inspection and control activities. The OPM is a member of the safety committee, and enforces all District policies, programs and standards. Morale and discipline of employees, including, if necessary, the firing of an employee are among the responsibilities of this position, following written book keeping and approval by the Assistant Manager and Manager.

Salary: $77,367.00 - $96,708.75 (5-Step scale) per year, negotiable
Location: Visalia, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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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 per year plus benefits)
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Under the direction of the Laboratory Director and direct supervision of the Vector Ecologist or Biologist, individual is responsible for performing a variety of laboratory and field services within the vector-borne disease surveillance programs of the Laboratory department for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Salary: starting at $4,589.00 per month
Location: Elk Grove, 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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Under immediate (I) to general supervision (II/III), performs routine vector control field operations including identifying mosquito breeding sources and applying the appropriate management measures, responding to public requests for service, and conducting surveillance.  To qualify for Technician I, applicants should have six months experience in vector control or a related discipline or completion of some college coursework (minimum 1 year) in environmental health, biology, chemistry, microbiology, zoology, or a related discipline.  Technician II/III must be certified by the State of California Department of Public Health as a Vector Control Technician.


Salary:
$45,047.58 - $85,058.59 per year
Location: Ventura and Moorpark (may require travel throughout Ventura County, CA)
Application due: Continuous (may close at any time)

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West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications for this position.

Salary: $22.28 - $27.83 per hour depending on experience
Location: Ontario, CA
Application due: 1/15/2021

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Delta Vector Control District is recruiting for the position, Vector Control Technician/Mechanic. Under the general direction of the Manager or his/her designee, the Vector Control Technician III/Mechanic assists with a variety of routine and standard field, biological, microbiological, and other mosquito control methods; and with Fleet maintenance and repair, as needed.

Salary: $53,382.05 - $66,727.56 (5-Step scale) per year, negotiable; plus bonuses per ASEs.
Location: Visalia, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES

The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a position within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of arthropod vectors and associated pathogens. The Department is currently expanding its research base and is seeking researchers 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.

Location: University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Applications posted: 12/10/2020

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The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a position within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in the area of plant sciences or human health. The Department is currently expanding its research base and is seeking researchers whose expertise complements existing strengths in plant biochemistry and molecular biology and human health. 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.

Location: University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Applications posted: 12/10/2020

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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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