Employment:

Vector-Borne Disease Ecologist, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) – Boulder, CO. The Vector-Borne Disease Ecologist will be part of the NEON Science Team that is responsible for operating, maintaining, and ensuring the success of a national program to collect >175 data products from 81 sites throughout the US for over 30 years. The Science Team develops, maintains, and improves field and lab protocols, derives data processing algorithms and algorithms for data QA/QC and uncertainty estimates, and supports field personnel to produce high quality data products for the research, education, and decision-making communities. In addition, NEON scientists actively engage the NEON user community through conference attendance, running technical working groups, workshop organization and participation, and collaborations on grants and manuscripts. The Vector-Borne Disease Ecologist will be primarily responsible for NEON’s small mammal and tick sampling and the associated biodiversity and pathogen data products, but should also be eager to contribute their knowledge and expertise to other NEON data products, as needed.

To learn more about the NEON Project, visit: https://www.neonscience.org/
To apply: https://www.battelle.org/careers

Program Coordinator, Western Gulf Center of Excellence in Vector-borne Diseases – University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. The ideal applicant will have some background in vector biology and/or vector-borne diseases, preferably at a Masters level, and will commit about 2/3 of their effort helping to coordinate our programs, assisting with communications and reports, organization of our annual meeting, and other center activities. The remaining 1/3 effort will be related to other UTMB infectious disease programs. Interested applicants can visit the UTMB careers website at https://www.utmb.edu/careers/career_seekers/. The job id # is 62320 Program Manager.

CalSurv Programmer  – Two openings are available for programmers who will be part of the development team for the California Vectorborne Disease Surveillance Gateway (CalSurv Gateway), which is a web-based application for managing, visualizing, and analyzing surveillance data on vector-borne diseases. The Gateway serves a collaborative network of mosquito control and public health professionals and researchers. Duties would include developing software for data input and management, creating API endpoints for front-end data visualization and analysis, and providing creative input on emerging technologies. Please forward to anyone who may be interested, and contact Chris Barker with any questions.

Research Biologist – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is seeking qualified applicants for a Research Biologist position at the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Bacterial Diseases Branch in Fort Collins, CO. They plan to hire this position at the federal grades GS12 or GS13, depending on applicants level of experience and credentials. The person sought will serve as a key member of an interdisciplinary team working to develop and evaluate methods to reduce the abundance of host-seeking infected ticks, the frequency of tick bites to humans, and the risk of human tick-borne illness, with a primary focus on Ixodes scapularis and Lyme Disease.  The main thrust of the work will be lab and field evaluations of personal protective measures to reduce tick bites and environmentally based interventions targeting host-seeking ticks or ticks on rodents or deer.  There also will be substantial involvement with industry partners as well as professional pest control operators and local public health programs. Research tasks will be of an applied and practical nature, and applicants should have a strong interest in operational vector control.  The position can be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified, preferably with a start date in late 2018 or early 2019. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and a list of 3 references via email to Lars Eisen: evp4@cdc.gov.

PhD Student Position – Dr. Kristopher Silver and Dr. Lee Cohnstaedt are seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to begin work in their laboratories as early as the Spring of 2019. The successful applicant will learn a variety of molecular, biochemical, cell culture, and insect rearing and bioassay techniques while investigating molecular targets for controlling Culicoide insects (biting midges) in larval habitats. Results from these experiments will aid in the development of new tools for limiting the ability of these pests to survive and vector human and animal diseases. Individuals interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Entomology in Dr. Silver’s and Dr. Cohnstaedt’s labs should send an email to ksilver@ksu.edu with a statement outlining his or her research interests, an up to date CV, unofficial transcripts for previous undergraduate/graduate education, and contact information for up to three references. A successful application will not only require acceptance of the student into Dr. Silver’s and Dr. Cohnstaedt’s labs, but also successful application to the Graduate School at Kansas State University.

Entomologist III – V Recruitment – The state of Hawaii is actively seeking five entomologists at varying levels, and they are particularly interested in individuals with experience in medical entomology. The searches have been open for an extended period, and they are eager to fill them as soon as possible. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to apply. If you have questions, please contact Grace Simmons (gracelda.simmons@doh.hawaii.gov).

Mosquito & Forest Pest Management SpecialistPrince William County, Virginia. Prince William County Mosquito and Forest Pest Management Branch (in Northern Virginia) is accepting applications for a vacant Specialist I position.  Duties are conducted in the field performing mosquito surveillance and larviciding, gypsy moth egg mass surveys, fall cankerworm surveillance, and surveys for other forest pests.  Please forward any questions related to the Virginia position to Stephanie Richards (richardss@ecu.edu) or Eli Hosen (ehosen@pwcgov.org)

Postdoctoral Research Associate – USDA Agricultural Research Service, Las Cruces, New Mexico. This position includes using large and diverse datasets to model complex interactions among multiple vectors, hosts, and transmission pathways leading to disease outbreaks across agro-ecosystem landscapes in the western US. Opportunities exist to participate within an interdisciplinary group of landscape ecologists, epidemiologists, veterinarians, ecohydrologists, entomologists, phylogeneticists, and eco-informatic experts. Position is open until filled.

Postdoctoral Scholars Program – University of Georgia is pleased to announce their  Postdoctoral Scholars Program. Applications are due by close of business on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 for positions to begin July 1, 2019 or soon after.  They are hiring 3 Scholars, with positions lasting up to 2 years.  Scholars will work on projects of their own design, focused on the ecology of infectious diseases. Selected candidates will join our world class team of  faculty, research scientists, and students and will have access to a dedicated faculty mentor, technical support, and a variety of activities aimed at driving collaboration and advancing research.  Not only is Athens a great place to live, but selected candidates will join a supportive team of postdocs currently affiliated with CEID and the Odum School of Ecology. Please review the attached flyer for additional information and application requirements.  Questions and application materials (ceid-2019-postdoc-scholars-printcan be e-mailed to ceid@uga.edu.

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor Biochemistry Molecular Biology  – University of Nevada, Reno. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Assistant/Associate Professor level.  This position will be an integral component of the University of Nevada, Reno, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. The candidate must hold an earned Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or closely related field. Preferred candidates will have completed at least two years of postdoctoral training. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately.  Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made. For full consideration, all materials must be submitted by December 01, 2018.

Post-Doctoral Associate (Arthropod vector behavior and physiology)  – University of Cincinnati, Ohio. A post-doctoral position (up to 3 years) is available in the laboratory of Dr. Joshua Benoit (insectphysiology.uc.edu) on behavior and physiology at the University of Cincinnati. The post-doctoral scientist will be examining behavioral and physiological adaptions in ticks or mosquitoes. These studies will be multi-disciplinary, and include behavioral and physiological assays, RNA-seq, genome comparisons, and genetic manipulation. The post-doc will train in a vibrant and nationally recognized academic setting, and will be supported to develop their own research directions. The participant will be provided with effective mentoring aligned with their individual career goals. Opportunities to contribute to teaching will be provided. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Entomology, Biology or related field, and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Experience with bioinformatics analyses of sequence data, basic molecular biology/physiology techniques, and insect-based systems, are desired. Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.uc.edu. To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (Please email documents to Dr. Benoit as well). Review of applications will begin December 1st and continue until the position is filled.

For more information regarding the position, please contact Dr. Benoit (joshua.benoit@uc.edu).

Post-Doctoral Fellow – Columbia University. A post-doctoral research scientist (full time) position is available in Maria Diuk-Wasser’s EcoEpidemiology lab at the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University. The applicant will join a collaborative project with Yi-Pin Lin and Laura Kramer (Wadsworth Center, NY State Dept of Health), Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis (SUNY Downstate Medical Center) and Ben Adams (University of Bath) to study strain dynamics and host specialization in Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease bacterium, recently funded by the NSF Div. of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS). This project offers a unique opportunity to integrate long-term field data collection, lab transmission experiments, molecular evolutionary epidemiology, and mathematical modeling to examine the processes driving B. burgdorferi diversity and host specialization.  Candidates must have a doctoral (or equivalent) degree in ecology, epidemiology, microbiology or related fields at the time of the appointment. Background in molecular biology methods is required, in addition to skills in one or more of the following areas: population or community ecology, population genetics or dynamic modeling of microbes, vectors, or vertebrate reservoir hosts. Desirable skills: knowledge of high-throughput sequencing methodology and relevant bioinformatics skills; field and laboratory animal handling experience. The successful candidate must be capable of working independently in an interdisciplinary environment and have strong quantitative and writing skills evidenced by scholarly publications. In addition to the formal collaborations, opportunities exist for collaboration with the Northeast Center of Excellence in Vector-borne Diseases (Diuk-Wasser co-PI), the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Earth Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and EcoHealth Alliance.

To ensure consideration, please submit application by December 1, 2018, but the position will remain open until filled. The expected start date is May-June 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications should include CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be sent to: mad2256@columbia.edu

Training:

Mosquito Training for Pest Management Professionals CEUs – an online mosquito course that was designed to meet the needs of the Pest Management Industry as well as the overall mission of the CDC to augment the community of practice in public health entomology.

Biology of Vector Borne Diseases – This course will be held at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. The dates of training are Sunday through Friday, June 23-28, 2019.

2019 Florida Mosquito Control Association (FMCA) Dodd Short Coursesfellowship awards are available again this year to offset the cost of course fees/travel and/or lodging. Fellowship applications are due by Friday, November 2, 2018. If you have any questions related to this fellowship opportunity, please contact me (rdinglasan@epi.ufl.edu or 352-294-8448).

The Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is offering a webinar on Haemaphysalis longicornis. Topics covered include the impact on livestock and considerations for control from the New Zealand experience of this invasive pest; and observations and findings from investigations of this tick in the Northeast USA.

Seminar is Monday, November 19th, 3:30 – 4:30 Eastern Daylight Time.

For more information and to register, please see the seminar announcement.