Employment:

Assistant Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology and/or EcologyPennsylvania State University, PA. Penn State Entomology is a dynamic research community with particular strengths in vector biology, pollinator biology and chemical ecology.  The successful candidate will be expected to conduct empirical or theoretical research focused on either the biology of mosquitoes, ticks, and/or other vectors or the epidemiology of vectored human infectious diseases, with a focus on systems relevant to the United States. The successful applicant is expected to establish a strong externally funded research program, conduct independent high-quality research, publish in leading scholarly journals, and mentor graduate students. Expectation of developing both resident and online courses and materials for pests affecting people. The ability to engage a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students at the Departmental, College, and University levels is an important aspect of this academic appointment. QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in entomology, ecology, or related sciences with demonstrated accomplishments in research relevant to arthropod vectors. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. Expertise that will complement existing departmental strengths in IPM, chemical ecology, vector biology, genomics or disease ecology is desired. Candidates with an interest in advancing modern and diverse pest management technologies in public health systems are preferred. This posting closes April 15, 2019.

Disease Ecology Field Technician – The Young Lab at the University of California Santa Barbara seeks an experienced research technician to work with graduate and undergraduate students in a vector and pathogen ecology study in south-central California. This research is part of an NSF-funded study to investigate the independent and interactive effects of changing wildlife communities and climates on ticks and tick-borne disease. The successful candidate will conduct mammal, lizard, and tick population surveys and pathogen infection monitoring at Tejon Ranch in the Tehachapi Mountains, Kern Co., California. Specific tasks include small mammal (mouse, squirrel, chipmunk) live trapping and handling, tissue and blood collection, lizard noosing, tick drag sampling, and wildlife camera monitoring. Additional tasks will include data entry and analysis, as well as occasional assistance with plant surveys and maintenance of experimental infrastructure. May include laboratory work (DNA kit extractions) depending on the candidates experience. The position is short-term for 3-6 months (flexible), with fieldwork beginning April 1st, 2019 with possible extension through September 30, 2019. Applicant review begins immediately; applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Salary for one full time research assistant is $2500 a month (no benefits). This position is technically based in Santa Barbara, CA but will primarily involve field work and camping at Tejon Ranch in Kern Co., CA. Schedule will typically be Mon-Fri, but with occasional weekend work. The candidate is responsible for their own housing while not in the field, but all costs for camping will be covered. Prior experience conducting field research and handling and identifying vertebrates, especially small mammals, is required. Ideally, prior experience with Sherman and Tomahawk traps. Must be able to work both in a team and alone under adverse, outdoor conditions and in remote locations (i.e. dirt roads, private land, no cell service). Must be willing to camp for consecutive nights without electricity or running water. A valid driver’s license is required. Preference will be given to candidates with completed coursework in biology (esp. ecology, entomology, mammalogy, or wildlife biology) and a strong interest in ecological research careers. Experience working both individually and as a part of a multidisciplinary team, and a demonstrated ability to problem-solve independently, are ideal. Preference given to candidates with experience driving off road in 4wd vehicles and able to do basic vehicle maintenance (i.e. change a tire). In addition, experience in molecular techniques such as DNA extraction is a plus, but not a requirement. Field work will involve walking off designated trails to access permanent, marked plots, covering total distances of up to 10 miles per day, but more typically 2-6 miles per day. Weather conditions will vary from cold, wind and rain, to temperatures over 100F. Tasks will involve prolonged stooping, standing, kneeling, and slow walking. Only those willing to spend extended periods camping under primitive conditions should apply for the position. Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer during periods of data entry and analysis. Work days will typically be 10-12 hours. All interested, qualified persons must contact Hillary Young at hillary.young@lifesci.ucsb.edu and cc Devyn Orr at devyn@ucsb.edu with a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two references; If you have questions regarding this position (esp. logistics including lodging, dates, travel reimbursement, etc), please email Devyn, or refer to the lab website for general inquiries: https://labs.eemb.ucsb.edu/young/hillary/

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).

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.

Regional Medical Entomologist – The Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) is seeking to hire an experienced and qualified Medical Entomologist imminently to build regional and local capacity for routine, public health mosquito surveillance and control to limit the spread arboviruses in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs). Position is open until filled. 

Medical Entomologist Postdoctoral Position – The Vazquez-Prokopec Lab at Emory University is seeking a post-doctoral researcher whose interests focus on medical entomology, vector ecology and control to work on several projects focused on Aedes ecology and control, primarily in Merida (Mexico).

Vector Biologist Principal Investigator – National Institutes of Health, NIAID, Rocky Mountain Laboratories. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of Intramural Research (DIR) is seeking an outstanding scientist for a tenure-track/tenure-eligible position to carry out independent research on vector biology and arthropod-borne bacterial pathogens in the Laboratory of Bacteriology (LB), located on NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) campus in Hamilton, Montana. The selected candidate is expected to implement and direct a vigorous, independent research program emphasizing the bacterium-arthropod vector-mammalian host interaction triad as it relates to transmission, infectivity, disease control, or ecology. This program is expected to include studies in both arthropod vector and mammalian host infection models. RML has a long history of research on tickborne bacterial pathogens, and current research interests in LB include the arthropod-borne pathogens Borrelia, Rickettsia, Coxiella, Francisella, and Yersinia. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., D.V.M, M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field and have relevant postdoctoral experience. Independent resources including start-up funding, space (dedicated biosafety level [BSL]-2 and shared BSL-3/4), support personnel, and an annual budget for services, supplies, and salaries are committed to the position. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full package of benefits (including retirement and health, life, and long-term care insurance) is available. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not required. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (CV), bibliography, and two- to three-page description of the proposed research program. Additionally, three letters of reference must be sent directly from the referees. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from other groups underrepresented in biomedical research. All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh at NIAIDDIRSearch@niaid.nih.gov. Completed applications will be reviewed starting April 25, 2019 and will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Frank DeLeo, Chief, LB, at FDeLeo@niaid.nih.gov.

Temporary Research Assistant – Collier Mosquito Control District, Naples, FL. This seasonal research assistant will be exposed to the principles of integrated mosquito management, mosquito trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology, disease surveillance and taxonomy. This is a seasonal (6 months, 40 hrs/week) position with an hourly rate of $14/hr. The seasonal research assistant will have the opportunity to obtain a Public Health Applicators License. Must have a high school diploma or equivalency, Bachelors degree preferred. Must have completed college-level coursework in Biology, Ecology and/or Public Health. Must have a valid Florida driver’s license. Must be able to work independently and keep detailed records. General mechanical ability and operating knowledge of basic hand held and power operated tools. Should be computer literate and familiarity with word processing, database and spreadsheet use is preferred. Ability to use microscopes and other laboratory equipment. Ability to accurately and completely follow instructions. Send resume/CV and completed job application (www.cmcd.org/job-opportunities/) to: klucas “at” cmcd.org no later than March 15th 2019.

Entomologist (2 positions) – United States Agency for International Development, Malaria Division, Office of Infectious Diseases, Bureau for Global Health (ID/MAL). The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for these positions.  Positions are open until filled.

Training:

2019 CDC CoE Summer Internships – Nashville, TN. The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne disease is seeking applications for a student intern to work at the Tennessee Department of Health Vector-Borne Diseases Program in Nashville. Tennessee has historically reported the presence of Aedes aegypti. Recent risk maps as well as CDC maps have included Tennessee as a state where Aedes aegypti is present. We do have recent records of Aedes aegypti in scattered locations, but Aedes albopictus is found throughout our state. Recent field isolates of Zika virus in Aedes albopicus in Mexico have suggested the involvement of this lab competent species in the current outbreak in Latin America. This species is also thought to have driven transmission of Zika virus in Gabon (African strain) and island groups in the South Pacific (Asian strain). Better understanding of the presence and abundance of Aedes species in Tennessee is essential for understanding the potential risk of autochthonous transmission of Zika virus in our state. Students will contribute to a systematic survey of Aedes mosquitoes and arboviral testing. Eggs will be collected and sent to the Vector-Borne Diseases Laboratory where they will be hatched and processed for species identification using molecular technologies. Additionally adult mosquitoes will be trapped and sent to our lab for morphological identification and processing for arbovirus testing. Students will gain laboratory, field, and epidemiology experiences. If you have any questions about the position, call or email Dr. Abelardo Moncayo at (615) 262-6356 or Abelardo.Moncayo “at” tn.gov. The full advertisement for the position can be found attached below. Application deadline: April 15th, 2019.

2019 CDC CoE Summer Internships – Frankfort, KY.  The Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) in collaboration with the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is seeking applications for a self-motivated student intern to work during the summer of 2019. The anticipated start date is June 16th, 2019 and the anticipated end date is August 18th, 2019. Responsibilities will include the development, collection and compilation of all project-related data, manuscript drafting, and a formal presentation of the internship project to KDPH employees. Student will be exposed to the principles of integrated mosquito management, mosquito trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology, and disease surveillance. The internship opportunity is a minimum of 9 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks. The intern will be required to work (at least) the months of June and July (maximum 15 hours a week). The intern will receive $15.00 an hour, therefore, the intern has the possibility of making $2700.00 over a 12 week period. To Apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in this opportunity to tori.amburgey “at” ky.gov no later than April 20th.

2019 CDC CoE Summer Internships – Naples, FL. The Collier Mosquito Control District and the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease is offering a joint 8-week paid student internship opportunity in mosquito control. Student will be exposed to the principles of integrated mosquito management, mosquito trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology, insect molecular genetics, disease surveillance and taxonomy. This is a 8-week paid internship (40 hrs/week) with an hourly rate of $9/hr and a $1,500/month housing stipend. Internship must be scheduled between May through August, 2019. Intern will be responsible for arranging transportation and housing.  Send resume/CV and completed job application (www.cmcd.org/job-opportunities/) to: klucas “at” cmcd.org no later than April 1st, 2019.

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.

Acarology Summer Program – The Acarology Summer Program is moving to the University of Arkansas, starting in Summer 2019. Details of the courses offered in 2019 (Introductory Acarology, Agricultural Acarology, and a course on Water Mites and Velvet Mites) can be found on the Summer Program website (registration is now open for these courses). Housing details will be released soon. Any questions about the summer program can be directed to Ashley Dowling at acari@uark.edu (be sure to put Summer Acarology Program in the subject line).

Field Parasitology Summer School – The Summer School will take place between 27 July and 8 August 2019, in the heart of the heart of Europe’s most well-preserved wilderness, the Danube Delta, Romania in the Chilia Veche traditional village, on Tataru Island. The Summer School is addressed mainly to undergraduate or post-graduate students from various fields: veterinary medicine, biology, ecology, etc.

Virtual Symposium on International Medical Entomology –  The Entomological Society of America’s 2019 International Branch Virtual Symposium will include a Medical Entomology session available on April 9, 2019. This session features three video plenary presentations by researchers working on mosquitoes, ticks and sand flies in an international context. There will also be poster presentations. The Symposium is held online and no-cost registration is now open (society membership not required). If you have any questions please contact the session organizer: Isobel Ronai (ir2392@columbia.edu).