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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
Newsletter Issue #162 - Sept. 23, 2022
NEWS AND UPDATES
New Study - Compounds from human odor induce attraction and landing in female Aedes aegypti

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are vectors of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses that cause human disease in the Pacific islands and many other parts of the tropics and sub-tropics. Transmission of these pathogens occurs when an infected female mosquito locates a suitable human host, alights, and blood feeds. Aedes aegypti use human-emitted odors, as well as heat and visual cues, for host location. However, none of the previously identified human-produced compounds induce significant orientation and landing on a human host. In this new study, PacVec investigator Ring Cardé and Jan Bello, assistant project scientist at UC Riverside, show that female Ae. aegypti mosquitoes orient to and land on a mixture of compounds identified from human skin. Using odor collection, extraction, a two-choice, bioassay-guided fractionation, and chemical analysis, they identified mixtures of 2-ketoglutaric acid and L-lactic acid as landing attractants for female Ae. aegypti. The mixture of pyruvic acid and L-lactic acid were also found to be weakly attractive. Using ratio-response assays, they found that the attraction and alighting behaviors of the mosquitoes were directly related to the ratio of these compounds presented on the surface of the glass assay beads, suggesting that these compounds could mediate landing on a human host even at sub-nanogram dosages. The newly identified compounds fill a gap in our knowledge of odor-mediated attraction of Ae. aegypti and may lead to the development of new attractant-based mosquito control tactics [full publication].

West Nile virus (WNV) and St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) activity continues in the Pacific Southwest
CALIFORNIA

WNV - Human Cases: 69     Counties: 17 

Sixteen more human cases of West Nile virus disease were recently reported in the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Merced, Orange, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Tulare. WNV has been detected in 29 counties in California this year: Napa, Sonoma, Ventura, Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Lake, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside.

SLEV - Human Cases: 5     Counties: 4 

Human cases of St. Louis encephalitis have been confirmed recently in the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Tulare, and Stanislaus. As of September 23rd, 95 SLEV-positive mosquito samples have been reported.
ARIZONA
WNV - A total of 33 confirmed and probable human cases of WNV disease and 3 WNV-related fatality have been recorded in Maricopa County this year. As of September 21st, 36 WNV-positive mosquito samples have been reported in Maricopa County.

SLEV - As of September 21st, a total of 167 SLEV-positive mosquito samples have been reported in Maricopa County.
UTAH
Utah's first human case of WNV was recently confirmed in a male between the ages of 65 and 84. Two additional human cases are under investigation in Weber and Uintah counties.

WNV-positive horses were recently reported in the following counties: Duchesne and Uintah. WNV-positive mosquito samples have also been detected in four counties: Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, and Uintah.
IDAHO
Southwest District Health confirmed its first case of human WNV of 2022 in Idaho, Canyon County. Surveillance for WNV has been conducted in a total of 18 counties. Seven counties recently reported positive WNV surveillance findings in Idaho: Payette, Gem, Canyon, Ada, Elmore, Gooding, and Twin Falls. View the WNV surveillance summary here
OREGON
As of September 12th, a total of 36 WNV-positive mosquitoes and 1 WNV-positive horse have been reported in five counties: Malheur, Baker, Lake, Union, and Jackson.
WASHINGTON
Five WNV-positive mosquito samples were recently detected in Benton county, Washington state. Two out-of-state acquired human cases of WNV have also been reported.
As mosquito season ramps up, vector control agencies urge the public to take precautions such as applying repellents on exposed skin and eliminating mosquito breeding sites from backyards.

Learn More:
California WNV website
VectorSurv Maps
Post-doc: Modeling and Data Synthesis for Vector-Borne Diseases

The Davis Arbovirus Research and Training (DART) Lab at the University of California, Davis seeks a postdoctoral researcher to develop web-based data analysis and visualization tools to support public-health and vector-control decisions in California and other U.S. states. The position will work as part of the Vector-borne Disease Surveillance (VectorSurv) team, along with local, state, and federal partner agencies, to develop data tools for the VectorSurv online data system (https://vectorsurv.org and https://maps.vectorsurv.org). Responsibilities will include (1) designing processes and writing code to integrate diverse data sources, including data on climate, land use, human demographics, and vector surveillance and control, (2) developing predictive models for vector abundance and vector-borne disease risk, (3) working with the programming team to automate models for use in VectorSurv’s web applications, and (4) writing manuscripts describing findings. Learn more here!
MVCAC 91st Annual Conference: Call for Papers and Presentations - DUE October 3, 2022!

The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) will hold its 91st Annual Conference January 29-February 1, 2023 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. This year’s conference will focus on “Innovative Control Technologies for the Future”. With this in mind, please consider submitting a paper that will be considered for presentation at the conference by October 3, 2022. In addition to general submissions, PacVec will organize a research symposium for the MVCAC meeting, so please send a note to questions@pacvec.us if you are interested in being a part of the session. Presentations should be related to mosquitoes or other vectors, the disease organisms they transmit, or their surveillance and control. Presentations may be about research results, the development and testing of new methods, equipment or products, education, community outreach and the adaptation or development of new technology relating to vector research, surveillance or control, or the administration of a vector control agency. Learn more here!
2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications DUE October 3, 2022!

The William C. Reeves New Investigator Award is given annually by the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) to recognize the best scientific paper by current undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates submitted and presented at MVCAC's annual conference. Applications for the 2022 Reeves Award will be accepted through Monday, October 3, 2022. The award memorializes Dr. William C. Reeves, who was a renowned professor of entomology at the University of California. Learn more here!

The Reeves New Investigator Award application differs from the MVCAC Call for Papers, if you have an additional speaking topic for the Call for Papers, please follow that application and guidelines.
Claudia Rückert | Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | University  of Nevada, RenoNEW - "From Sensing to Defending - Antiviral Responses of Culex Mosquitoes" with Dr. Claudia Rückert TODAY!

Assistant Professor Dr. Claudia Rückert from the University of Nevada, Reno will be speaking at the Medical Microbiology & Immunology 291 Seminar Series, Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12:10 to 1:00pm. The seminar will be available in-person at GBSF Auditorium Room 1005 at the University of California, Davis and Zoom. Learn more here.
 
EYE on Yellow Fever Podcast Series, WHO

‘EYE on yellow fever’ is a podcast series highlighting the global risks of yellow fever and how the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy is addressing these challenges in the most-affected countries. Experts from different fields of climate change and even outer space explore why and how this disease is in danger of spreading globally and take you inside a concerted global effort to ensure that yellow fever does not become the next big global health threat. The series is available on the WHO website or your preferred podcast app.
Virtual Seminar Series on Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
The third year of the Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases seminar series is sponsored by the Coordinating Research on Emerging Arboviral Threats Encompassing the Neotropics (Create-NEO) and the UTMB Center for Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. Seminars will be hosted every second Tuesday of the month starting September 13, 2022. Register in advance for this webinar series here.

CDC Zoonoses and One Health Updates (ZOHU Calls)
ZOHU Call logo Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) Calls are one-hour monthly webinars that provide timely education on zoonotic and infectious diseases, One Health, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, vector-borne diseases, recent outbreaks, and related health threats at the animal-human-environment interface.
  • Free Continuing Education for a variety of public health, animal health, and human health professionals. Participants can earn CME, CNE, CEU, CECH, CPH and AAVSB/RACE. Each call is recorded and available online for those unable to attend live sessions.
  • Contact us if you have questions or suggestions for future topics.
  • Subscribe to the monthly ZOHU Call News and Updates email newsletter.
NEVBD Vector Biology Boot Camp Lectures Available Online
 

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UPDATE - Online Training in Vector Surveillance - Next course begins October 12, 2022!
Learn to develop an effective vector surveillance program, collect data, and communicate risk with the Cornell Entomology Department and eCornell in the newest online course Vector-Borne Diseases Surveillance. Take this 3-week instructor-led course with Dr. Laura Harrington and learn best practices to implement vector surveillance, data, and reporting methods. This course is now accredited for 28 contact hours of training with the National Environmental Health Association.

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Online Course: Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods
Interested in learning about the biology & behavior of mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropods that affect human health? Enroll in a new certificate course from eCornell! In this certificate course, you will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans. This course is appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic.

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SECVBD & IFAS Online Mosquito Training Course

SECVBD, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to provide an online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry. CEUs have been approved for FL, SC, AL, CO, and CA at this time.


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SECVBD & IFAS Online Tick Training Course

The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs and was recently approved for CDPH CEUs (2.25 hours - Category C)! Learn more and enroll for free!

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ESA launches IPM certificate program

Logo: Entomological Society of America Certification Corp. Pest management professionals can jumpstart their careers through the Certified Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Technician credential from the Entomological Society of America Certification Corp.

Designed for professionals with less than five years’ experience in pest management, the Certified IPM Technician (CIT) credential demonstrates a foundational skillset and commitment to the IPM principles and practices. Applications for the credential are being accepted by the ESA Certification Corp [full article].

ESA also offers several other certification programs for professionals:

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Special Issue on "Landscape Epidemiology of Vector-Borne Diseases"
Dr. Chad L. Cross (chad.cross@unlv.edu) is putting together an article collection in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health aiming to publish manuscripts that directly incorporate scale (time and/or space) into understanding vector-borne disease patterns and processes and, ultimately, how these patterns and processes potentially impact human and/or animal health. Manuscripts may focus on disease vectors, vector-borne pathogens, zoonotic diseases, emerging diseases, mathematical/statistical modeling, etc. so long as landscape epidemiology and disease vectors are functionally incorporated into the thesis of the manuscript. Manuscripts that incorporate a One Health perspective are especially welcome [Learn More]. Deadline for manuscript submissions: August 31, 2023.
PacVec support for insecticide resistance testing
 
If you have mosquito (Aedes or Culex) samples to be tested for insecticide resistance, feel free to reach out to us, ideally well before the desired testing date. PacVec is providing testing and training services at no charge, and all results will be returned to you. Dr. Anton Cornel's laboratory is leading this activity and has organized various regional training workshops on bottle bioassay testing. Anyone interested in getting help with testing can send an email to bioassays@pacvec.us.
Got ticks? Contact BiTeRS!

The Border Tick and Rickettsia Surveillance (BiTeRS) program of the Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (PacVec) offers services to enhance surveillance for ticks and tick-borne pathogens of human health concern in California and Arizona. This is made possible through our project leaders at the University of California, Davis and the University of Arizona, and collaborating local and state agencies, including the California Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services.
 
We work with partner organizations to:

  • Perform surveillance for ticks and tick-borne diseases in their area
  • Learn about risks of tick-borne diseases in their area by testing ticks for pathogens/diseases
  • Collect and submit ticks for identification and testing
  • Rapidly report results of tick identification and pathogen testing to submitting partners
  • Provide training on ticks and tick-borne disease
We help every step of the way, and shipping and testing are FREE. Collection supplies and protocols are provided, and partners receive all results on ticks they have submitted.
 
Partner organizations may be:
  • Government entities (local, tribal, county, or other)
  • Workplaces with tick exposure
  • Animal control, humane, or veterinary organizations
  • Pest control services
  • Other businesses or groups near the southern border with potential tick exposure

In California, please contact Janet Foley and Laura Backus at calticks@pacvec.us or call (530) 754-9740. In Arizona, contact Dawn Gouge and Lucy Li at azticks@pacvec.us or call (602) 418-5202. Stay Safe!
 

CDC website for the Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

The CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases launched a new website highlighting the five Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (CoE). This website is a central location where you can learn more about the mission, key issues, and impact of each of the CoE programs. Visit the CoE website today!

 
Videos on larval mosquito resistance testing
 
In collaboration with partners at the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California, PacVec CoE has produced training videos providing an overview of resistance testing for larval mosquitoes. The videos discuss the rationale for monitoring resistance in mosquitoes, an overview of dose responses and how the dose response changes as resistance to larvicides evolves in a mosquito population, the different types of larval mosquito control agents, the supplies needed for carrying out bioassays, bioassay set-up and making stock solutions of control agents, and interpreting the bioassay results. See the videos and related materials here.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
NEW - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Virus-Vector Interactions

A Postdoctoral Scientist position is available at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station funded through a NIH award investigating arbovirus-mosquito interactions and the impact of multiple mosquito blood meals on vector competence (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41564-019-0619-y). Individuals are expected to undertake fundamental cellular, molecular and organismal biological studies pertinent to the aims of the project.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field (virology, microbiology, or vector biology). Interested persons should submit electronic copies of: (1) a letter of application specifically addressing how the applicant meets the job requirements as listed above, especially experience in the stated fields, and including a statement of career goals, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for at least three references to Dr. Doug Brackney, Department of Environmental Sciences, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, P. O. Box 1106, New Haven, CT 06504.

Salary: $54,236.00 per year (plus competitive benefits)

 
Postdoctoral Scholar: Modeling and Data Synthesis for Vector-Borne Diseases

The Davis Arbovirus Research and Training (DART) Lab at the University of California, Davis seeks a postdoctoral researcher to develop web-based data analysis and visualization tools to support public-health and vector-control decisions in California and other U.S. states. The position will work as part of the Vector-borne Disease Surveillance (VectorSurv) team, along with local, state, and federal partner agencies, to develop data tools for the VectorSurv online data system (https://vectorsurv.org and https://maps.vectorsurv.org). Responsibilities will include (1) designing processes and writing code to integrate diverse data sources, including data on climate, land use, human demographics, and vector surveillance and control, (2) developing predictive models for vector abundance and vector-borne disease risk, (3) working with the programming team to automate models for use in VectorSurv’s web applications, and (4) writing manuscripts describing findings.

Location: Davis, CA
Date posted: 08/31/2022
Next review date: 10/14/2022 at 11:59pm PDT
Final date: 01/31/2023 at 11:59pm PST (Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.)

 
Postdoctoral Scholar, MacDonald Disease Ecology Lab - APPLY BY 09/30!
 

The MacDonald disease ecology lab at UC Santa Barbara is recruiting a postdoctoral scholar to work on a NSF EEID funded project (DEB-2011147) investigating effects of land use change on vector-borne disease. The postdoc will be based at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and primarily work with Dr. Andrew MacDonald in the Bren School, with opportunities for interaction with faculty in disease ecology, earth systems science and data science across the campus. The postdoc will collaborate and interact with other project PI’s based at Stanford University (Dr. Erin Mordecai – Dept. of Biology, Dr. Lisa Mandle – Natural Capital Project, and Dr. Eric Lambin – Earth System Science), and at Universidad Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru (Dr. Willy Lescano). The team has extensive experience in vector-borne disease ecology and epidemiology, as well as land systems science and land use and land cover change.

 

Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Date posted: 04/19/2022
Application due: 09/30/2022 at 11:59pm PDT

 
Postdoctoral Scholars (2 Positions)

The MCE-VBD is recruiting two postdoctoral scholars to lead CDC-funded projects investigating vector and vector-borne disease management, using statistical models combined with field surveys and observations. The postdoctoral associates will be based at the University of Wisconsin in the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne disease, working with Susan Paskewitz (Department of Entomology) and Lyric Bartholomay (Department of Pathobiological Sciences). They will interact with other project PIs and partners in public health and vector control in the Upper Midwest, including Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota, U.S.A. The successful candidates will contribute to one or more research projects that include: 1) evaluating currently available methods for reduction of host-seeking blacklegged ticks or West Nile virus vectors, 2) conducting lab, semi-field, and field trials evaluating new products and delivery mechanisms for tick or mosquito control, 3) evaluating impacts of public health education on vector bite prevention.

Location: Madison, WI

 
Postdoctoral Fellow

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, to work with Dr. Luis Fernando Chaves. This is a school-funded position for one year that can be renewed for an additional year depending on successful performance. The position includes benefits and compensation that is congruent with NIH stipend levels. The postdoctoral fellow will join a multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists, ecologists, modelers, vector biologists, geographers and other social and environmental scientists to do research on the impacts of changing environments on vector-borne diseases. The primary goal of this project is to understand non-linear responses of insect vectors, and the diseases they transmit, to land use / land cover changes and environmental variability, as driven by social, economic and political factors. The ultimate goal is to develop new models that integrate insights and theory from the social sciences into transmission mechanisms or that articulate the impacts of different modes of environmental variability in vector ecology and/or diseases sensitive to environmental change.

Location: Bloomington, IN
For best consideration date: 10/01/2022 (Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, but applications received by 10/01/2022 will be given full consideration, and the search will remain open until suitable candidate is found.)
Expected start date: 11/01/2022
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

A postdoctoral position in vector and vector-borne disease ecology and control is available at Texas A&M University in the lab of Gabriel Hamer Lab (https://hamerlab.tamu.edu) in the Department of Entomology. The successful candidate will contribute to research program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture NIFA and the American Kennel Club to evaluate host-targeted ectoparasiticide and/or endectocides for the control of multiple vector species (triatomines, mosquitoes, ticks). Research includes lab insectary and field-based studies involving chicken and dogs with opportunities for domestic and international travel to study sites. The candidate will have opportunities to contribute to other research projects on vector-borne disease and emerging zoonoses funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position start date is flexible. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references, and most relevant publications. Application materials should be e-mailed as a single PDF to: gabe.hamer@ag.tamu.edu

Location: College Station, TX
Date posted: 03/2022

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ORISE Fellowship, CDC Health Informatics, Statistics and Ecology Fellowship - APPLY BY 09/26!

A research fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Dengue Branch Entomology and Ecology Unit within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Fort Collins, CO. The Fellow will participate in field investigations on establishing what are the minimum numbers of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes required to prevent rampant outbreaks of arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya, Zika, or yellow fever viruses. The Fellow will participate in various aspects of the research, including training in mosquito surveillance and control activities, data quality control, equipment calibration, statistical analyses, field work, and discussion and presentations of results. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors. The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds. The qualified candidate should have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by December 31, 2022. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
 
Application deadline: 09/26/2022 3:00pm EDT
Vector Control Aide I/II
San Mateo County MVCD

Salary: $18.00 - $23.00 per hour (depending on experience)
Location: Burlingame, CA
Dates: April/May through October/November (season length varies)

Applications are always accepted and kept on file for three years.

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Various Regular, Part-Time Seasonal Positions
Delta MVCD

Regular, part-time seasonal employee and hourly positions. These are temporary and at-will positions. Assignment ranges from 6 to 9 months depending on availability of work and District needs. Salary: $26.82 - $33.52 per hour
Location: Visalia, CA
Application due: Open until filled
Seasonal Vector Control Technician Aide
County of San Diego DEHQ

Salary: $19.52 per hour
Location: San Diego, CA
Application due: Open until filled
Seasonal Vector Control Technician I
Northwest MVCD

Salary: $18.38 per hour
Location: Corona, CA
Application due: Open until filled

 
Seasonal Applicator
Kings MAD

Location: Hanford, CA

 

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Various Seasonal Positions
Butte County MVCD
  • Mosquito & Vector Control Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Lab Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Shop / Hangar Assistant (Seasonal)
Salary: $14.00 - $17.00 per hour
Location: Oroville or Chico, CA
Applications due: Open until filled

 
Various Seasonal & Intern Positions
Fresno MVCD

The District accepts applications for seasonal employment throughout the year.
Various Seasonal Positions
East Side MAD
NEW - Vector Control Field Supervisor
 

The Sac-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under general direction of the Manager and the direct supervision of the Assistant Manager, this position is responsible for providing leadership to improve programs, strategies, performance and quality of District control operations. Responsibilities include the direct supervision of subordinate control operations personnel and equipment within an assigned area or geographical region. This open position is assigned to the Aedes crew within the Control Operations Department.

Starting salary:  $6,352.00 per month
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Open until filled

NEW - Assistant Vector Control Specialist/Vector Control Specialist (Limited Term)
 

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under immediate (Assistant Vector Control Specialist) or general (Vector Control Specialist) supervision, performs inspections and control operations in an assigned field area or specialized functional area; minimizes or removes stagnant water in mosquito breeding sources and treats assigned areas; selects appropriate material and dosage rates and applies pesticide to obtain proper coverage and efficacy; updates operational maps of assigned District areas including properties, ponds, lakes, and other urban and natural features relevant to vector control operations and performs related work as required. 


Salary:  $32.97 - $40.08 per hour
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Continuous

NEW - Clerk of Board/Executive Assistant (Part-Time Exempt)

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under direction, performs a variety of confidential and highly responsible, complex administrative duties on behalf of the General Manager and Board of Trustees; serves as Board liaison and administers and coordinates District agendas, meetings, actions, minutes, and communications; serves as liaison with outside agencies, and the general public; manages official District records; and performs related work as required.  

Salary:  $3,314.00 - $4,028.50 per month
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Continuous
Vector Ecologist
 

The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the general direction of the Entomologist or his/her designee, the Vector Ecologist assists and coordinates with a variety of routine and standard biological and entomological activities to support the District’s comprehensive programs in vector surveillance and control, vector-borne disease surveillance and prevention, and relative research projects; and perform related laboratory and field work as required. 
 
Salary:
Approximately $69,285.06 - $84,216.34 per year
Location: San Joaquin County, CA
Application due: Open until filled

Epidemiologist III, Environmental Epidemiology Program Manager
 

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) is seeking an experienced epidemiologist to lead the Environmental Epidemiology Program in an expanding Division of Epidemiology and Population Health. Foci of this position include surveillance, investigation, prevention, and reduction of disparities for communicable and non-communicable conditions such as vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, toxic substance exposures, and impacts of climate change. Minimum qualifications: advanced degree in epidemiology: doctorate degree (PhD) plus two years of experience in epidemiology-related work, or master's degree in Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science (MS) with graduate work in epidemiology and/or biostatistics plus five years of experience in epidemiology-related work.
 
Salary:  $75,669.98 - $126,116.85 per year

Location: Fairfax, VA
Application due: 09/30/2022

Assistant Manager
 

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under direction of the General Manager, this position has both management and supervisory responsibilities and may be called upon to interpret directives to staff and to give authoritative advice and direction on specific issues. Successful performance requires an in depth understanding of the philosophy of the Board of Trustees and the General Manager on a broad range of matters. Performs higher level essential tasks as necessary to maintain operations in the absence of General Manager. Incumbent is expected to use good judgment to defer appropriate matters to the General Manager for personal attention.  
 
Salary:
The starting salary for this position is contingent on experience and qualifications.
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Open until filled

Administrative Manager
 

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the direction of the General Manager and Assistant Manager, this position manages, supervises and coordinates the activities and operations of the administration department including financial and human resources functions. Incumbent provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the General Manager.
 

Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Open until filled

Community Liaison

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under direction, the community liaison educates and spreads awareness of the District’s mission to combat mosquitoes which pose a public health threat to the communities and cities of Los Angeles County; identifies and builds relationships with key community groups, leaders, businesses, and other organizations within assigned zones; educates stakeholders regarding the District’s services as a resource for mosquito control efforts; utilizes oral, written, and digital communications to raise awareness and motivate lasting behavior change designed to reduce mosquito populations and vector-borne disease risks; and performs related work as required.


Salary:  $31.38 - $38.15 per hour
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Continuous

Vector Field Assistant

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position.Under general supervision, performs support work associated with surveillance activities, including setting and collecting mosquito traps along an assigned route; cares for and maintains sentinel chicken flocks; and performs related work as required.


Salary:  $20.12 - $24.46 per hour
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Continuous

Mosquito Control Technician
 

The Solano County Mosquito Abatement District is now accepting applications for the position of Mosquito Control Technician. Under general direction, this position performs an array of mosquito surveillance and control functions and other duties as assigned. Duties, responsibilities, qualifications Please see the attached job description for stated duties and responsibilities.
 
Salary: $5,397.00 to $7,232.00 per month
Location: Fairfield, CA
Application due: Open until filled

Assistant/Associate Professor in Microbiology (Tenure Track)

The University of California, Davis is seeking an outstanding research-focused microbiologist with a demonstrated research interest in veterinary bacteriology/mycology. The faculty provide a strong, collegial core to support investigation of infectious agents and disease in animals and humans. The departmental research focuses on the mechanisms by which diseases develop at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. They have overlapping and collaborative research strengths in both the interactions of microbes with their hosts and the host response to infection. A PhD or equivalent is required. Topics of specific interest include but are not limited to: antimicrobial resistance, the microbiome, microbial ecology, bacterial pathogenesis, metagenomics and the development of cutting-edge techniques to detect or examine the pathogenesis of bacterial or fungal infections.

Location: Davis, CA
Date posted: 07/20/2022
Next review date: 09/15/2022
Application due: 12/31/2022

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Assistant Professor of Biology (Two Tenure-Track Positions)

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of the Pacific invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2023 (with potential for a Spring 2023 start). Tenure-track and tenured faculty members engage in teaching; scholarly and artistic endeavors; and provide professional and university service in accordance with their school bylaws and university policy. Teaching duties are two courses per semester, plus coordination of a teaching laboratory. Teaching responsibilities for these positions could include various combinations of courses depending on the candidate’s background and areas of interest, such as General Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, or more specialized upper division courses. Although areas of research specialization are open, the Department is particularly interested in candidates with research programs that involve students and interest in our biology and pre-health majors. Candidates are expected to develop a laboratory-based research program that engages a diverse group of undergraduate and master’s students throughout the academic year. Additionally, candidates are expected to actively pursue extramural funding.

Location: Stockton, CA
Date posted: 08/09/2022
Application due: Open until filled

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Public Health

The Department of Public Health at the University of California, Merced invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Public Health. The Department’s mission is to promote and protect health in the San Joaquín Valley and the world through our research and the training of the next generation of public health leaders. The Public Health Department has had an approved MSPH and PhD in Public Health since 2017. The next stage in our growth includes the development and implementation of a stand-alone MPH program to meet the public health workforce needs in California’s Central Valley. Our current search is therefore broad, and we seek a colleague with demonstrated excellence in research in any substantive public health area and the skills to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the same. We are specifically interested in scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas: infectious disease; global health; policy; implementation science; evaluation; and with a quantitative orientation.

Location: Merced, CA
Date Posted: 09/09/2022
Next review date: 10/12/2022 (Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee)
Final Application due: 6/30/2023

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Medical Entomology

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Vector Biology / Medical Entomology. The position is a 9-month appointment (paid over 12 months) with responsibilities in teaching and research; responsibilities are allocated as 55% research, 40% teaching, and 5% service. Review of applications will begin 1 November 2022 with interviews in early 2023. For more information, contact Dr. Greg Shriver (gshriver@udel.edu), Search Committee Chair, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.

Location: Newark, DE
Application due: Open until filled

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Multiple Tenure-Track Positions (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor)

The Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is recruiting for multiple full-time tenure-track positions in the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (open rank). All applications should be sent electronically to the attention of Dr. Audrey Pettifor at the following website. Applicants should provide a cover letter describing their qualifications, a curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three professional references and three in press or published manuscripts. Please include a separate diversity statement which outlines examples of your past commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as how you believe you might contribute to an inclusive climate at Gillings. Proposed start date is 08/01/2022.

Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Date posted: 02/15/2022

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NEW - Bello JE, Cardé RT. Compounds from human odor induce attraction and landing in female yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti). Sci Rep. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-19254-w

Pascoe EL, Nava S, Labruna MB, Paddock CD, Marcantonio M, Foley JE et al.
Predicting the northward expansion of tropical lineage Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato ticks in the United States and its implications for medical and veterinary health. PLoS ONE. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0271683

Backus LH, Foley JE, Hobbs GB, Bai Y, Beati L. A new species of tick, Ixodes mojavensis, from the Amargosa Valley of California. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2022.102020

Danforth ME, Snyder RE, Feiszli T, Padgett K, Coffey LL, Barker CM et al. Epidemiologic and environmental characterization of the re-emergence of St. Louis Encephalitis virus in California, 2015–2020. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0010664

Tetreau G, Sawaya MR, De Zitter E, Andreeva EA, Bannevile A-S, Federici B et al. De novo determination of mosquitocidal Cry11Aa and Cry11Ba structures from naturally-occurring nanocrystals. Nat Commun. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-31746-x

Sumner BD,
Cardé RT. Primacy of human odors over visual and heat cues in inducing landing in female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. J Insect Behav. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10905-022-09796-2

Backus LH, Pascoe EL, Foley J. Will new ticks invade North America? How to identify future invaders. Trends in Parasitology. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2022.06.004

Guinn A, Su T, Thieme J, Cheng M-L, Brown MQ, Thiemann T. Characterization of the Blood-Feeding Patterns of Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) in San Bernardino County, California. J Med Entomol. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjac077

López-Pérez AM, Pesapane R, Clifford DL, Backus L, Foley P, Foley J et al. Host species and environment drivers of ectoparasite community of rodents in Mojave Desert wetlands. PLoS One. 2022.
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Conway KL, Jasuja RM, Hauser NE, Foley JE. 
Benefits, companion animal zoonotic disease prevalence and public perceptions of pet ownership among people experiencing homelessness in northern California. Zoonoses and Public Health. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1111/zph.12970

Danforth ME, Snyder RE, Lonstrup ETN, Barker CM, Kramer VL. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the California mosquito-borne virus surveillance & response plan, 2009-2018. PLOS Negl Trop Dis. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0010375

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