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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
Newsletter Issue #84 - February 11, 2021
NEWS AND UPDATES
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Call for Training Grants, 2021-2022
 
PacVec has released our 4th annual call for training grant proposals. Proposals are due Thursday, March 18, 2021 by 11:59 pm PDT. Proposals are invited from investigators at academic institutions within the following states and territories: California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and the US-affiliated Pacific Islands. For more information, please click HERE.
Register for the 4th PacVec Annual Meeting 2021 - IT'S NEXT WEEK!

Please mark your calendars! The Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (PacVec) will host our 4th annual meeting virtually on February 17-18, 2021. The meeting will include presentations from researchers, trainees, public health officials, and vector control professionals from across our collaborative network, and we will discuss plans for applied research and training opportunities in the coming year. A detailed agenda will be available soon - REGISTER NOW! You can find information on the PacVec annual meeting HERE!

NOTE: In addition to the PIs and trainees already featured in our draft agenda, PacVec invites other researchers, including graduate students, from our region who are interested in giving a short presentation on a research project at the annual meeting on February 18th, 2021. Please email us here for more information, and be sure to include the proposed topic of your presentation.
Dr. Lark Coffey recognized as a 2021 UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow

Lark Coffey headshot We are excited to announce that PacVec investigator, Dr. Lark Coffey, has been recognized as a 2021 UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow! Chancellor's fellowships are given to top mid-career faculty in recognition of excellence in their research and teaching, and they are accompanied by $25,000 to allow recipients to pursue new lines of research.  Dr. Coffey is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. As a virologist, Coffey's research focuses on mosquito-borne viruses and understanding how viral genetic changes affect the potential for human disease outbreak. Her work with the California National Primate Research Center has led to the development of animal models to investigate the effects of Zika virus infection on fetal development and therapies to avert Zika congenital syndrome. She also led a study demonstrating the potential for backyard species of California mosquitoes to transmit Zika virus and has worked to develop novel surveillance methods for West Nile virus [full article].
Meet our current training grant recipients!
“Molecular and serological investigations of the potential vertebrate reservoir host of the emerging tick-borne pathogen, Rickettsia philipii (364D)”
Vincent Mai, B.S., Trainee

Vincent Mai is a master’s student in biology at San Francisco State University and a trainee in the Swei Lab. Mai completed his Bachelor of Science in environmental sciences at Seattle University. Mai is interested in using host-species analysis to develop spatial models of human Pacific Coast Tick Fever risk that may directly inform public health practices. Mai hopes to find a professional career working in vector-borne disease control after completing his master’s degree.

Marie Lilly, B.A., Trainee

Marie Lilly is a master’s student in ecology and evolution at San Francisco State University. She is interested in emerging tick-borne pathogens and taking an interdisciplinary approach to understanding disease dynamics in natural populations. For her master’s thesis, Lilly is investigating the role of community ecology on the West Coast in driving genetic variation and infectivity of Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the pathogen that causes Lyme Disease. Lilly plans to pursue a Ph.D. and eventual career in public health to continue her work on eco-epidemiological factors driving vector-borne diseases.

Andrea Swei, Ph.D., PI, San Francisco State University

Research in the Swei Lab employs interdisciplinary approaches to understand the factors that determine the distribution and prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Swei’s research focuses on several different tick-borne disease systems such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, and Borrelia miyamotoi and employ ecological theory to examine the role of disturbance, habitat fragmentation, and biodiversity on tick-borne disease ecology and public health risk.

Visit PacVec Training Grants 2020-2021
Survey on Mosquito Control Action Thresholds

The Anastasia Mosquito Control District of St. Johns County, Florida, is collaborating with the Department of Defense Deployed Warfighter Program (DWFP) to better understand action thresholds which are used to make operational control decisions for mitigating nuisance and vector mosquitoes. The overarching goal will be to identify key thresholds used by mosquito control and preventive medicine units to understand the minimum criteria needed to develop evidence-based action thresholds for mosquito control where troops are deployed. Anastasia Mosquito Control asks for your valuable input on this subject by completing a short preliminary survey on behalf of your control program. If you have any questions about this survey or research, please feel free to contact project PI Whitney Qualls at wqualls@amcdfl.org.
The CDC Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch is starting a new MALDI-TOF Tick ID project

The Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with various US-based and international universities and public health agencies to develop a robust, protein-based platform for identification and characterization of tick species of medical and veterinary importance, with applications for surveillance and scientific activities in the United States and other countries in the Western Hemisphere. We are currently seeking collaborators to provide recently collected (2017- present), field-caught specimens of Amblyomma americanum, Amblyomma maculatum, Dermacentor variabilis, Dermacentor andersoni, Ixodes scapularis, and Ixodes pacificus. We are requesting samples of all feeding life stages of these species from various US locations for subsequent proteomic analysis. Desired specimens should be preserved in 70-95% ethanol and stored at room temperature since the time of collection. Ideally, at least 10 specimens from each geographical location are requested.
 
If you have questions or can assist with this project please contact Maria Galletti (
myu8@cdc.gov), Joy Hecht (ynw5@cdc.gov) or Chris Paddock (cdp9@cdc.gov) for more information.
Vector-Borne Disease Centers of Excellence 5-Part Seminar Series:
We are excited to announce this 5-part seminar series hosted by the Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases! Seminars will be held the last Thursday of each month, highlighting applied research projects completed through our programs across the US. The next session is scheduled for Thursday February 25, 2021, with "Mosquito Wrangling: Finding Effective Control Methods" from 2:30pm - 4pm EST, showcasing projects on mosquito control and pesticide resistance across the US.
REGISTER NOW
Fourth Virtual Vector Biology Seminar Series 2021 - Fifth seminar happening this Friday, February 12th!
Join the 4th Virtual Vector Biology seminar series to hear from fantastic speakers about their research on mosquitoes, ticks, tsetse flies, and kissing bugs!
 
When: Every Friday at 9AM PDT from January 15 - March 19
  
REGISTER HERE       SCHEDULE     FLYER
Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases (CCEID) Seminar Series
The NYS Department of Health and University of Albany are hosting a joint seminar series on Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases (CCEID).

When: Every third Thursday of the month starting January 2021

 
Virtual Seminar Series on Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
The Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Disease (CREID) is hosting a virtual seminar series every second Tuesday of the month starting January 2021. Register in advance for this webinar series!

Organized by: Kathryn Hanley
and Nikos Vasilakis
When: Every second Tuesday of the month starting January 2021

 
REGISTER HERE       LEARN MORE       FLYER
International Virtual Seminars on Arbovirus Biology
Organized by: Tem Morrison and Clive McKimmie
For Zoom login: Email Clive McKimmie

When: Every third Thursday of the month starting October 2020



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New Jersey Mosquito Control Association, 108th Annual Meeting (Virtual)

The New Jersey Mosquito Control Association will be hosting the 2021 Annual Meeting Virtually this year on March 17 & 18, 2021. The deadline for Poster Submissions has been extended until February 19, 2021.  If you have an interesting project, research or innovation you would like to share as a poster please submit a Call for Posters before the February 19 deadline. Online registration is now open on the NJMCA website.

REGISTER HERE
Web-based Global Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. The freely available directory was developed in collaboration with the GVH and ARCTEC at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), following the mapping of courses available globally. WHO’s Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases and the WHO Global Malaria Programme have also reviewed the directory and provided recommendations. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.
 

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Dodd Short Courses Virtual Vector Education
Registration for the 2021 Dodd Short Courses opened January 27, 2021. Dodd will be held entirely online this year, starting February 1 through February 5, 2021. Visit the 2021 Dodd Short Course website to review the agenda and course offerings and to register. The Introduction to Mosquito Control course is absent from this year's Dodd Short Course. However, the Florida Mosquito Control Association will be hosting a 4-day course worth 11 CEUs on this subject. Contact Liz Foreman for additional details.

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Online Training in Vector Surveillance
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. The next offering of the course is scheduled to begin April 2021.

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Annual Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases six-day course
The Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem is hosting the third annual Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day course. This six-day course, offered through the University of Idaho, is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens. The course registration fee includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.

When: Sunday through Friday, June 20-25, 2021
Registration fee: $1,500 USD


REGISTER
Visit PacVec Training Opportunities
Learn about ticks on the PacVec website!

Interested in learning more about ticks and how you can protect yourself from tick bites? Check out the PacVec website! PacVec recently published tick web pages that identifies both hard and soft tick species that pose health risks for both humans and animals in the Pacific Southwest. On our website, you can read up on where key tick species live, pathogens that they can spread, and their life cycles and hosts. Tick bite prevention and tick removal resources can also be found on our website, along with links to great information from our regional public-health partners. Check them out now:
 
Videos on larval mosquito resistance testing
 
In collaboration with partners at the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California, PacVec CoE has produced new 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 at https://pacvec.us/resources/

Larval Mosquito Resistance Testing Videos:
Need bottle bioassay testing?
 
If you have mosquito (Aedes or Culex) samples to be tested for insecticide resistance, 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 organizing various regional training workshops on bottle bioassay testing. If you are interested, please contact us right away at bioassays@pacvec.us to arrange for shipment and timing of the testing.

 
Current situation with PacVec resistance testing

The Kearney Center has transitioned to remote work as a precaution due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This means any requested insecticide resistance testing or workshops will need to wait until normal activities resume. Dr. Anton Cornel and Katherine Brisco will still be available to offer resistance testing support and guidance at this time through email (bioassays@pacvec.us) or teleconferencing.
Vector Control and Public Health Agencies Need Summer Interns for 2020, or Just Help Advertising Positions for Students?
Please contact us anytime 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.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
NEW: Graduate Research Assistantship

The Reiskind Vector Ecology Laboratory at North Carolina State University has a research assistantship available for a doctoral or master’s student.  Responsibilities would include assessing bed net material efficacy, maintaining mosquito colonies, and developing and completing an original research thesis or dissertation project on the ecology of arthropod vectors.  The position is available starting in June of 2021, with enrollment as a graduate student in August of 2021. The position comes with a competitive stipend, health insurance, and tuition and fees paid.  For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Reiskind  or our Director of Graduate Programs, Dr. Clyde Sorenson about applying.

Location: Raleigh, NC
PhD Graduate Research Assistant

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 a candidate is identified.
Research Associate I

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Urban Pest Management

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. Visit the page of Dr. Changlu Wang to learn more about this position and how to apply.
 
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
NEW: Research Assistant (Seasonal)
Kern MVCD

Position is temporary - Mid-April to October
(The district can negotiate the timing of employment)
  • Salary: $1,120 - $1,280 bi-weekly
  • Location: Bakersfield, CA
NEW: Various Seasonal Positions
Fresno MVCD
NEW: Various Seasonal Positions
East Side MAD
NEW: Assistant Vector Control Technician (Temporary)
Antelope Valley MVCD
 
Salary: $14.25 per hour
Location: Lancaster, CA
Applications due: Open until filled
Various Seasonal Positions
Marin/Sonoma MVCD

Salary: $18.00 per hour (not to exceed $22.00 per hour)
Location: Throughout Marin/Sonoma County, CA
Application due: 02/23/2021 3:30 PM

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Extra Help Vector Control Technician (Temporary)
San Gabriel MVCD

Salary: $14.99 - $16.66 per hour
Location: West Covina, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Seasonal Vector Assistant
Shasta MVCD

Salary: $14.25 -$17.32 per hour
Location: Anderson, CA
Application due: 02/19/2021

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Various Seasonal Positions
Sac-Yolo MVCD

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

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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, CA
Applications due: Open until filled

 
NEW: Vector Control Specialist I

San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. The Vector Control Specialist I is trained to independently organize and execute the details of his/her daily assignments. He or she must be certified by the State of California Department of Public Health as a Mosquito Control Technician within two and one half years of employment and is responsible for scheduling inspections and operations to control vectors in his or her assigned area(s) of responsibility; evaluates conditions that may produce vectors; selects and uses appropriate measures to control vectors; operates vehicles and equipment safely, mixes, loads, and applies pesticides legally; collects and records work-related data; prepares work schedules for extra-help support staff; and works cooperatively with other staff to complete work assignments.

Salary: $22.87 - $28.59 per hour
Location: West Covina, CA
Application posted: 02/02/2021

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NEW: Public Service Employee (PSE)

The County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health Environmental Health Services (EHS) is recruiting for PSEs who will be responsible for conducting vector-borne disease surveillance and maintenance activities, assisting in abatement of nuisance conditions and public education. This position works under direct supervision and in conjunction with Registered Environmental Health Specialists and Certified Vector Control Technicians. People interested in a career in environmental health and vector control are encouraged to apply.

Location: San Bernardino County, CA
Application due: 02/19/2021

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NEW: Vector Ecologist

Grant County Mosquito Control District 1 is recruiting for a Vector Ecologist. This position, under the general direction of the District Manager and direct supervision of the Assistant Manager, is a mid-level position that performs mosquito and vector-borne disease surveillance along with the supervision of truck ULV adulticide applications. If you would like an application for employment or more information, please contact District Manager, Ann Belchik-Moser at amoser@gcmcd1.org or call (509) 765-7731.

Salary: $48,000.00 per year
Location: Moses Lake, WA
Application posted: 02/10/2021

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Branch Chief (Arboviral Diseases Branch & Dengue Branch)

The Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is seeking two outstanding individuals to lead its Arboviral Diseases Branch and its Dengue Branch as Branch Chief, which are world leaders in the detection, prevention, and control of the most important arboviral pathogens of humans.  Each position serves as a Branch Chief within DVBD, National Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). The position is under the general direction of the Division Director. One position to be filled in Fort Collins, CO and one position to be filled in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Branch Chief is responsible for establishing and coordinating activities of the organizational teams within the Branch and serves as the principal scientific advisor to the DVBD Director on issues concerning the scientific content, direction and health impact of Branch programs.

Salary: $128,078 to $172,500 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO or San Juan, PR
Application due: 02/24/2021

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Biologist (Vector-Borne Disease)

Heluna Health (HH) and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of a Biologist for the National Park Service, Vector-Borne Disease Project. The Biologist position is a contract position responsible for working with Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) Public Health Biologists to conduct prevention, surveillance, and control of vector-borne diseases in Yosemite and Lassen Volcanic National Parks and other regions in California. Work will be performed under the supervision of the Supervising Public Health Biologist, VBDS Northern Region, Elk Grove, California. Duties performed will help reduce the risk of vector-borne disease transmission to California residents, visitors, and employees of the National Park Service. Please contact Mark Novak, Supervising Public Health Biologist, with any questions at Mark.Novak@cdph.ca.gov.

Salary: $32.00 - $34.00 per hour
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application posted: 01/25/2021

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Vector Ecologist

Sutter-Yuba Mosquito & Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. Under the direction of the District Manager and direct supervision of the Entomologist, this position provides professional scientific and entomological services for the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District and performs related work as required. The Vector Ecologist supports the work of the Entomologist to inform the manager of current District-wide mosquito abundance and detected vector-borne disease. The Vector Ecologist regularly works with, uses and applies pesticides.


Salary: $4,623.00 - $6,649.00 per month
Location: Yuba City, CA
Application due: 02/19/2021

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Vector Ecologist

Merced County Mosquito Abatement District is recruiting for the position, Vector Ecologist. 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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Entomologist

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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Mosquito and Vector Control Specialist (2 positions open)

Butte County Mosquito & Vector Control District is recruiting for two Mosquito and Vector Control Specialists. During the warmer months of the year, under the general direction of the District Manager and Assistant Manager and direct supervision of the Regional Supervisor, the Mosquito and Vector Control Specialist (MVCS) performs vector surveillance, performs vector control operations, and provides public education within the District’s service area. The MVCS is assigned a geographic zone and/or specialized functions of a vector control agency, and performs work as required. During the cooler months of the year, the MVCS performs annual maintenance of spray equipment/machines, ATVs, vehicles, and facilities; performs personnel and equipment characterization and calibration; performs and assists with special projects; receives annual training and attends continuing education courses.

Salary:
$4,149.16 - $5,839.16 per month
Location: Oroville, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Executive Assistant/Clerk of the Board

Coachella Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. Under direction, this at-will, exempt/confidential position performs a variety of confidential and highly responsible, complex administrative duties on behalf of the General Manager and Board of Trustees; administers and coordinates District agenda, minutes and communications; serves as liaison with District General Counsel, outside agencies and general public; manages official District records and performs other related duties.

Salary: $6,180.26 - $7,887.75 per month
Location: Indio, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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District Manager

San Joaquin Mosquito & Vector Control District is recruiting for the position, District Manager. Under policy direction, to act as executive officer of the District and advisor to the Board of Trustees; to plan, organize, and direct the operations of the District; to represent the Board of Trustees and the District in its relations in the community, to manage a wide variety of complex managerial and technical vector control functions and programs; and to perform related tasks as needed. The single-role, executive-level management class is responsible for short and long range planning under the policy direction of the Board of Trustees and applicable legislative authority.  The District Manager acts with a high degree of autonomy and discretion in making fiscal, operational, personnel, and program decisions under routine and emergency conditions.

Salary:
$140,000.00 or more per year (commensurate with experience)
Location: San Joaquin County, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Operations Manager

Clarke is recruiting for the position, Operations Manager. Working closely with the Director, the Operations Manager is responsible for cultivating a culture of performance based accountability, leadership and team building within the mosquito operations team while partnering closely with sales, customer care and other departments to help accomplish the vision of the mosquito operations team and prepare for organizational and departmental growth. He/she should also have a keen eye for safety as well as regulatory compliance and process improvements to ensure exceptional customer experiences.

Location: Roselle, IL
Application posted: 01/12/2021

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Director

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

Mosquito Technician I (Regular Full-Time)

Sutter-Yuba Mosquito & Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. Under the general direction of the General Foreman and direct supervision of the Field Supervisor and possibly Field Technicians II and III, this position is an entry level position that performs inspections and control operations in an assigned zone or specialized function of a mosquito and vector control agency and does related work as required.


Salary: $3,725.00 - $5,357.00 per month
Location: Yuba City, CA
Application due: 02/19/2021

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Laboratory Technician (Regular Full-Time)

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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Field Technician I (Regular Full-Time)

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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Senior Laboratory Technician

Dr. Yi-Pin Lin is currently seeking a multi-year laboratory technician to work in his lab. This position will be in involved in the work to study the infection of Lyme disease bacteria other tick-borne pathogens using tick infection models as well as develop the prevention against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.


Salary: $42,056.00 per year
Location: Albany, NY
Application due: 02/12/2021

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Assistant Professor (Arthropod Vectors & Associated Pathogens)

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

Assistant/Associate Professor

Colorado State University is seeking applications to fill this position, Assistant/Associate Professor. Medical & Veterinary entomology research focusing on vectors and vector-borne pathogens. Areas of focus are determined by the candidates, but may include vector-pathogen interactions, field studies in vector-borne diseases, control of arthropod populations, population biology and bionomics of arthropods, and efficient integration of data on vector-borne pathogen transmission and disease patterns with entomological sampling and environmental factors using spatial analysis and risk assessment. Primary collaborations within the Department of MIP are expected to be with the Vector Biology/Arbovirology faculty members and researchers of the Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases (CVID), as well as with veterinarians involved researching vector-borne diseases of animals and humans, and those interested in spatial analysis and risk assessment of veterinary diseases. Additional collaborations with faculty in the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Colorado School of Public Health and Environment, researchers at the CDC-DVBD and at the USDA Wildlife Research Center.

Salary: $80,000 - $90,000 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Application due: 02/28/2021 at 11:59 PM (MT)

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Associate/Full Professor

State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University seeks an internationally recognized expert in tick-borne diseases to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (EIP). The successful candidate will join a growing team of collaborative and interdisciplinary infectious disease researchers within the newly established SUNY Center for Vector-Borne Diseases. This position offers a highly competitive hard-money state-line salaries and generous start-up package.

Location: Albany, NY
Veterinary Virology/Immunology Faculty

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  (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.

Assistant/Associate Professor and Director

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.
Assistant/Associate Professor

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

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

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