The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking Ixodes spp. ticks to expand their reference collection to support morphological identification and for the development of new molecular assays to identify ticks to species. If you have any additional ethanol-preserved ticks available that you’d be willing to send (shipping address is given below), CDC would love to receive up to 30 per species and life stage per submitter. Ideally, these would be accompanied with information on when the tick was collected and from which county.
Please submit ticks to: Shelby Ford, CDC/DVBD/BDB, 3156 Rampart Road, Fort Collins, CO 80521
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 email@example.com.
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 April 29, 2021, "Tomorrow’s Vector Forecast: Predicting VBD Activity" from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PDT!
The AMCA Washington Conference is going virtual in 2021. Join AMCA for the opportunity to educate key legislators and policy makers on the mosquito control industry, the work you do, and explain how their votes impact our districts and their constituents. It is vital for members of the association, like you, to impact the narrative taking place on Capitol Hill. To make this happen we need you to join us for AMCA’s Virtual Washington Day this May.
When: Monday, May 10th - Thursday, May 14th, 2021 Registration Rates: Member ($25), Non-member ($75), and retired members or students (free)
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 Educationfor 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.
Public Health Communication Online Training Seminar Series
Interested in being a more effective, strategic communicator? Attend this interactive, free online training series led by a public health and strategic communication expert! Course led by Dr. Amelia Greiner Safi of the Cornell Master of Public Health Program & Department of Communication.
When: Every-other Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:30 EST on March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5
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!
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.
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. REGISTERLEARN MORE
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
4th PacVec Annual Meeting 2021 recordings are now available!
Thank you to all of you who joined us for our recent annual meeting! We recently sent an email to all attendees with the links to the recorded sessions. If you would like to receive a link to the recorded presentations, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com. 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.
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting for a Research Scientist. The primary responsibilities will include conducting vector biology research including mosquito and tick embryo injections, gene editing by CRISPR-Cas9 in order to enable genotype to phenotype studies with a focus on insulin signaling pathway, and bioinformatics. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology focus is to provide strong educational programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, to conduct high quality research in biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology, and to effectively transmit scientific knowledge to the general public.
Location: Reno, NV Application due: 04/27/2021 12:00 AM
Two postdoctoral positions are available for highly motivated individuals to study mosquito – pathogen - host interactions using state-of-the-art approaches, combining infection assays,genetics, interaction and field studies. The postdoctoral scientists will have considerable freedom to develop related research projects according to his/her interests. Expertise and aptitude in at least some of the following areas is essential: molecular biology, entomology, animal handling, virology, genetics, immunology and field work. The Vasilakis Lab [Nikos Vasilakis Lab | Create-NEO | Sealy Center for Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases] is affiliated to the Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch. The department have state-of-the-art biocontainment and insectary facilities and comprise an excellent group of faculty with a broad range of interests and expertise in vector-borne infectious diseases. The department and institution provide an excellent environment for biomedical career development. Please address enquires and applications (letter of personal and academic goals, CV, and contact information for two references) to Nikos Vasilakis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
Dr. Michael Wimberly is seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to study the environmental determinants of mosquito-borne disease transmission. The position is in the Ecological and Geospatial Research and Applications in Planetary Health (EcoGRAPH) group in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. The postdoc will have a major role in a new NIH-funded study exploring urban landscapes, climate variability, and mosquito transmission in India. This exciting project (R01AI153444) is a collaboration with Cornell University and the University of Chicago. They will also contribute to an established project on West Nile virus forecasting across four U.S. states.
The position is available as early as May 1, 2021, although a later start date is negotiable, and will be open until filled. To apply, please send a letter of interest and a CV to Dr. Mike Wimberly at email@example.com. Please feel free to send an email first if you have questions about the position
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 Wangto learn more about this position and how to apply.
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.
The Gompper lab at New Mexico State University’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (https://fwce.nmsu.edu/) is seeking a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the field of Wildlife Disease Ecology, with a focus on understanding parasite-host interactions in the arid-land ecosystems of the southwestern US. Pending final approval of funding for the position, the expected start date is July 1 2021 (although earlier or later start dates may be possible). It is expected that two years of support is available for the position. The selected candidate will focus on several projects, including most prominently a NSF-funded study of the ecology of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus and a USDA – McIntire-Stennis funded project on the impacts of fire on the ecological parasitology of mammals.
Please send cover letter (describing motivation, qualifications, skills, and experience relevant to this position), CV, and names (with contact information) of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Evaluation of applications will commence April 1 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
NEW: Research Assistant (Seasonal) California Department of Public Health/Heluna Health
Heluna Health (dba Public Health Foundation Enterprises) and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for Research Assistants in the West Nile virus (WNV) and Dead Bird Surveillance Program. Multiple full-time and possibly part-time positions will support the WNV and Dead Bird Call Center from June 1st to September 30th. This position requires a knowledge of California birds and the ability to communicate scientific information verbally to the public and public health agencies.
Salary: $18.00 - $20.00 per hour Location: Richmond, CA Application due: 04/26/2021
The positions below are excellent summer opportunities for interested students. The vector control assistant position will involve a combination of field research and data analysis. The social media internship will involve developing and creating engaging and creative social media and digital media content. The start and end dates are flexible, and the specific job duties will be determined in consultation with the applicant based on skills and common interests with the District.
A full-length work term for interns would start in May and end in October which generally corresponds to our mosquito season. The greatest need of the District for this position is from June through August. Well-qualified or returning employees in this position may be granted flexibility in work term, if necessary, provided it does not compromise District operations or goals. The specific timing of all work schedules and terms will be dictated by environmental conditions and the needs of the District.
Full-time and part-time work in the surveillance laboratory is available. Sac-Yolo MVCD can provide some flexibility for work hours if the applicant cannot commit to 40 hours/week. Anyone interested should follow up with the district at email@example.com.
The Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease is pleased to offer paid research fellowships to students and emerging professionals interested in the field of vector-borne disease during summer 2021. For approximately twelve weeks during the summer, MCE-VBD fellows will work directly on projects at partner institutions located across five Midwestern states, conducting research and/or surveillance related to tick and mosquito-borne disease under the supervision of academic and public health experts. Applicants must be located in the Midwest. If you have questions about the fellowship, contact Danielle Smith, MCE-VBD Center Coordinator, at 608-265-4741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting directly to the Assistant Manager, the Rodent Specialist’s primary responsibility is providing assistance to the public and other agencies through varied means, including providing telephone consultations, education and on-site inspections at residences and businesses throughout the two-county service area. More complex rodent-related problems may require cooperation with other government agencies as well as coordination with neighborhood and community groups. At times, the Rodent Specialist gives talks and provides information at meetings outside regular work hours, including working in information booths at fairs and other community events.
Salary: $84,497.00 - $97,011.00 per year Location: Cotati, CA Application due: 04/26/2021 at 4:00 PM
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 email@example.com or call(509) 765-7731.
Salary: $48,000.00 per year Location: Moses Lake, WA Application posted: 02/10/2021
Reporting directly to the Assistant Manager, the Source Reduction Specialist’s primary responsibility is to perform mosquito surveillance and control work on lands irrigated with treated municipal wastewater. Working closely with property owners and other agencies, the Source Reduction specialist also plays an important role in large-scale physical control of mosquito habitat, managing vegetation and transporting specialized equipment in wetlands and tidal marshes.Equipment operated ranges from all-terrain and amphibious vehicles to excavators, Snowcats and watercraft.
Salary: $84,497.00 - $97,011.00 per year Location: Cotati, CA Application due: 04/26/2021 at 4:00 PM
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
West Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is seeking applications for the following position: Scientific Operations Director. Under the direct supervision of the District Manager, the Scientific Director 1) plans, implements, directs, and administers the District’s Scientific Programs, and 2) supervises and trains laboratory scientific staff and any seasonal employees.
Salary: $46.16 - $57.64 per hour (depends on experience) Location: Ontario, CA Application due: Open until filled
Under direction of the Operations Manager, supervises assigned employees and oversees related vector programs; performs quality control inspections; provides field and classroom instruction and training to field staff; assists field employees with problematic service request, vector inspections and control work; coordinates various projects with other agencies concerning implementation of code enforcement/administrative citation processes, field surveys, community education projects, and other related vector projects; and does other related supportive services as required.
Salary: $7,340.00 - $9,836.00 per month Location: Contra Costa County, CA Application due: Open until filled
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
Under the direction of the Scientific Program Manager, the Laboratory Technician I assists with field surveys for vectors and vector-borne diseases, identifies mosquitoes and other organisms to species and submits them for testing, assists with care/maintenance of sentinel chicken flocks, records data and performs routine data entry, assists with laboratory assays and field research projects, keeps laboratory and lab equipment clean and organized, assists with repair and maintenance of field surveillance equipment, and performs other work as needed by the District.
Salary: $6,403.00 - $8,581.00 per month Location: Contra Costa County, CA Application due: Open until filled
The position of Mosquito Control Technician involves surveillance and control of mosquitoes on private and public lands within the District, with extended hours being worked in the mosquito season, which is compensated through time and one half-compensation time. Field work includes: inspecting aquatic sites such as ponds, ditches, flooded fields and wetlands to determine mosquito incidence; mixing, loading and applying pesticides; operating pesticide application equipment such as power sprayers, compressed hand sprayers, granule spreaders and ULV units; operating 4-wheel vehicles on various types of terrain and road conditions; seining and planting mosquito fish; participating in community education programs; performing daily record keeping and shop work.
Location: Tehama County, CA Application due: 04/30/2021
NEW: Assistant Professor (Vector-Biology, 2 Positions)
The Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida is seeking applications to fill two Assistant Professor positions. These are 9-month tenure-accruing positions that will be 90% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 10% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service, http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu). This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include research and extension focusing on the biology and control of vectors and vector-borne pathogens with emphasis on vector physiology, behavior, or management/surveillance. Tenure will accrue in the Entomology and Nematology Department UF-IFAS. All inquiries should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Vero Beach, FL Application due:05/01/2021 (these positions will remain open until a viable applicant pool is obtained)
UPDATE: Assistant/Associate Professor (Arbovirus Systems Genetics, Genomics, or Engineering)
This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 85% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 15% teaching (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences). Appointment at the Associate Professor level will be considered for individuals with special qualifications and experience and/or demonstrable research productivity and funding record. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Research duties focus on arthropod vectors of disease, particularly mosquitoes and ticks, and the pathogens they transmit with emphasis on using modern genetic engineering tools and procedures (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9 mediated transgenesis) for developing and evaluating new information and tools relevant to arbovirus system management. Tenure will accrue in the appropriate department in UF-IFAS. All inquiries should be made by email to email@example.com.
Location: Vero Beach, FL Application due:06/01/2021 (this position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is obtained)
Health Science Department Chair, (Associate or Full Professor, Tenure)
The Department of Health Science & Human Ecology at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for a tenure track position of Department Chair, tenured, at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to begin August 2021. The Chair for the Department of Health Science & Human Ecology will work collaboratively with the faculty to provide leadership in performing a shared vision for the department. The Chair will responsibly oversee the budget, support and encourage student success, create partnerships in the community, and celebrate faculty, staff, alumni, and student achievements. The Chair must demonstrate transparency, a profound sense of professionalism, an unwavering ethical compass, and strong support for all aspects of public health and interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaboration. The Chair will represent the Department in requesting faculty, resources, and space from the College and University. The Department Chair will also be responsible to support and work with its faculty, staff, and students to maintain accreditation of various programs in the Department.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications Location: San Bernardino, CA Application due: Continuous
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.
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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López-Pérez AM, Chaves A, Sánchez-Montes S, Foley P, Uhart M, Foley J et al. Diversity of rickettsiae in domestic, synanthropic, and sylvatic mammals and their ectoparasites in a spotted fever-epidemic region at the western US-Mexico border. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/tbed.14027
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Qiu J, Wheeler SS, Reed M, Goodman GW, Sy ND, Gan J et al. When vector control and organic farming intersect: Pesticide residues on rice plants from aerial mosquito sprays. Sci Total Environ. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144708
Lopéz‐Perez AM, Plourde B, Smith K, Rubino F, Pascoe E, Foley J et al. Impacts of timber harvest on communities of small mammals, ticks, and tick-borne pathogens in a high-risk landscape in northern California. Journal of Medical Entomology. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjaa297Pascoe EL, Plourde BT, Lopéz‐Perez AM, Foley JE. Response of small mammal and tick communities to a catastrophic wildfire and implications for tick-borne pathogens. Journal of Vector Ecology. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvec.12398