Postdoctoral Fellow – Innate immunity in house flies

The Department of Entomology at Kansas State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to study the evolution and utilization of innate immune genes in house flies (Musca domestica). KSU is working collaboratively with the Arthropod Borne Animal Diseases Unit at the USDA to understand the evolution of house fly immune genes (effectors, receptors) and their co-option for living in septic environments. As such, fellow will perform research at both KSU and USDA laboratories. Continue reading

Penn State seeks Post-doctoral Research Associate

Full announcement and application instructions: https://psu.jobs/job/74773

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Veterinary Entomology Laboratory of Dr. Erika Machtinger at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. The successful applicant will have flexibility to work in several different research areas including integrated pest management and ecology of filth flies on livestock and poultry facilities, West Nile virus cycles associated with ruffed grouse in Pennsylvania, tick chemical ecology and associations with white-footed mice and other hosts, or arthropod transmission of avian influenza. Applicants are expected to have earned a Ph.D. degree. Previous training in veterinary entomology, vector management, vector-host interactions, wildlife conservation and ecology, is desired. Other requirements may be determined by the avenue of proposed research. The successful candidate will also participate in Extension activities through the College of Agriculture at Penn State. Continue reading

Mosquito-borne Diseases Risk Mapping – Spatial and Temporal Modeling with Geospatial Analyses

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A postgraduate research training opportunity is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). The appointment will be served with the Systems Exposure Division (SED) in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Position number: EPA-ORD-NERL-SED-2016-07

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Texas A&M announces three postdoc openings

A postdoctoral position is available at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, Weslaco, Texas. The successful candidate will contribute to research studying multiple aspects of mosquito-borne virus transmission on projects funded by multiple federal sponsors. The candidate will help lead a field research team studying socio-ecological factors of mosquito-borne virus transmission, evaluating different forms of vector control intervention, and conducting enhanced biosurveillance for Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika virus. The field sites are focused in the Lower Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border.

Candidates should have a PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, or related fields.  Desirable skills and experience includes one or more of the following: field vector sampling, mosquito identification, molecular diagnostics, social science, geographic information systems, spatial analyses, and statistics. Candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications and have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills. Candidates will need to work independently and as a senior member of a multidisciplinary collaborative team. Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required. The position will be supervised by Dr. Gabriel Hamer and Dr. Ismael Badillo-Vargas and will be based at the AgriLife Research Center in Weslaco, TX (http://weslaco.tamu.edu/). Continue reading

Postdoc in Symbiont diversity, and Collection & Database Curator

The Forest Entomology and Symbiology team at the University of Florida (www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org) is looking for two new colleagues:

1 – Postdoc in symbiont diversity. We are looking for one- or two-year postdoc to work on a new NSF-funded project on a global characterization of symbioses between wood boring beetles, fungi, and bacteria using metabarcoding, metagenomic and culturing approaches. Please submit your CV with emphasis on 1) publications (that is the most important criterion), 2) evidence of being an independent problem-solver and finisher, and 3) evidence that you really like data-driven, quantitative, molecular research on organismal diversity. Experience with fungi or other small organisms is a bonus.

2 – Collection and database curator: We are also looking for a one- or two-year research assistant to manage and improve our large cryo-collection of beetle and fungus samples. Please submit your CV with emphasis on 1) experience with serious data management, ideally using MS Access, 2) passion for biological collection curation, and 3) evidence of being an independent problem-solver and finisher. Continue reading

Postdoc opportunity at University of Florida

Are you a recent graduate or postdoc interested in invasive species, nature conservation, invasive pest prevention, regulation and policy? Are you good at interview-type research? Do you have a good record of academic publishing?

The Emerging Threats to Forests research group at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service is looking for a postdoc or a temporary researcher on a project “Review of successful eradications of invasive forest pests and diseases”.

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