Vector-borne Disease Ecology position Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of vector-borne disease ecology starting in August 2017. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in Blacksburg, Virginia. This position is part of a new university-wide emphasis that includes the hiring of six faculty members in the area of infectious disease across four colleges. The faculty member in this position is expected to help establish and grow the new Global Systems Science Destination Area (http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html) through participation in this broader university effort. This Destination Area is focused on critical problems that cross the nexus of natural and human systems.

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Centers for Disease Control announces RFA for Vector-Borne Disease Regional Centers of Excellence

The Centers for Disease Control is sponsoring a funding opportunity for vector-borne disease regional Centers of Excellence.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish vector-borne disease (VBD) regional Centers of Excellence (COEs) aimed at building the capacity to address the problem of emerging and exotic vector-borne diseases in the U.S., including Zika virus infection. The specific goals of these centers are to: (1) conduct applied research to develop and validate effective VBD prevention and control tools and methods necessary to anticipate and respond to disease outbreaks; (2) train a cadre of public health
entomologists with the knowledge and skills required to rapidly detect and respond to VBD threats in the United States; and (3) build effective collaborations between academic communities and public health organizations at federal, state, and local levels for VBD surveillance, prevention, and response. The ultimate objective is for these centers to help generate the necessary knowledge and capacity to enable appropriate and timely local public health action for VBD to be taken throughout the U.S., given significant regional differences in vector ecology, disease transmission dynamics and resources. Continue reading

Research Assistant position open at Texas A&M AgriLife

A Research Assistant position is available in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will join a research lab studying diverse vector-borne disease systems. Duties will involve molecular diagnostics for mosquito-borne viruses and other pathogens, mosquito and kissing bug colony care and experiments, and general laboratory management. Continue reading