NEVBD Postdoctoral Research Positions

Postdoctoral Research Position in Mosquito Vector Biology & Genomics at the Center for Conservation Genomics, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoologic Park

The Center for Conservation Genomics (CCG), Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), National Zoological Park, invites applications for a postdoc in Mosquito Biology and Genomics examining how evolution of the mosquito vector affects pathogen (bird malaria) epidemiology. The successful candidate will be an exceptional scientist with a strong track record of published research involving the molecular analysis of pathogen vectors, especially those of concern for animal health and conservation.
The CCG’s mission is to understand and conserve biodiversity through application of genomics and genetic approaches. CCG scientists creatively apply genetic theory and methods to gain knowledge about the evolutionary and life histories of animals, to understand the importance of genetic variation to their survival, and to identify the methods needed to sustain them in human care and in the wild. In the case of invasive disease vectors, also identify methods to control them with minimum impact on the ecosystem at large.

Position Responsibilities: The selected candidate will be expected to conduct research on mosquito-pathogen evolution. The candidate should have experience in developing and applying “next generation” DNA lab analysis methods and bioinformatics. Knowledge of the biology of one or more groups of pathogen vectors is also expected. The ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences, including the public, is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in activities, such as educational outreach, and to be involved with professional associations and other organizations within the scientific community.

Qualifications: Key requirements inlcude (1) pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed, and (2) must be able to travel and work independently as well as within a team environment. Candidates may qualify for this position by demonstrating the experience outlined above, by completion of three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the position, or by a combination of experience and education.

Employment Term: Full-time, 3-year temporary appointment with full Smithsonian benefits to be filled at the IS-9 level, equivalent to Federal GS-9. The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. For a complete description of benefits, please visit

Proof of authorization to work in US required.  The authorized salary for this position at this time is $51,384 per annum, plus benefits.  Qualified candidates who are referred to the hiring official will be asked to submit educational transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and research statements detailing their research interests and general experience for the position by 15 December to but applications will be reviewed and followed up as they arrive.

Please include the position title in the subject line of your e-mail. CVs should include your educational history (including degrees awarded), listings of publications, scientific and public presentations, grants received, and honors and awards. Also include a description of your paid and non-paid work experience that is related to this job; starting and ending dates of job (Month and year); and average number of hours worked per week.

To learn more about the Fonseca lab see . For a direct link to the CCG, SCBI and NZP please visit .

For more information, contact Dina Fonseca ( ).

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Associate Position in a Multidisciplinary Laboratory Investigating the Effects of Hyperlipidemia and Obesity in the Pathogenicity and Persistency of Borrelia burgdorferi in the Host

The Department of Entomology at Rutgers University is seeking to fill a NIH- funded Postdoctoral Associate position in a multidisciplinary laboratory investigating the effects of hyperlipidemia and obesity in the pathogenicity and persistency of Borrelia burgdorferi in the host. The successful applicant will join a vibrant laboratory with a diverse and collaborative environment with access to cutting-edge resources in a major research university.

Candidates must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, a publication record consistent with the position and an interest in microbial pathogenesis.

Position Responsibilities:
(85%) 1. Execution of biological experiments to investigate the effects of hyperlipidemia and obesity in the pathogenicity and persistency of Borrelia burgdorferi in the host. The candidate will conduct cell culture assays, DNA/RNA extraction, qRT-PCR, western blotting, ELISA, and mouse infection etc. Assist other lab members in conducting in vitro and in vivo studies. Expected outcomes are high quality results suitable for publication and documentation in peer reviewed journals and for support of grant applications.

(5%) 2. Keep records of work, analyze data, and assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publications. Responsible for coherent documentation to enable effective analysis. A legibly written continually updated laboratory notebook is required.

(5%) 3. Maintain laboratory equipment, hazardous waste removal, keep inventory of supplies. Expected outcome is a proper adherence to all health and safety inspection protocols and regulations

(5%) 4. Assist training students and other part-time hourly personnel in experimental techniques and the proper use of equipment and machinery in the laboratory. Expected outcome is an efficiently run experimental procedure with reliable results.

Qualifications: Requires a PhD in relevant area of microbiology, biochemistry, immunology or close related field. Experience on bacteria/cell culture, DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR, cloning, western blotting, protein assay, enzyme activity, ELISA, sequencing and bioinformatics analysis. Requires a strong background and knowledge of common laboratory techniques and safety procedures. Excellent organizational, interpersonal skills, and computer literacy, including proficiency in Word, Excel and Power Point is required.

Employment Term: We are seeking a candidate to fill the position immediately.

Full position description available at

This position is part of the Toleda Lab. More information can be found at .

Postdoctoral Research Position in Insecticide Resistance Mapping, Monitoring, Detection, and Control of Mosquito Disease Vectors

The Department of Entomology at Cornell University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position in the area of insecticide resistance monitoring of mosquito disease vectors in the northeastern United States. A primary goal of our team is to determine the status and extent of resistance in the region through a resistance monitoring, detection, and spatial mapping program. In addition, the successful candidate may be involved in the evaluation of new insecticides for control of regional mosquito and tick vectors.
Position Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in this effort. Ability to think and work independently – but also as a member of a team – is essential. Experience in mosquito field collection, insecticide resistance bioassays, genotyping of resistance loci, GIS and statistical analyses experience are essential. Experience with mapping and spatial analysis is desirable. Successful candidate will be expected to train and work with vector control staff throughout the region, developing training modules specifically for the collection, testing, and reporting of insecticide resistance data. The candidate will also be responsible for testing novel insecticides for their potential use in mosquito control, and will contribute to a one-credit graduate seminar on public health vector management offered annually.

In addition to carrying out research central to the CDC-funded project, and obtaining publishable results and publications, the successful candidate will find opportunities to mentor undergraduate (and perhaps early-graduate) students in research and will themselves be mentored by two experienced PIs in skills that will be relevant to their future career (such as grant-writing, laboratory management, planning experiments, data analysis). Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Cornell University provides an excellent benefits package.

Qualifications: Must have a PhD in Entomology, Ecology, or related field, supported by publications in peer-reviewed journals. Prior experience in mosquito field collection, insecticide resistance bioassays, genotyping of resistance loci, GIS, and statistical analyses are essential. Strong communication (verbal and written) skills, fluency in English, and an ability to work well with others are required. Experience with mapping and spatial analysis is desirable.

Employment Term: We are seeking a candidate to fill the position immediately. This is a full-time position through 31 January 2019, with renewal contingent upon performance and availability of funds.

Full position description available at Cornell Academic Career Opportunities .

For more information, contact Jeffrey Scott, PhD ( ) or Laura C. Harrington, PhD ( ).

Postdoctoral Research Scientist Position in Molecular Medical Entomology and/or Population Biology

The Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station invites applications for a postdoctoral scientist position in Molecular Medical Entomology and/or Population Biology. The successful candidate will conduct original investigations on the behavior and population genetics of mosquito/tick vectors of human diseases. The successful candidate will interact with an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases, as well as Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases, with core strengths in medical entomology, genetics, virology, ecology, and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases. The successful candidate will have access to animal facilities, mosquito and tick colonies, and electron microscope facility within the Experiment Station, and core DNA sequencing, Center for Genome Analysis, and biotechnology facilities at nearby Yale University.
Qualifications: Must possess a PhD or equivalent degree and excellent record of productivity, experience in molecular biology and/or population genomics, including the preparation of samples for Next Generation Sequencing (GBS/RAD-seq), familiarity with the UNIX/Linux operating system, working knowledge of tools and methods for the analysis of population genomic data (STACKS, STRUCTURE, etc.), familiarity with scripting languages (Perl, Python) and statistical softwar (preferraby R).

The salary is $48,189 per year with a generous benefits package. Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 Applicants should send electronically (1) a cover letter summarizing the candidate's qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) copies of graduate transcripts, and (4) names and contact information for 3 letters of reference to:

 Goudarz Molaei ( ), Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.