A postdoctoral position is available immediately to develop transgenic male-only strains of the New World screwworm that carry a conditional early-acting female-lethal genetic system. A background in molecular biology is essential with two or more of the following areas preferred: insect genetics, embryo microinjection, DNA cloning, PCR, RNA and DNA isolation.
This is a unique opportunity to develop a novel transgenic strain that can be readily assessed for potential for genetic control in the field. The research will be performed in the screwworm research unit, which is housed within the biosecure facility screwworm mass rearing facility in Pacora, Panama. The eradication of the New World screwworm was the first, and arguably the most successful, insect genetic control program. An efficient transgenic strain could facilitate control of this important pest in countries in which it is endemic and reduce cost for the ongoing program in Panama.
Pacora is a short drive from the Panama City international airport. With the close proximity of the Panama Canal and a well-established business community, Panama City offers an exciting lifestyle for the young professional. There is a potential for collaboration with scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (http://www.stri.si.edu/).
Interested candidates with a PhD degree in genetics, entomology or related discipline should send a CV and cover letter that contains the contact information of three references to Ms. Yeiny Mudarra, email Yeiny.Mudarra@ars.usda.gov. A summary of the research program can be found at https://maxscottlab.wordpress.ncsu.edu/join-us/nws-male-only-strains/