Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University
Vector-borne and zoonotic disease ecology
A postdoctoral position is available in Gabriel Hamer’s Lab in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will contribute to research studying multiple aspects of mosquito-borne virus transmission on projects funded by multiple federal sponsors, including the CDC-sponsored Western Gulf Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (WGCVBD). The candidate will join a research team studying socio-ecological factors of mosquito-borne virus transmission, the biology of mosquito vectors, evaluating different forms of vector control intervention, and conducting enhanced arboviral biosurveillance. The field sites are focused in the Lower Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border with headquarters at the AgriLife Research Center in Weslaco, TX (http://weslaco.tamu.edu/). Projects will integrate field, laboratory, and quantitative techniques to understand and manage vector-borne diseases.
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, statistics, and mathematical modeling. Strong quantitative skills are required. Candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and will be expected to contribute to proposal writing. Candidates will need to work independently and as effective members of multidisciplinary collaborative teams. The candidate is expected to assist in the selection and supervision of a field research team. The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate with the investigators and partners of the WGCVBD (https://www.utmb.edu/wgcvbd), TAMU Vector Biology Research Group (http://vectorbiology.tamu.edu/) and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program (http://eeb.tamu.edu/).
Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible, between Spring and Fall, 2018. The position is available for 2 years with the possibility of renewal depending on performance and available funds. A competitive salary, starting at $47,500, will be commensurate with experience. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be e-mailed as a single PDF to: firstname.lastname@example.org