Organisation: University of Glasgow, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine
Location: Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
Closing date: 8th July 2011
We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher who is committed to applying their expertise in cutting-edge ecology and quantitative analyses towards improving the prediction and control of malaria vectors within the African settings where they impose the greatest health burden.
This post has been generated through a new collaboration between the University of Glasgow, the Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania and the University of California, Davis. This individual will join a dynamic team of mosquito vector biologists based at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Tanzania, an international leader in the field of malaria research. At the IHI, s/he will lead the National Institute of Health, USA funded project Ecological and genetic determinants of malaria transmitting behaviours in the African vector Anopheles arabiensis.
The primary objective of this 5-year initiative is to identify the contribution of environmental and mosquito genetic factors to variation in the mosquito feeding and resting behaviours that determine their transmission ability and susceptibility to control measures. A further objective is to assess the phenotypic and genetic response of vector populations to the up-scaling of control measures that target specific vector behaviours (e.g. Insecticide-Treated Nets, targeting mosquitoes that bite indoors at night) and evaluate evidence for mosquito behavioural shifts in response to their use.
These issues will be investigated by the establishment of longitudinal field studies of mosquito vector behavior, demography and transmission intensity within several populations of the Kilombero Valley of Tanzania, where the coverage of indoor-based mosquito control measures is anticipated to significantly rise throughout the duration of the study.
In concert with directing the research activities of this project, this individual will be responsible for leading the development of research capacity in disease ecology at the Ifakara Health Institute, through provision of onsite supervision and training to high quality Tanzanian postgraduate students pursuing research associated with this project. By facilitating the transition of these students to independent scientists through publication and presentation of their results, the candidate will have opportunity to make a substantial contribution towards improving research capacity in malaria vector management in Tanzania.
Apply online at www.glasgow.ac.uk/jobs
Closing date: 8th July 2011
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
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