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CLOSED: Job: Molecular parasitologist / Molecular epidemiologist-Spain

May 10, 2012 - 18:09 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Organisation: CRESIB

Location: Barcelona, Spain

The closing date for the receipt of applications: 20 May 2012

Reference: MP_TransEPI before 20/05/2012

CRESIB is a non profit organization which mission is to offer a service of excellence to the investigation and the innovation of its national and international projects. The aim is to help to improve the health and the quality of life of the population worldwide through efficiency, professionalism, and responsible work with a scientific and social orientation.
The CRESIB also tries to contribute to the development and improvement of the quality of life of the most disadvantaged populations by collaboration in research programs and activities of investigation, formation, consultancy, technical assistance and project development in the area of the international health and the cooperation.


The CRESIB is looking for a candidate to work as a Molecular parasitologist / Molecular epidemiologist –  Mueller Lab, Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB)



The comparative epidemiology of P. falciparum and P. vivax transmission in Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Brazil project, known as the “TransEPI” project aims to contribute towards improved control and eventual elimination of malaria in the Asia-Pacific and Americas. The objective of the TransEPI project is to determine the dynamics of malaria transmission stages in host and vector in 3 non-African settings and determine bottlenecks and their impact transmission and parasite population diversity.


Therefore, an excellent opportunity exists for a Post-doctoral Fellow to apply for a newly created position in the Mueller lab at the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB). For this new project investigating the molecular epidemiology of malaria transmission, we are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral scientist with a solid background in molecular biology and its application in the context of large-scale epidemiological field studies. The project will apply state of the art molecular methods for the detection and genotyping of Plasmodium sp. gametocytes (RT-qPCR, nextGen sequencing) in a series of coordinated cross-sectional and longitudinal studies in Brazil, Thailand and Papua New Guinea in order to determine the infectious reservoir and effective population sizes of different Plasmodiumsp. at varying levels of transmission. In addition, by developing novel methods for genotyping Plasmodium oocysts and sporozoites in its natural vector, we will study the relationships between density and genetic complexity of gametocytes in a blood meal and its infectivity to the mosquito host, and identify the frequency of sexual recombination in the mosquito midgut in order to quantify potential genetics bottlenecks in the transmission process.


As part of a large and international team, the Post-doctoral Fellow will be responsible for establishing the required molecular assays (training will be provided for this aspect), transfer them to the laboratories at Foundation for Tropical Medicine in Manaus and supervise their application to the field-based epidemiological and entomological studies. S/he will be responsible for the population genetic analyses and (in collaboration with a dedicated statistician) guide the molecular epidemiological analyses the molecular data thus obtained. The position will require close collaboration with Brazilian scientists, including the mentoring of PhD and MSc students and a willingness to spend time working in Manaus, Brazil.


Candidates should possess a PhD in molecular parasitology or molecular biology and have a strong interest participating in large population-based studies.
Prior experience in malaria research and /or familiarity with epidemiological methods are beneficial but not a prerequisite.


This position is available for 2.5 years starting asap, and compensation for this position will be based on the applicant’s experience and qualifications.


For full consideration, interested candidates should submit to:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae indicating two references and the 5 most relevant publications
  • Candidates should also arrange for two letters of reference


The closing date for the receipt of applications is 20 May 2012.


Applications will be reviewed and short-listed. Short-listed candidates will be contacted no later than 25 May 2012 and invited for an interview.


Please note that only candidates invited for the interview will be contacted.


Applicants must send by e-mail to: all the documentation with the following reference MP_TransEPI before 20/05/2012.

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