The laboratory of Matt Thomas in the Entomology department at The Pennsylvania State University seeks to fill two postdoctoral research positions to work on empirical and theoretical aspects of the ecology and control of mosquito vectors.
One position involves evaluating the consequences of insecticide resistance for control of malaria mosquito vectors. The position will entail conducting a range of lab (and potentially semi-field) studies to determine how resistance affects the capacity of mosquitoes to transmit malaria under realistic conditions of insecticide exposure, together with studies on the potential efficacy of prospective new control tools. The ideal candidate will have previous experience conducting experiments on insecticides and mosquitoes, including familiarity with WHO protocols and experience of lab and field work in Africa. However, more important is the ability to design, implement and analyze (i.e. good statistical skills) potentially complex host-parasite experiments and life history studies.
For the second position we are looking for someone with appropriate ecological/population modeling skills to explore the broader implications of our empirical research. We have particular interest in development and application of models to help better understand the epidemiological consequences of insecticide resistance, to explore how potential strategies for resistance management (such as rotations, mixtures, mosaics etc.) might slow the spread of resistance, and to examine the potential impact of novel control tools and integrated vector management strategies.
Applications must be submitted online and include a cover letter, CV and names and contact information for three references. These are fixed-term appointments funded for one year from date of hire but with potential for renewal. The positions are available from December 1.
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