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CLOSED: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine AvecNet PhD Studentship

May 11, 2011 - 19:00 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

The overreaching objective of AvecNet is to develop new tools for malaria vector control in Africa. The mandate includes a commitment to develop research capacity in this field and as a result we will be offering a number of PhD studentships to outstanding young scientists who wish to pursue a career in malaria vector control in Africa.

Organisation: Liverpool School of tropical Medicine
Location of PhD: NIMR Tanzania and LSTM, UK. Registered for PhD at LSTM
Duration: 3 years, commencing October 2011
Closing date for applications:  18th June 2011

AvecNet Project
A new multi-partner, interdisciplinary consortium, AvecNet, has recently been established with funding from the European Commission ( The overreaching objective of AvecNet is to develop new tools for malaria vector control in Africa. The mandate includes a commitment to develop research capacity in this field and as a result we will be offering a number of PhD studentships to outstanding young scientists who wish to pursue a career in malaria vector control in Africa. 

The effects of residual insecticide treatments on the host seeking and resting behaviour of endophilic malaria vectors are not well understood. The possible range of behavioural responses that such insecticides might elicit is great, with each response potentially influencing how effective any insecticide might be, how resistance might develop and how rapidly such a process might take. Moreover, insecticide resistant populations might exhibit different responses. This aspect of insecticide action is rarely investigated and lags behind our knowledge of the genetics of insecticide resistance.

Using state-of-the-art techniques, being developed in collaboration with the Mechanical Engineering Department at Leeds University, we are investigating these behaviours in the African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae in the laboratory and in the field. Working with other groups within the multidisciplinary research consortium AVECNET (we aim to characterise behaviour in insecticide susceptible populations from Tanzania prior to studies on resistant populations. Work will be undertaken in unique laboratory experimental facilities in UK and in experimental huts in the field in Africa.

The student will be responsible for building quantifiable and reproducible profiles of a series of behaviours in mosquitoes that will provide a basis for the detection of any potential changes that might occur with insecticide resistance. 

1. To investigate approach and landing responses of Anopheles gambiae to residual treatments of insecticides at the micro and macro-behavioural level, using new tracking technologies, in the laboratory
2. To develop these protocols for use in similar studies and in experimental hut studies on natural mosquito populations in the field in Tanzania
3. To determine how insecticides, deployed by various standard methods in houses, impact on mosquito behaviour and how mosquito behaviours might influence the efficacy of individual insecticides
4. To investigate the association between behavioural profiles and molecular markers of resistance in different susceptible and resistant mosquito populations in Africa

This PhD will combine cutting edge insect tracking technology with field entomology. During initial studies at Liverpool, the student will learn how to undertake laboratory studies quantifying behaviour prior to work in Tanzania. The student will receive training in insect behaviour experimental techniques and associated technology. Liaising with collaborators investigating the same mosquito populations at the genetic level, there may be additional opportunities for molecular investigations.

• Previous experience working with malaria vectors in the field
• Good understanding of vector behaviour
• BSc/MSc in biological sciences
• Scientifically inquisitive with a commitment to learning and applying complex laboratory and statistical techniques
• Willingness to spend part of PhD in UK 
• Commitment to a career in malaria vector control in Africa

Capacity building in malaria endemic countries is a key objective of the AvecNet project. Although there are no nationality restrictions on this PhD position, applications from African nationals with demonstrated interest and commitment to developing a long term career in malaria control in Africa are particularly encouraged. 

Further information on this PhD can be obtained

This PhD is currently open to applications. To apply please send a CV and cover letter explaining your reasons for applying to 

Closing date for applications is 18th June 2011.

CLOSED: Job: Malaria Advisor - Benin, International Division, University Research Co., LLC

May 23, 2010 - 21:34 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

University Research Co, LLC is implementing a USAID-funded program in Benin, West Africa. An important component of the program focuses on improving malaria mortality and morbidity. Specific objectives include improvement of malaria case management, improved intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, supply chain management, and monitoring and evaluation.

CLOSED: Job: Reminder & deadline postponed: Postdoctoral Research Scientist

May 16, 2010 - 20:05 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research scientist to work on a project funded by the FCT (National Scientific Foundation), Portugal to investigate the role of immune stimulatory molecules on mosquito Anopheles gambiae response against the malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei (PTDC/SAU-MII/102596/2008). 

CLOSED: PhD Studentships in The Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases : Camden Town, Greater London WC1E 7, UK

February 13, 2010 - 20:04 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine invites applications for Three PhD studentships in the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases.

CLOSED: Family Health International: Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor

November 28, 2009 - 15:26 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Family Health International (FHI) is dedicated to improving lives, knowledge, and understanding worldwide through a highly diversified program of research, education, and services in family health and HIV/AIDS prevention and care.


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