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Postdoctoral Position (posted April, 2021)
A postdoctoral position is available in Gabriel Hamer’s Lab (https://hamerlab.tamu.edu) in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more research projects funded by multiple federal sponsors, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Health. Lab projects include the evaluation of mosquito and tick control interventions, triatomine vector biology and control, mosquito and triatomine transmission experiments, and high containment research on SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses.
Candidates should have a PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, veterinary medicine or related fields. Strong quantitative skills are required and candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and will be expected to lead data analyses and contribute to proposal writing. Desirable skills and experience include one or more of the following: statistical modeling, mathematical modeling, transmission experiments, molecular techniques, geographic information systems, spatial analyses and/or field vector or animal sampling. Candidates will need to work independently and as effective members of multidisciplinary collaborative teams. The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate with the investigators and partners of the Western Gulf Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (https://www.utmb.edu/wgcvbd) and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program (http://eeb.tamu.edu/).
Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible. 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
Multiple Research Assistants (posted April, 2021)
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
Vector and Vector-borne Disease Research
Dr. Gabriel Hamer Laboratory
Dr. Jorge da Silva Laboratory
2415 E. Highway 83
Weslaco, TX 78596-8344
Multiple part-time and full-time research positions are available at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, Weslaco, Texas. The successful candidates will join a research team studying multiple aspects of vector biology and control as well as vector-borne disease transmission. The primary focus is on a mosquito control trial to reduce vectors of mosquito-borne viruses. Additional projects involve kissing bugs- the vector of the Chagas disease parasite – and ticks and tick-borne disease. The field sites are focused in the Lower Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border.
Candidates should have experience in the fields of biology, public health, entomology, or related fields. Desirable skills and experience includes one or more of the following: community engagement, fieldwork experience, laboratory experience, and organizational, written, and oral communication skills. Licensed community health workers (promotoras) are encouraged to apply. Candidates will need to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary collaborative team. Extensive field work will be conducted in residential neighborhoods and natural areas throughout the valley in adverse weather conditions (e.g., hot temperatures), so candidates need to be capable of working outdoors. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. The position will be supervised by Dr. Gabriel Hamer and Dr. Jorge da Silva and will be based at the AgriLife Research Center in Weslaco, TX (http://weslaco.tamu.edu/).
Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions will remain open until filled. The temporary appointments are flexible ranging from April to December, 2021. The hourly wage will be $12 to $16 per hour, commensurate with experience.
Applications should include a CV, statement of interest, the names of two references and be e-mailed as a single PDF to: email@example.com
I am actively recruiting undergraduate students to work in my lab. Students are encouraged to enroll in ENTO 491 to build an independent research project studying vector-borne disease ecology under the supervision of myself or a graduate student. If interested, please contact me and include a resume, list of coursework and grades, and a statement of your research interests.
Students projects in my lab use diverse tools such as field or laboratory experiments, modeling, molecular techniques, and spatial analyses to address broad questions in vector-borne disease ecology. Students interested in joining for Masters or PhD-level research should contact me with a CV, GRE scores, and a statement of your research interests. Applicants are encouraged to apply for external graduate fellowhips (e.g. National Science Foundation or Environmental Protection Agency) and the internal Merit and Diversity Fellowship.
Prospective post-docs should contact me and include a CV and cover letter with your research interests.