Research and training post-doctoral position in malaria vector ecology ~

12 de junio de 2011

Research and training post-doctoral position in malaria vector ecology

University of Glasgow
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine

Research and training post-doctoral position in malaria vector ecology,
Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania & University of Glasgow, UK Ref: M00269

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.

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Closing date: 8th July 2011

The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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