Opportunities

Swiss TPH Call For Applications: 4-week Malaria Course in Tanzania

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in collaboration with the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is organising a 4-week postgraduate Course on Malaria Prevention, Control & Elimination in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, from April 20 to May 15, 2020. 

The objectives of the course are to build capacity by reinforcing knowledge and expertise of persons involved in the care of patients, in control programmes or in research activities in the field of malaria and to improve skills in time management, presenting and writing research proposals. At the end of the course, the participants should be able to manage malaria issues more effectively and to develop basic training courses and material in their home institutions.

Target group: Health Personnel, Scientists and Researchers, Public Health Specialists and Malaria Control Administrators from malaria-affected countries.

Level: Postgraduate

Programme: Certificate of Attendance

Language: English

Read more here.

Applications deadline March 5, 2020.

2 fully-funded PhD positions in phylogeography and systematics of Australian dung beetles. 

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) invites applications for two 5-year PhD positions in evolutionary biology. Graduate students will be enrolled in the Biology Department at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) but primarily be based in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at CMNH.

The graduate students will work under the supervision of Dr Nicole Gunter and will participate in an NSF funded project that investigates evolutionary history of Australian dung beetles to gain a better understanding of species distribution. Graduate students will conduct independent research on the evolution and biogeography of Australian dung beetles combining niche modelling, systematics and phylogenetic research on one of the two biogeographically distinct lineages.

Position 1: Northern Miocene element comprised of the cosmopolitan genus Onthophagus. This project will have a greater focus on colonization history, diversification and adaptation on the Australian continent.

Position 2: Southern Gondwanan element comprised of genera from Australasian endemic clade. This project will have a greater focus on systematics, ecological niche modelling and influence of habitat fragmentation on diversification.

By reconstructing the phylogeographic history of this model system, students will explore the heritability of environmental tolerance and its influence on species distribution and diversification. The research will include training in integrative systematics, molecular phylogenetics and ecological niche modelling and will involve international travel including field work, recuration of museum collections and collaboration. The projects involve remote field work in Australia so prior field experience is an asset, and an international passport will be required.

The successful candidates will be highly motivated and independent, have research experience and a strong academic record in evolutionary biology, entomology or ecology, a MSc in one of these field is preferred. Experience in systematics, phylogenomics or niche modelling is a plus but not essential.
If you are interested, you need to apply to posted advertisement on the Cleveland Museum of Natural History website (Requisition ID: 1104 Research Assistant I). Applications will include a CV, a 1 page cover letter, research experience and area of interest, and the names of two potential references.

Only 1 application is necessary if you are interested in both positions, please indicate a project if you have a strong preference. Preferred starting date Fall Semester 2020, interviews with selected candidates will be conducted as soon as possible. 

Successful applicants will then be required enroll to the Department of Biology graduate degree program at Case Western Reserve University. Additional information can be also found in the Biology Department website (https://biology.case.edu/graduate/admission/) but please note there will be exemption to the normal application deadline. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions about the positions. Cheers,Nicole  
Nicole L. Gunter PhD
Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
Cleveland Museum of Natural History 
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.231.4600 x. 3282
ngunter@cmnh.org OR NicoleLGunter@gmail.com

Malaria Course in Tanzania: A Four-Week Postgraduate Course on Malaria Prevention, Control & Elimination

The sixth edition of the Malaria Course in Tanzania will take place from April 20 to May 15, 2020.
This course is offered by Swiss TPH in collaboration with the Ifakara Health Institute, Bagamoyo Branch.

Application deadline: Thursday 5 March 2020
For information here: https://www.swisstph.ch/en/courses/mctz2020/

Consultant needed for Bednet coverage survey for Vanuatu

A Contractor is being sought to assist in a survey of LLIN coverage (access and usage) and community practices regarding re-purposing and disposal of old LLINs in Vanuatu. Applications are due by 07 February 2020, and should include a 500-1000 word overview of the proposed approach for the survey.

Further information and application details are available through the UN General Marketplace: https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/102936

Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day training course, June 2020

The third annual six-day course on Biology of Vector-borne Diseases will be held June 21-26, 2020 at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, USA. This course provides accessible, condensed training and “knowledge networking” for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, current trends and developments, and practical knowledge for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans. Read more and apply at this link: https://www.uidaho.edu/cals/center-for-health-in-the-human-ecosystem/education/vector-borne-diseases/application

Exploring the Contribution of 3rd Generation IRS Products with NgenIRS

Exploring the Contribution of 3rd Generation IRS Products with NgenIRS

The NgenIRS partnership led by IVCC and funded by Unitaid with support from The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, The Global Fund, PATH, and Abt Associates is establishing a sustainable, competitive and growing market for effective 3GIRS products at affordable prices. NgenIRS is making the most effective, long-lasting insecticides available to malaria programs and implementation partners to support insecticide resistance management strategies. In an upcoming webinar hosted by The Vector LearningXchange, representatives from the NgenIRS partnership will discuss the role of 3rd generation IRS products in reducing malaria in light of increasing pyrethroid resistance.The webinar will take place on January 30, 2020 at 8:00AM EST

Register Here
https://www.vectorlearningxchange.com/register/
https://pmivectorlink.org/2020/01/06/exploring-the-contribution-of-3rd-generation-irs-products-with-ngenirs/

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Position at PATH

PATH is currently recruiting for a Senior Research Officer with experience in epidemiology, statistics, and global health to help lead data analysis for the New Nets Project. As a member of the pilot evaluation team at PATH, the Senior Research Officer will help lead and support the generation of evidence to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of next-generation LLINs in four countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The Senior Research Officer will also serve at the project Deputy Director and be able to take on project oversight in the project Director’s absence.

More information can be found on the PATH Careers website.

Opportunities

Swiss TPH Call For Applications: 4-week Malaria Course in Tanzania

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in collaboration with the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is organising a 4-week postgraduate Course on Malaria Prevention, Control & Elimination in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, from April 20 to May 15, 2020. 

The objectives of the course are to build capacity by reinforcing knowledge and expertise of persons involved in the care of patients, in control programmes or in research activities in the field of malaria and to improve skills in time management, presenting and writing research proposals. At the end of the course, the participants should be able to manage malaria issues more effectively and to develop basic training courses and material in their home institutions.

Target group: Health Personnel, Scientists and Researchers, Public Health Specialists and Malaria Control Administrators from malaria-affected countries.

Level: Postgraduate

Programme: Certificate of Attendance

Language: English

Read more here.

Applications deadline March 5, 2020.

2 fully-funded PhD positions in phylogeography and systematics of Australian dung beetles. 

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) invites applications for two 5-year PhD positions in evolutionary biology. Graduate students will be enrolled in the Biology Department at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) but primarily be based in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at CMNH.

The graduate students will work under the supervision of Dr Nicole Gunter and will participate in an NSF funded project that investigates evolutionary history of Australian dung beetles to gain a better understanding of species distribution. Graduate students will conduct independent research on the evolution and biogeography of Australian dung beetles combining niche modelling, systematics and phylogenetic research on one of the two biogeographically distinct lineages.

Position 1: Northern Miocene element comprised of the cosmopolitan genus Onthophagus. This project will have a greater focus on colonization history, diversification and adaptation on the Australian continent.

Position 2: Southern Gondwanan element comprised of genera from Australasian endemic clade. This project will have a greater focus on systematics, ecological niche modelling and influence of habitat fragmentation on diversification.

By reconstructing the phylogeographic history of this model system, students will explore the heritability of environmental tolerance and its influence on species distribution and diversification. The research will include training in integrative systematics, molecular phylogenetics and ecological niche modelling and will involve international travel including field work, recuration of museum collections and collaboration. The projects involve remote field work in Australia so prior field experience is an asset, and an international passport will be required.

The successful candidates will be highly motivated and independent, have research experience and a strong academic record in evolutionary biology, entomology or ecology, a MSc in one of these field is preferred. Experience in systematics, phylogenomics or niche modelling is a plus but not essential.
If you are interested, you need to apply to posted advertisement on the Cleveland Museum of Natural History website (Requisition ID: 1104 Research Assistant I). Applications will include a CV, a 1 page cover letter, research experience and area of interest, and the names of two potential references.

Only 1 application is necessary if you are interested in both positions, please indicate a project if you have a strong preference. Preferred starting date Fall Semester 2020, interviews with selected candidates will be conducted as soon as possible. 

Successful applicants will then be required enroll to the Department of Biology graduate degree program at Case Western Reserve University. Additional information can be also found in the Biology Department website (https://biology.case.edu/graduate/admission/) but please note there will be exemption to the normal application deadline. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions about the positions. Cheers,Nicole  
Nicole L. Gunter PhD
Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
Cleveland Museum of Natural History 
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.231.4600 x. 3282
ngunter@cmnh.org OR NicoleLGunter@gmail.com

Malaria Course in Tanzania: A Four-Week Postgraduate Course on Malaria Prevention, Control & Elimination

The sixth edition of the Malaria Course in Tanzania will take place from April 20 to May 15, 2020.
This course is offered by Swiss TPH in collaboration with the Ifakara Health Institute, Bagamoyo Branch.

Application deadline: Thursday 5 March 2020
For information here: https://www.swisstph.ch/en/courses/mctz2020/

Consultant needed for Bednet coverage survey for Vanuatu

A Contractor is being sought to assist in a survey of LLIN coverage (access and usage) and community practices regarding re-purposing and disposal of old LLINs in Vanuatu. Applications are due by 07 February 2020, and should include a 500-1000 word overview of the proposed approach for the survey.

Further information and application details are available through the UN General Marketplace: https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/102936

Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day training course, June 2020

The third annual six-day course on Biology of Vector-borne Diseases will be held June 21-26, 2020 at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, USA. This course provides accessible, condensed training and “knowledge networking” for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, current trends and developments, and practical knowledge for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans. Read more and apply at this link: https://www.uidaho.edu/cals/center-for-health-in-the-human-ecosystem/education/vector-borne-diseases/application

Exploring the Contribution of 3rd Generation IRS Products with NgenIRS

Exploring the Contribution of 3rd Generation IRS Products with NgenIRS

The NgenIRS partnership led by IVCC and funded by Unitaid with support from The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, The Global Fund, PATH, and Abt Associates is establishing a sustainable, competitive and growing market for effective 3GIRS products at affordable prices. NgenIRS is making the most effective, long-lasting insecticides available to malaria programs and implementation partners to support insecticide resistance management strategies. In an upcoming webinar hosted by The Vector LearningXchange, representatives from the NgenIRS partnership will discuss the role of 3rd generation IRS products in reducing malaria in light of increasing pyrethroid resistance.The webinar will take place on January 30, 2020 at 8:00AM EST

Register Here
https://www.vectorlearningxchange.com/register/
https://pmivectorlink.org/2020/01/06/exploring-the-contribution-of-3rd-generation-irs-products-with-ngenirs/

See the latest jobs, events and other happenings

Position at PATH

PATH is currently recruiting for a Senior Research Officer with experience in epidemiology, statistics, and global health to help lead data analysis for the New Nets Project. As a member of the pilot evaluation team at PATH, the Senior Research Officer will help lead and support the generation of evidence to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of next-generation LLINs in four countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The Senior Research Officer will also serve at the project Deputy Director and be able to take on project oversight in the project Director’s absence.

More information can be found on the PATH Careers website.

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MalariaX: Defeating Malaria from the Genes to the Globe

A new course has been launched “MalariaX: Defeating Malaria from the Genes to the Globe” which is free, open-access and will run until March 31, 2020. Go to
file:///C:/Users/Administrator/Downloads/MalariaX_About%20the%20Course_One%20pager_2019-20%20(2).pdf

Course Description

How can we eradicate malaria? Explore the scientific and technological underpinnings of malaria, as well as the historical, political, social, and economic contexts in which control, elimination, and eradication efforts unfold. Through foundational lectures and supplemental interviews, this course provides participants with a toolbox of knowledge and skills. Learners will be guided through the analysis of real-world data and its effective use in problem-solving. Analytical approaches focus on how to develop and implement evidence-based intervention strategies to contribute to national and local malaria eradication efforts. The target audience for the course includes those with an interest in gaining the technical expertise and leadership skills needed to work in global health and malaria programs around the world. The self-paced nature of the course will allow learners to access it at their convenience.

What you’ll learn

· The biology of the malaria parasite, the mosquito vector, and the human host

· The challenges of eradicating malaria in complex ecosystems

· Scientific and technological approaches for malaria control and elimination

· Historical, political, social, and economic contexts of malaria control, elimination, and eradication efforts

· How health systems effectively monitor and respond to malaria

Regional Medical Entomologist

The 1st European workshop on testing procedures for monitoring and managing insecticide resistance in invasive mosquitoes will be held from November 18-22, 2019 at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier, France. Organized jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and IRD through the WIN initiative (https://win-network.ird.fr/), this workshop aims to strengthen country capacities in conducting routine insecticide resistance monitoring at national level.
Attached are all information related to the workshop’s venue, registration, scientific program and objectives.

If you are interested in participating to this workshop, please register before October 20 at https://forms.gle/secKh4n26WyXhSJu6. Note that the maximum number of participants will be 20. Travel, accommodation and local meeting costs will be arranged and covered by the workshop organizers.

If you have any questions, please contact the organization committee at winprojectoffice@ird.fr.

Vector Conference India

VECTOR CONFERENCE: The XIII Annual Conference of India Society for Malaria and Other Communicable Diseases is being organized at IMA House Kochi from 29th Nov. to 1st Dec. 2019 in collaboration with by NCDC and NVBDCP Delhi. The theme of the conference is, “ Combating Vector Borne Diseases : Need for Paradigm shift.” Three days of deliberations will focus on novel strategies related to surveillance, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatments and control of vector borne diseases. Neglected tropical diseases as well as infectious and non-infectious diseases will also be dealt with. About 400-450 delegates are expected to participate in this conference across the country and abroad. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. S. N. Sharma, Organizing Secretary, ismocdkochi@gmail.com

Entomologist position with WHO in Geneva

The WHO Global Malaria Programme is currently recruiting a Technical Officer (Entomologist). The closing date for applications is 8 October 2019.
The job description can be found here: https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=1904247&tz=GMT%2B02%3A00&tzname=

The Janet Hemingway Fellow in Vector Biology - Lecturer
Monitoing & Evaluation Manager: Mozambique/South Africa

A position of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager located in Johannesburg, South Africa, is being advertized. It relates to the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative 2, which deals with malaria reduction in the border regions between Mozambique and South Africa, based largely on vector control (mainly IRS). LSDI2 has expanded in recent years and has assumed greater responsibility in Malaria control and elimination. LSDI2 is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund Regional grant called MOSASWA (Mozambique, South Africa and Eswatini).

For more information, kindly see the attachment or kindly contact directly Carrie Ferguson (carrie@lsdi2.org).

(please send us a short message outlining why you interested in applying for the job, including salary expectations)

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