Postdoctoral Research Associate - Mosquito Behaviour and Insecticide-Treated Bednets


The Department of Vector Biology is recruiting a PDRA to join the team in developing entomological indicators to assess the public health impacts of next generation long-lasting insecticidal nets. 

LSTM is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases, with the primary aim of promoting improved health worldwide, particularly for the communities of the less developed resource-poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. 

The Department of Vector Biology at LSTM is an international leader in the study of insect disease vector biology, and at the forefront in developing novel strategies for vector control, particularly the management of insecticide resistance. With new funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are developing entomological indicators to assess the public health impacts of next generation long-lasting insecticidal nets. 

Within this project, we have an opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced vector biologist to join our research team where they will develop, evaluate and implement assays for entomological indicators that reliably quantify the detailed insecticidal impacts, and eventual epidemiological consequences, of various next-generation bednets. The work will be undertaken with co-investigators at Imperial College London, in Tanzania and Burkina Faso. 

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Biological Sciences, preferably in vector biology, with appropriate experience and a record of performance in their field. The post requires a good understanding of malaria vector biology and control, experience of working with live biological material in the field or in a research laboratory, experience in developing laboratory protocols and working to strict health and safety regulations/guidelines. Prior experience with insect behaviour would be advantageous. 

The successful candidate will join LSTM’s large, dynamic and diverse team pursuing practical solutions to the challenge of insecticide resistance, and their extensive international network of collaborators.  Though employed at LSTM, the project is field-based and you will spend lengthy periods in Tanzania, Burkina Faso and Benin. 

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to undergo a DBS and/or other international criminal record check prior to appointment and at regular points during employment. The outcome must be satisfactory to LSTM, as the duties of this post will involve direct and/or indirect contact with vulnerable adults and/or children. 

Closing Date: 3rd March 2019 

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