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Two New Professorial Appointments, Keele Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology

Vector Biology & Insect Chemical Ecology

Closing Date  -   Dec 7th, 2016

These posts represents an exciting opportunity for individuals to continue to develop their world-leading research in a buoyant and expanding School of Life Sciences.  We are looking to appoint internationally recognised research-active Professors in Vector Biology and Insect Chemical Ecology.  Full job descriptions can be found here, and informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Dave Hoole, Head of School of Life Sciences, Tel: 01782 733673; Email: d.hoole@keele.ac.uk.

The webpages of the Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology (CAEP) are found here.

PostDoc, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Oeiras/Lisbon (LINK) Portugal

Closing date - Nov 30th 2016

The Inflammation laboratory (LINK) led by Miguel P. Soares (LINK) at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Oeiras/Lisbon (LINK) Portugal, is seeking a highly motivated scientist, at a post-doctoral level, to develop a research project in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (LINK). The position is open immediately for an estimated period of two years.
The research project will assess α-gal glycans as potential antigenic targets to be included in a malaria vaccine to be developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (LINK). The focus is on expanding the pre-clinical data on the effects of α-gal-specific antibodies (LINK1 & LINK2) in preventing Plasmodium infection and/or malaria transmission, using Bill & Melinda Gates foundation platform assays. The research project should guide the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation decision on future investment on α-gal glycans as a new transmission-blocking vaccine candidate. The project is to be carried through an ongoing collaboration with Prof. Henrique Silveira
at the “Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical” in Lisbon (LINK). Other critical relationships include the Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI). The selected candidate will have a strong and traceable track record in cellular immunology and/or glycobiology with previous experience in rodent models of Plasmodium infection and ideally including mosquito-based Plasmodium transmission. The selected candidate will have strong motivation towards the development of an ambitious translational project, be an independent thinker with
genuine willingness to work in an interactive environment. Generous salary and social security benefits package is available, depending on candidate´s previous experience and track record.

The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, where the project will be performed, is an international center for biomedical research and graduate training, owned by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (LINK) and located in Oeiras - costal outskirt in the larger Lisbon metropolitan area. The Instituto is dedicated exclusively to the
promotion of multidisciplinary science having as main assets excellence, originality, communication and cooperation. The institute strives on its state of the art core facilities and a tight interaction between different research groups developing their
scientific work in an environment that encourages interactions and explores synergies with minimal hierarchical structure. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world largest transparently operated private foundation, which primary aims are to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty globally, and expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.

Candidates should apply directly via Email to sofiarebelo@igc.gulbenkian.pt. Please provide: a) one page motivation letter, b) CV and c) 2-3 support letters.

PhD Graduate Student Position: "A genomic approach to detect, monitor and track the emergence of anthelmintic drug resistance in Human Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH)".

The University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM is seeking a graduate student for a project using genomics approaches to investigate drug resistance in human soil transmitted helminths. The project will apply a number of deep amplicon sequencing and genome-wide scanning approaches that we have developed for animal parasites and apply them to track the emergence of benzimidazole drug resistance in human soil transmitted helminths.

What are we looking for:  an individual with a background in molecular ecology and/or population genomics and bioinformatics skills (or a keen desire and aptitude to learn) with a strong interest in applying their skills to a major human health problem in the developing world. The balance of specific expertise will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The preferred candidate needs to be highly motivated, enthusiastic and good team player with excellent communication skills. The work will be predominantly laboratory based but will involve working with collaborators in endemic regions with the potential fro some field work for the appropriate candidate.

 The Project:  There are currently 1.5 billion people infected worldwide with soil-transmitted helminths; roundworms such as Ascaris, Trichuris and Hookworms. The World Health Organization is currently undertaking the largest mass drug administration (MDA) program in human history to control these important pathogens. This program is dependent on a single drug class (benzimidazoles such as albendazole and mebendazole) and there is now major concern about the emergence of drug resistance. This PhD project will undertake a number of genomic approaches to detect and monitor the emergence of drug resistance in communities undergoing mass drug administration programs in endemic regions (including Ethiopia, Tanzania and Brazil).

What we offer:  The graduate student will be co-supervised by Dr John Gilleard, Professor of Parasitology  (http://www.ucalgary.ca/jsgilleard/ ) and Dr Sam Yeaman, AIHS chair in Computational Biology (http://yeamanlab.weebly.com ) at the University of Calgary. They will be part of a large interdisciplinary research group focussed on the study of anthelmintic drug resistance in parasites. The graduate student will also be a member of the NSERC-CREATE Host-parasite Interactions (HPI) graduate program which offers outstanding opportunities to undertake professional development and community outreach activities (see http://www.ucalgary.ca/hpi/).

UCVM is a new and dynamic veterinary faculty in Western Canada that has a strong commitment to comparative medicine and One Health research. UCVM is co-located with the Cummings School of Medicine providing an  outstanding infrastructure and academic environment and fostering collaborative researchbetween human and animal health . Descriptions of the Faculty and its departments can be found on the UCVM website (www.vet.ucalgary.ca). Calgary is a vibrant, multicultural city with a population of just over a million people. It is located near the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park and Lake Louise, and offers an enormous opportunity for outdoor activities both in winter and summer.

The salary will be commensurate with the level of education and experience. For additional information and informal enquiries please contact Dr John Gilleard (jsgillea@ucalgary.ca). Interested individuals should submit a current curriculum vitae and an outline of research interests along with the names of three referees to:

Dr John Gilleard. email: jsgillea@ucalgary.ca  . Phone +1 (403) 210 6327.  Research Group website: http://www.ucalgary.ca/jsgilleard/

Review of applications will start ASAP and will be ongoing until a suitable candidate is identified.

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University of Alberta
Department of Biological Sciences

Assistant/Associate Professor in Parasitology

Closing Date  -   Nov 25, 2016

We invite applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Parasitology. We are interested in applications from excellent candidates who study any aspect of parasitology. Use of empirical and/or theoretical approaches in the field or the lab are all welcomed. The successful candidate must have a PhD and a proven record of leading-edge research, as well as demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching.

The Department of Biological Sciences (https://uofa.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences) is one of the largest in North America, with 65 faculty members and 250 graduate students. This concentration of biologists offers a collegial environment for collaboration among ecologists, mathematical biologists, organismal biologists, molecular biologists, physiologists, and evolutionary biologists. Exceptional infrastructure supported by both the Department and the Faculty of Science, includes field stations (e.g. Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre), plant growth facilities, museums, and access to service units in chemical instrumentation, molecular biology, plant/soil analysis, and microscopy. Members of Biological Sciences benefit from interdisciplinary connections with members of many other departments in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a vibrant, forward-looking Department through teaching in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes; building upon their expertise to develop an independent, original, externally funded research programme that includes the ability to recruit and supervise undergraduate and graduate students; and contributing to a collegial environment through service.

Applicants must hold a PhD in the biological sciences or a related field. Candidates with postdoctoral experience, as well as prior experience in teaching and mentorship, will be given hiring priority. The successful candidate will have a strong publication record demonstrating exceptional research expertise in parasitology and show the ability or potential to obtain external funding from different programmes or sources to develop a strong research programme. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach courses in parasitology at a diversity of levels.

Candidates should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research plans, a one-page statement of teaching interests, and reprints of their three most significant publications to parasitology@ualberta.ca. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the attention of the Chair to parasitology@ualberta.ca.

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Dr. Michael Caldwell, Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
CW405 Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2E9

The effective date of employment will be July 1, 2017.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

Interested applicants may apply to:

http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A106129985/

E-mail : parasitology@ualberta.ca

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.