Department of Vector Biology is recruiting a Research in Medecine Assistant to work towards development of new tools to halt the rapid spread of insecticide resistance in African mosquito populations.
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The Department of Vector Biology is recruiting a Research in Medecine Assistant to work on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, working towards the development of new tools to halt the rapid spread of insecticide resistance in African mosquito populations, an acute threat to malaria prevention. New malaria vector control tools are needed urgently but the current assays used to evaluate new vector control chemistries, and to assess the impact of insecticide resistance on the performance of these products, are very limited. This project is developing rapid, accurate cost-effective protocols to improve the screening process. As a Research in Medecine Assistant, you will work under the guidance of Prof Hilary Ranson and Prof Philip McCall, to provide technical assistance in the design, execution, analysis and interpretation of tests on mosquitoes under carefully controlled conditions, in collaboration with optical engineers at the University of Warwick. You will also prepare and maintain a number of distinct mosquito colonies simultaneously, providing high quality laboratory records of all activities on request.
To be successful, you must hold a BSc in Biological Science and MSc in Entomology or Public Health or closely-related topic and possess knowledge of health and safety regulations and legal requirements. Demonstrable experience of working with insecticide resistance bioassays and live biological material in the laboratory, is essential. Experience with video-tracking for behavioural research would be an advantage. With proven organisational, communication and time management skills, you must be able to achieve agreed research objectives independently, utilise your strong numeracy and IT skills as well as provide laboratory and insectary supervision to students and visitors.
Closing Date: 29th August 2018
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