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CLOSED: Job: Head Scientist in Mosquito Ecology and Genetics

July 22, 2016 - 10:31 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Employer: Polo d'Innovazione Genomica Genetica e Biologia SCaRL

Location: Perugia, Italy
Expires: September 30, 2016
Job type: Postdoctoral
Salary: $40,000 - $50,000
Qualifications: Postgraduate - Doctorate/PhD
Employment type: fixed-term contract available for up to 2 years
Job hours: Full-time

POLO Genetics Genomics and Biology Perugia
Research fellow and research assistant positions available to work at the “Target Malaria Project” sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
POLOGGB is one of the partners of Target Malaria, a research and development project supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Over the last few years the project has developed and validated CRISP/Cas9 gene drive technology for the control of the human malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. This technology offers the possibility of transmitting a genetic modification a in super-Mendelian fashion from one generation to the next, giving them the capacity to invade and thus modify entire wild popula-tions of insects. We encourage applications from population biologists and geneticists to lead a project aimed at evaluating the phenotype and the scalability of mosquito gene drive technology under con-fined release conditions. The work will be carried in the BSL3 release indoor facilities of POLO GGB at Pe-rugia and Terni that have been designed to study gene drive dynamics in large populations under condi-tions that to reproduce large-scale tropical environments.
The work will carried out in collaboration with laboratory of Crisanti Lab at Imperial College London. The project provides an opportunity to work on a range of disciplines that can be matched to suit the exper-tise and interest of suitable candidates: including but not limited to insect biology, gene drive develop-ment, field work to address questions of population genetics, genomics-based questions on the evolu-tion of gene drive and resistance to it, and applications and testing of the technology under confined release conditions.
Candidates for the research fellow positions must have a PhD (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or a related scientific discipline to match your expertise and interests. We are interested in recruiting candi-date with experience in entomology, ecology, genetics with an interest in molecular Working experience with insects is preferred but not required. Experience in training undergraduate and Master’s students are highly desirable. You must have experience of working and leading a small team, be able to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication.
Candidates for the research assistant positions must have a Bachelors (or equivalent) in Biological Sci-ences and experience in performing technical laboratory work. Ideally the candidate would have experi-ence in the maintenance and culturing of insects, or other animals, but this is not required. Experience in some molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR etc is also preferred. Working with live animals will require flexibility on joining the maintenance rotations on weekends. You must be a good team-player, be interested in the science you do and contribute data in a manner that can be used for publication.
These positions are full-time, fixed-term position available for up to 2 years, with the possibility of ex-tension subject to the availability of funding.
For more information, please contact, or supplying your CV and cover letter identifying which of the above position would be most suitable for you and contacts for your referees.

Closing date for applications: 30/09/2016