Programme Manager, Vector Biologist

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - Department of Vector Biology

Full Time, Fixed term until 31 December 2019

On a new project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we have a vacancy for a vector biologist to join a diverse research team developing and validating new protocols for characterising the effects of insecticides and other products on mosquito behaviour, reproduction and survival. The project will use novel state-of-the-art video tracking methods for exploring and quantifying mosquito behaviour in combination with other novel and existing procedures, with the aim of developing better methods to record the impacts of exposure to active ingredients.

The role will be based at the vector biology department at LSTM, within a growing team investigating mosquito behaviour in collaboration with various partners, including optical engineers at the University of Warwick. The work of this behaviour group will be strengthened further with the opening of purpose-built facilities in the new Life Sciences Accelerator building (available from mid-2017) located in Liverpool’s growing ‘Knowledge Quarter.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Biological Sciences, with experience in mosquito vector ecology and behaviour. The post requires candidates to have proven experience of developing laboratory and bioassay testing methods, preferably with mosquitoes or another vector insect. The role will also provide candidates the unique opportunity to have overall day to day management responsibility for the project, including managing budgets, and drafting reports to funders. It is essential therefore that candidates have relevant experience of working within, and ideally managing, a research team.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for contributing to a large, multi-discipline programme and commitment towards the goal of improving vector control and human health in disease endemic, low income countries. We are expecting candidates to be adaptable and able to work under different or challenging conditions. It is essential that the successful candidate has well developed communication skills and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.

LSTM actively promotes an Equal Opportunities Policy 

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