Cornell University, Entomology/CALS

3108 17354
Position ID:Cornell-Entomology/CALS-MALARIAPOSTDOC [#17354]
Position Title: Malaria Postdoc Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Biology
Appl Deadline:2021/01/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/10/27, listed until 2021/01/15)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Entomology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ithaca, NY

College Description: 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.  CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.


A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Courtney Murdock at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to study how different environmental drivers impact host-pathogen interactions and transmission in the Asian malaria mosquito (Anopheles stephensi) – human malaria (Plasmodium falciparum) system.

 The research project, funded by NIH (R01 AI153444-01), will utilize data generated from experiments that define key relationships between temperature, relative humidity, and transmission, along with climate data collected in the field, to build mechanistic models of temporal and spatial variation in urban malaria. Accurately predicting transmission of mosquito-borne diseases in urban environments is challenging due to limited quantitative knowledge on the interacting effects of humidity and temperature on transmission, as well as pronounced spatial variation in human exposure to mosquitoes and mosquito relevant microclimates in cities. Major outcomes will include an improved conceptual framework for the environmental epidemiology of urban malaria based on mosquito biology and new modeling approaches that apply this knowledge to make predictions.

Job Description/Position Function:

Establishing an in vitro culture of human malaria (NF54 Plasmodium falciparum (10%)

The postdoctoral research will be expected to establish and maintain a steady production of human malaria parasites (gametocytes) to support mosquito infection experiments outlined in the funded research program.

Data collection, analysis and interpretation (55%)

The postdoctoral researcher will design, execute and interpret all experiments related to the project in collaboration with the lab PI and other lab members.

Writing of scientific papers (10%)

The postdoctoral researcher is responsible to write the manuscripts for publication associated to the current project. In addition, the postdoc will contribute to writing of grants, publications and fellowships.

 Communication (5%)

The postdoctoral researcher will present results at scientific conferences. The postdoc will also actively seek collaborations and new ideas by attending talks and reading literature. The postdoc will help generate material for the lab website and for a lab-based blog about scientific discoveries. The postdoc will be responsible for writing protocols for the laboratory procedures used in this project.

 Supervision (5%)

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in the overseeing and management of general lab operations, help train graduate and undergraduate students and assist graduate students, other postdocs, or other staff when necessary.

 Laboratory management (5%)

As every member of the laboratory, the postdoctoral researcher will be involved in common tasks that includes maintaining a clean and organized laboratory, maintaining equipment and computers in the lab, placing eshop orders for equipment and supplies, adhering to chemical safety procedures as well as disposal of waste and hazardous material and ensure that all protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements as mandated by the Cornell Office of Occupational & Environmental Health and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

 Personal and professional development (10%)

The postdoctoral researcher will seek out and attend educational seminars and training workshops relevant to the research, attend weekly lab meetings and continuously maintain all required educational and position qualifications to fulfill job requirements. 

 Term of position:

This is a full-time position and will be located in (Ithaca, New York). This is a (one-year) appointment with possible extension depending on available work, funding and performance.  Expected start date for this position is May 3, 2021.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in immunology/microbiology/host-microbe interactions or a related biological discipline by February 1, 2021 and be self-motivated, and have excellent communication (verbal and written English) and organizational skills. Solid molecular biology and cell culture skills, experience working with parasites in vertebrate hosts and / or mosquitoes, and a strong proficiency in statistics and data analysis is preferred. Comprehensive knowledge of or interest in learning how ecological and evolutionary concepts and theory apply to infectious disease is highly desired. Applicants should also have a strong interest and experience in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. 

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Supervision exercised:  none

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, research statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected or deadline for applications is 1/15/2021.  If you have questions about this position, please email

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Life. Changing.

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
2126 Comstock Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

© 2021 AcademicJobsOnline.Org. All Rights Reserved.