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Iowa State University Post-doc position in mosquito genetics and mosquito-parasite interactions in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Post-doc position in mosquito genetics and mosquito-parasite interactions

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Smith Lab in the Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA) invites applications for a post-doc position in mosquito genetics and mosquito-parasite interactions.

The individual is expected to independently lead research efforts to examine the influence of mosquito immune cells on malaria parasite infection to better define immune cell functions in mosquito vector competence. Using cutting-edge methods in mosquito genetics, RNAi, and single-cell biology, candidates will engage in experiments to determine the components that mediate malaria parasite recognition and immune priming.

Ideal candidates will have a strong background in insect molecular biology, with preferred experience in insect physiology, innate immunity, and/or insect transgenesis.

The candidate is expected to work closely with a diverse team of scientists, as well as additional collaborators, to achieve the desired project aims. The candidate will also have freedom to develop related projects according to his/her/their research interests. Applicants are expected to engage in a growing parasitology community on campus and to assist in the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

The Smith Lab ( offers a highly collaborative research environment focused on the study of mosquito-borne disease, with the foundation of this project building from several recent publications/preprints from the laboratory:


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The Smith Lab ( offers a highly collaborative research environment focused on the study of mosquito-borne disease and builds on several recent publications/preprints from the laboratory:

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D in molecular biology, genetics, entomology or a closely related biological discipline. Individuals should have a track record of previous publication, and be fluent in English.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Demonstrated experience in molecular biology techniques.

-Experience with mosquitoes or other insect systems.

-Knowledge of insect physiology and innate immunity.

-Background in molecular cloning and insect transgenesis (TEs, CRISPR/Cas)

-Experience with insect immune cells (hemocytes).

-Experience with malaria parasites or other host-pathogen systems.

Proposed Start Date:July 1, 2024

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:June 30, 2025

Number of Months Employed Per Year:

Time Type:Full time

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.Why Choose ISU?Iowa State Postdocs enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:• Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans• Generous vacation, holiday, and sick time and leave plans• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa)• Flexible Spending Accounts• Various voluntary benefits and discounts• Employee Assistance Program• Wellbeing Program

Original Posting Date: April 18, 2024

Posting Close Date:August 1, 2024

Job Requisition Number:R14512

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