Senior Research Officer (Entomology)

Recruiter: Mosquito Research and Control Unit
Location: An Island near Jamaica and Miami
SalarySalary is paid on a monthly basis
Closes: 12 May 2019
Discipline: Earth, Environment & Energy, Gas, Life Sciences, Agriculture,Animal Health,Biostatistics, Botany/Plant Science, Cell Biology,Infectious Diseases, Stem Cell Research
Position Type: Fixed Term Contract
Hours: Full Time

 

The role of the SRO (Entomology) is critical in providing scientific support to the practical task of mosquito control. The post-holder manages the container breeding mosquito control programmes to minimise the threat from dengue, Zika, chikungunya and other arboviruses viruses circulating in the region. The post-holder is   responsible for conducting biological and chemical monitoring studies using standard laboratory techniques. The post-holder assists the Director and Assistant Director in the planning and implementation of mosquito control operations and research initiatives to ensure that populations of nuisance and disease-transmitting mosquitoes are kept to a minimal level. The post-holder provides technical and administrative supervision to various operational sections within the Department.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising a programme to control container-breeding mosquitoes and supervise all staff concerned with vector control activities against these mosquitoes.
  • Conducting routine monitoring for the presence of mosquito-borne diseases in the Cayman Islands using standard Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques and using standard gas chromatography techniques.
  • Analysing data and producing technical reports on insecticide susceptibility testing, mosquito-borne diseases and pesticides in the environment.
  • Assisting in the development of mapping techniques for mosquito breeding sites using aerial photography, GPS data and Government’s Geographic Information System.
  • Ensuring that adequate laboratory supplies and other items of scientific equipment are available to MRCU staff.
  • Qualifications, Experience & Skills:
    1. The post holder must have minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in one of the Biological Sciences or a related subject.  A postgraduate qualification in medical entomology or relevant subject area and/or equivalent postgraduate work experience is highly desirable.
    2. Experience in PCR analysis, GC laboratory techniques and insecticide susceptibility testing would be advantageous.  A high level of computer literacy is required and familiarity with GPS and GIS mapping techniques beneficial.
    3. Practical knowledge and experience in the safe handling and storage of pesticides would be useful.  In the absence of such knowledge, the post-holder must be willing to undertake appropriate training.
    4. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.

    Benefits will be determined in accordance with the Public Service Management Law and Regulations, the Public Service Pensions Law and the CINICO Health Plan as may be amended from time to time.

    Please submit an application form and resume to:

    Ligia.Whitaker2@gov.ky via email

    The job description and CIG application form are available at http://www.recruitment.gov.ky.

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