Post-doctoral research associate

Job summary:

The incumbent will conduct laboratory research to (1) test existing and novel tick repellents and toxicants, (2) understand the physiological mechanisms underlying repellent detection in ticks, and (3) determine effects of environmental factors (biotic and abiotic) on tick responses to repellents and other behavior-modifying compounds.  Experimental approaches include tick repellency and toxicity bioassays and characterization of sensory responses to repellents at physiological and molecular levels in the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum).

For more information or to apply, please see the formal job posting on the University of Massachusetts website here:


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

The assignment will further involve field collection of ticks and evaluation of various tick control strategies.  A successful candidate is expected to be involved in design of experiments and work independently to achieve research goals, including data analysis and manuscript preparation. 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • A Ph.D. that was obtained within the last four years in entomology, chemical ecology, toxicology, molecular biology or related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Experience in insect/tick repellency and toxicity bioassays, physiological and molecular techniques for characterization of insect/tick sensory responses is required.
  • Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements must be met
  • Pre-employment fingerprint check with successful adjudication is required

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience in molecular detection of arthropod-borne pathogens is desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are also highly desired. 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Work location at USDA site in Beltsville, MD
  • Possible travel and field collection of ticks (working outdoors in wooded or grassy areas)
Job Type: 
Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
Company Name: 
University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology
United States