Entomology Field Assistant

Job Title: Entomology Field Assistant

Organization: Indian Institute of Public Health Shillong & NLHMB

Location: Meghalaya

Specific location: Shillong

Closing date of applications: 11/10/18

Email for receiving applications: iiph.shillong.ner@gmail.com

Job Description: 

Understanding malaria transmission in Meghalaya

The Center for the Study of Complex Malaria in India 2.0

This project will carry out entomological and molecular studies in Meghalaya to characterize malaria vectors at two study sites. The goal is to identify which vector species are present (using molecular and morphological methods), whether they are resistant to insecticides and to characterize the spatial and temporal nature of biting behavior. The gathered data will assist in understanding malaria transmission in the presence of a bednet campaign and help to inform future strategies to improve malaria control in Meghalaya. The study is part of the Center for the Study of Complex Malaria in India (CSCMi), a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded project operated by primary research institute New York University in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Public Health in Shillong and the National Lutheran Health & Medical Board, India.

Position: Entomology Field Assistant

Key Deliverables:

Functional requirements

  • Assist a field team to collect and morphologically identify mosquitoes from field sites in Meghalaya on a regular basis (ii) Co-ordinate with health workers and village leaders (iii) responsible for field safety and quality standards in the field, laboratory and for all related equipment (iv) responsible for proper labelling, storage and maintenance of the mosquito samples collected (v) assist the team in preparing deliverables for funding agency and primary research institute as and when required. Other: (i) Any other project or institution related activities may be assigned from time to time by the principal investigator or immediate supervisor (ii) The above-mentioned activities would require travel and medium-term stay in the study sites.

Liaison Requirement

(i) Liaison with vendors and dealers for maintenance of field equipment and purchase if required (ii) Liaison with entomology personnel working in state and district level offices/labs

Operational requirements

(i) Prepare field plans and budget for data collection (ii) Field collection of adult and larval mosquitoes and recording of all associated data (iii) Maintain the quality standards in laboratory for all equipment, including disposal of laboratory waste a per relevant regulatory frameworks (iv) Ensure proper processing, labelling, storage, and maintenance/organization of the mosquito samples collected (v) Assist in laboratory activities as and when required.

Data/Documentation:

  1. Maintain detailed log of field and lab work and provide weekly reports.
  2. Maintain and update SOPs for field (and some lab) procedures

Report Writing/Updates

Provide regular updates to immediate supervisor and assist in report writing if required

Qualifications:

General requirements

Qualification: minimum 10+2 with an interest in field work & Science /B.Sc. Zoology

Language requirements

Fluency in English and knowledge of local language (Khasi/Jaintia/Garo)

Additional skills

Good writing and communication skills are required. Proficiency in relevant computer applications particularly Excel, word, power point is desirable.

Others: In addition to the listed preferred qualifications and prior experiences, it is essential that the individual who fills this position is team oriented and able to acclimate to the existing, collaborative work environment at the CSCMI. 

Interested candidates can submit their CVs with a cover letter to iiph.shillong.ner@gmail.com

Applications received for this job position/s may be considered for other suitable available positions at CSCMI/IIPH. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Selection and short-listing of the candidates will solely be done at the discretion of CSCMI/IIPH.

We reserve the right for selection criteria and procedures. Candidate(s) will be free to accept/reject such employment offer as per his/her discretion. 

Others: In addition to the listed preferred qualifications and prior experiences, it is essential that the individual who fills this position is team oriented and able to acclimate to the existing, collaborative

Work environment at CSCMI. 

Interested candidates can submit their CVs with a cover letter to iiph.shillong.ner@gmail.com

Applications received for this job position/s may be considered for other suitable available positions at CSCMI/IIPH. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Selection and short-listing of the candidates will solely be done at the discretion of CSCMI/IIPH; we reserve the right for selection criteria and procedures. Candidate(s) will be free to accept/reject such employment offer as per his/her discretion.

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