Postdoc using kinship data to characterize mosquito movement patterns, life history & population size

The Marshall Lab at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health is seeking to hire a postdoctoral scholar to work on an exciting project to quantify mosquito movement patterns, life history and population size based on kinship data. The position is initially for one year, with the possibility of extension. Start date is flexible. Salary is commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.

The position is funded by an NIH grant to develop close-kin mark-recapture (CKMR) methods to estimate movement and demographic parameters of Aedes aegypti, a major vector of dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses throughout much of the world. Alongside this, we are exploring the suitability of CKMR methods for Anopheles malaria vectors in sub-Saharan Africa. To learn more about the project, please see our pre-print here:

The successful candidate will work with our network of collaborators at the Mosquito Genomics Unit, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (Australia), the Environmental Health Institute, National Environment Agency (Singapore), and the Ifakara Health Institute (Tanzania). There will also be opportunities to contribute to our other collaborative projects with a consortium of mathematical modelers, molecular biologists, ecologists and epidemiologists, mostly throughout the University of California system.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong background in applied mathematics, statistics and/or computer science
  • Experience with population genetics, genomics or ecological/epidemiological modeling
  • An interest in mosquitoes and/or mosquito-borne diseases
  • An interest in mentoring students and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in research

If you are interested in the position, please send: i) your CV, including a list of publications, ii) PDFs of your two most significant publications/manuscripts to date, iii) the names and email addresses of three potential referees, and iv) a cover letter describing your research interests and motivations for joining our lab to John Marshall at Inquiries are also welcome. Additional information about the research in our lab can be found at The position will remain open until filled.

UC Berkeley has large and vibrant public health, ecology and computational biology communities spanning the School of Public Health, the Department of Integrative Biology, the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, the Center for Computational Biology, the Innovative Genomics Institute, and more. UC Berkeley offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits and is an equal opportunity employer. The City of Berkeley and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area is known for its progressive values, vibrant social and cultural scene, and beautiful surrounding environment.

University of California, Berkeley
United States
Closing date
January 16th, 2023
Posted on
October 6th, 2022 05:45
Last updated
October 6th, 2022 05:45