Research: The Tick Project is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind research program to design and test a tick-control strategy for preventing human cases of tick-borne disease. The study is conducted at the scale of entire residential neighborhoods within the Lyme-disease endemic zone of the northeastern United States. The study emphasizes principles of disease ecology in the context of disease prevention.

Job Description: Project Assistants are needed to study the effects of tick management interventions on the abundance and distribution of blacklegged ticks and risk of tick-borne disease in people. Location is the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York’s Hudson River Valley, with travel to sites throughout Dutchess County, New York. Duties include sampling, collecting, and identifying ticks from residential neighborhoods, live-trapping small mammals, along with gathering and entering data on tick encounters with local residents.

Qualifications: Meticulous attention to detail and experience in field ecology is required. Prior experience with tick sampling or handling small mammals is highly desirable. The ability to work in small teams and to withstand hot and humid field conditions is essential.

Employment: Employment to begin between April 13 and May 15, with an end date of approximately September 11, 2020 with the possibility of extension.

Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld and is full time, 35 hours/week. This is an hourly, non-exempt, non-benefited position. Wages are commensurate with education and experience. The final candidate will be required to complete a post-offer, pre-employment driving background check successfully. Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. On-site or nearby housing is available. Review of applications will begin January 6, 2020. Posting is open until April 1, 2020 or until filled.

To Apply: Please click the “Apply Now” button below. Under “Resume” on the application page, click the “Upload Resume” link to upload a single PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Please contact Patricia Jones (845-677-7600 x. 109) with any questions about applying.

The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.