Job Posting

Research Opportunity for Undergraduate Student in Vector Biology/Arbovirology

Veterinary Pathobiology

Position Information

Duties

A position is immediately available for an enthusiastic student candidate who is interested in working with mosquitoes and mosquito-borne viruses in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Franz, Dept. of Veterinary Pathobiology at the University of Missouri (vpbio.missouri.edu).
The overall research theme focuses on the characterization of arboviruses-mosquito interactions with the goal to develop novel mosquito/arbovirus control strategies.
Our research team uses a wide range of laboratory techniques including molecular cloning, tissue culture, fluorescent microscopy, virus infection and detection assays, gene silencing, manipulation of viral genomes, transgenic mosquito technology, and mosquito genomics.
We offer training in cutting-edge biological techniques that can pave the way for further career development in the fields of vector biology/vector-borne infectious disease research.
In the beginning, laboratory duties would encompass mosquito colony maintenance, tissue culture, DNA, RNA preps, preparing buffers, media, sample preparations, mosquito virus infection and detection assays.

Required Skills

We are seeking a student who is highly motivated and shows genuine interest in the above mentioned research field. The candidate has to be willing to work with mosquitoes and human pathogenic viruses. The candidate needs to be reliable and self-motivated with the ability to acquire novel skill sets. Previous work experience in a biology laboratory would be beneficial.

Preferred Qualifications

We are seeking a student who is highly motivated and shows genuine interest in the above mentioned research field. The candidate has to be willing to work with mosquitoes and human pathogenic viruses. The candidate needs to be reliable and self-motivated with the ability to acquire novel skill sets. Previous work experience in a biology laboratory would be beneficial.

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