Research Associate (Molecular Entomology)

Clearance Level
Suitland, Maryland

REQ#: G2019-63923

The work performed within WRBU covers three core areas vector identification services, vector risk mapping services, and photographic illustration and website support services. Vector identification services will provide both morphological and molecular identification services as needed to support the needs of customers and research projects. Risk mapping services will take vector identification data along with GPS coordinates of collection sites to develop risk maps for customers and research partners. In addition, vector distribution information will be maintained through the sourcing of distribution data from the published literature for use risk and distribution map development. Photographic and website support services will produce products (high resolution magnified vector photographs and website layout design) that support the development of morphological keys and public relations.


This position supports RDT&E activities for the development of vector identification tools for use by the warfighter. Specific emphasis is on the development of molecular identification assays that allow non-scientist soldiers to obtain quick identifications in austere environments. The goal is to enable the production of near real time field identifications that will then support more accurate and timely production of vectorborne disease risk assessments. Expected results are the development of unique DNA barcodes for disease vectors, accession of DNA barcodes to the BOLD (Barcode of Life) database. Additionally, required are the production of MAGPIX identification assays based on DNA barcodes, the development of apps based on previously developed Lucid vector identification keys, and the elucidation of cryptic species for research partners. Expected results that support O&M activities are to, upon request, provide identification services for DoD partners and WRBU research partners utilizing both morphological and DNA barcoding techniques. 


Specific tasks include:


  • Plan and resource identification services related to the identification of militarily relevant arthropod vectors.
  • Develop, validate and implement molecular assays for the detection and identification of cryptic species utilizing DNA sequencing techniques to build identification assays using multiple platforms.
  • Develop standard operating procedures to formalize testing procedures using these assays so that multiple testing entities may produce comparable data suitable for use in surveillance programs.
  • Develop, validate and utilize traditional taxonomic keys to identify vector species.
  • Provide vector identification support services for DoD costumers and research collaborators upon request.



MS in a biological science and knowledge conducting peer reviewed research is highly preferred


5+ years experience


Familiarity with PCR, Real-time PCR, DNA sequencing and assay development.


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