An interdisciplinary team at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station (Monterey, CA) is looking for a motivated PROJECT MANAGER for a 1 year staff appointment, renewable for up to 2.5 years total.

The project goal: to study ecological solutions for a human parasitic disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project Details: Schistosomiasis is a debilitating parasitic infection with more than 220 million people affected in the developing world, especially where dams and water projects have greatly expanded freshwater habitat for snails, the parasite’s intermediate hosts. Traditional interventions for the control of this disease have relied on repeated drug treatments, which invariably end up in reinfection, as parasite reservoirs remain undisturbed in the aquatic environment. Controlling snail populations offers a logical means towards eliminating the disease, but few environmentally-safe and
effective snail control options exist. Our project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada Foundation, and NSF investigates the viability and cost-effectiveness of a novel biological control approach to reduce or eliminate human schistosomiasis, based on the reintroduction of native crustacean predators (prawns) of snails in small aquaculture facilities.  This method might offer a win-win solution by a) amplifying the positive effect of traditional drug
treatments, b) possibly eradicating the disease from some areas, and c) offering a source of protein and marketable goods for local villages.

Duties: The PROJECT MANAGER will be based in Monterey, CA and will be responsible to work closely with the PI’s to coordinate all aspects of the project and act as liaison among the USA and Senegal components of the research.  Extended travel to Senegal (>1-2 months per trip), West Africa will be required up to 2-3 times per year.  Work in Monterey and Senegal may include: database management, communications, fieldwork, lab management, report writing, assisting with
publications, student supervision, administration, and logistics.

Required Qualifications:
-Research experience in a relevant discipline such as human ecology, geography, social science, biology, aquatic ecology, epidemiology, international development, and/or public health
-Fluent (written and oral) in English AND French
-Experience working and living in developing countries (e.g. peace corps, international research, international travel)
-Advanced degree preferred (MA, MS, MPH, PhD, or similar)
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-Excellent organizational skills
-Ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse team of scientists and partners
-Ability, enthusiasm and experience working with diverse stakeholders including international partners, NGO staff, funders, students, and scientists

Desired Qualifications:
-Experience and/or understanding of issues related to international development, global public health
-Some quantitative analysis skills would be an asset, including multivariate models, generalized linear models, spatial modeling, and knowledge of current statistical software programs (e.g. R, SAS, STATA, Jump, SPSS or similar)
-Experience with spatial analyses and GIS
-Knowledge of disease ecology and/or parasitology (schistosomiasis)

Compensation: Salary of ~$40,000 plus benefits

Individuals interested in applying for this position should contact Dr. Susanne Sokolow (ssokolow@stanford.edu) and Dr. Giulio De Leo (deleo@stanford.edu).  Please send application materials to Isabel Jones at (isabeljjones@gmail.com), including: 1) a cover letter explaining your long-term career/research goals and why you are the right person for this
position, 2) a copy of your current CV (resume), 3) names, addresses, and e-mail contacts for three references.  Evaluation of applications will begin on March 15, 2015.

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