Editor, Trends in Parasitology
Cell Press seeks to appoint an Editor for Trends in Parasitology to be based in its Cambridge, MA, United States office.
As the Editor of a leading international parasitology reviews journal, you will be responsible for the strategic development, content management, and editorial direction of the journal. You will be acquiring, managing and developing the very best editorial content, making use of a network of contacts in academia and information gathered at international conferences to ensure that Trends in Parasitology maintains its market-leading position.
This is an ideal opportunity to stay close to the cutting edge of scientific developments in the field while developing a new career away from the bench. You will collaborate with your Cell Press colleagues to maximize quality and efficiency of content commissioning and participate in exciting new non-journal-based initiatives. You will work in the context of a highly dynamic and collaborative publishing group, which includes the 14 Trends review journal titles and 13 Cell Press primary research titles.
The successful candidate will have a PhD and preferably postdoctoral training with expertise in any of the diverse parasitology disciplines that the journal publishes, from molecular parasitology to parasite ecology and epidemiology. Good interpersonal skills are essential because the role involves networking in the wider scientific community as well as collaborations with other parts of the business. For this position, previous publishing experience is not necessary - we will make sure you get the training and development you need.
Please submit a CV and cover letter describing your qualifications, research interests, and reasons for pursuing a career in publishing. No phone inquiries, please.
We are looking to fill the position at the earliest possible and applications will be considered on an ongoing basis through July 16th. Click here to apply: https://reedelsevier.taleo.net/careersection/51/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=SCI001NC
Tsaobis Baboon Project – Volunteer Field Assistants
The Tsaobis Baboon Project is a long-term study of desert baboons in Namibia. Based at the Institute of Zoology (the research arm of the Zoological Society of London), and affiliated with the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (Namibia), our aim is to carry out fundamental research in behavioural ecology and population ecology, and to inform conservation policy and practice for social species.
We are seeking to appoint six volunteer fieldworkers for the 2014-2015 field season, between late October 2014 and early August 2015. A range of 3-month and 6-month volunteer positions are available over this period. The fieldwork will primarily involve daily follows of baboon troops on foot, collecting data on the behaviour of individually recognisable animals, together with monthly insect/vegetation surveys and wider ecological monitoring related to the baboons' environment. The main research focus will be on climate, behaviour, and baboon host-parasite dynamics.
Further information about the Tsaobis Baboon Project, the volunteer fieldworker positions, and the application procedure can be found on the Project’s webpages:
The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 16th June 2014
Interviews will be held at the Institute of Zoology between Monday 30th June and Wednesday 2nd July 2014. Telephone/Skype interviews will be possible for overseas applicants.
Increasing the selectivity and potency of a novel anthelmintic chemical entity
Schistosomiasis, caused by parasitic worms, is presently controlled by a single, sub-optimal chemotherapy, praziquantel (PZQ). With global mass drug administration (MDA) programmes distributing PZQ at an all time high, there are increased risks associated with PZQ failures and of development and spread of parasites tolerant or resistant to the only available anti-schistosomal chemotherapy. This represents a perilous situation in light of the World Health Organisation’s recently published goal of schistosomiasis elimination from selected countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. We, therefore, aim to develop a combination or replacement chemotherapy, based on proprietary hit molecules, to improve treatment options for this neglected tropical disease causing the deaths of ~300,000 people per annum.
We propose a PhD project that progresses novel anthelmintics down the early-stage drug discovery pipeline. Our previous collaborative work with a Welsh-based company (Phytoquest Ltd.) has identified a preliminary ‘hit series’ of structurally defined, natural product analogues with diverse activity against human parasitic worms. Using these pre-existing data, we now will develop a cross-Wales interdisciplinary program that applies medicinal chemistry, computational biology and automated high content/high-throughput whole organism screens to schistosome blood flukes (causative agent of human and animal schistosomiasis).
To achieve this objective - identifying a selectively potent, anti-schistosomal compound with activity against both larvae and adult schistosome forms within three years - we will utilize an innovative screening approach in our drug discovery project. This approach is underpinned by our interdisciplinary expertise in medicinal chemistry, novel chemical entity synthesis, high-throughput in vitro whole organism assays, helminth biology and computational biology. As there are very few academic groups possessing the same collection of skills, our collaborative team is competitively positioned to competently train a PhD student proficient in these arts.
We are seeking a student with a 1st/upper 2.1 and/or a MPhil in a subject allied to drug discovery (e.g. chemical/pharmaceutical sciences or relevant biological sciences). Due to funding restrictions, we can only accept applications from UK/European students. Enthusiasm/aptitude for an interdisciplinary drug discovery project between two academic centres is an essential criterion.
Supervisory team and funding
The supervisory team bring a synergistic set of skills to this project, which includes whole organism phenotyping, helminth biology and medicinal chemistry. They have recently collaborated in securing National Research Network (http://www.lsrnw.ac.uk/) funding to support the student in this interdisciplinary anthelmintic project. Additional funding is provided by both host Institutions and fully covers student fees, annual stipend and project running costs. To promote student development, the team provide weekly laboratory meetings, seminar series, support through post-graduate and post-doctoral scientists, exposure at national and international scientific meetings and access to cutting edge laboratory facilities.
Professor Karl Hoffmann – Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Andrew Westwell – School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University (westwellA@cf.ac.uk)
Application Deadline: Monday 30th June 2014. Please contact Prof Hoffmann for further enquiries.