Justin Remais, Professor

Open (1) Understanding environmental change and infectious diseases in developing countries

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before February 5th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning January 9th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 23rd at 8 AM.

The Remais Lab is currently seeking a URAP apprentice(s) to collaborate on a multiple global research projects on infectious disease and environmental change. More than 2 billion people in tropical and sub-tropical regions have limited access to safe water and improved sanitation, placing them at risk for contracting a variety of infectious pathogens, yet the social and environmental factors that mediate transmission of pathogens between people and the environment are poorly understood, particularly in the context of environmental change.

Undergraduate students are deeply integrated into our research group, contributing in a range of technical areas. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to meet and work with Prof Remais, along with postdocs, staff scientists and graduate students, and will have the opportunity to join lab meetings and share ideas on all facets of our global infectious disease research program.

URAP apprentice will leverage existing epidemiological and environmental datasets -- in addition to generating or acquiring additional social and environmental data -- to investigate the determinants of infectious disease transmission between individuals and the environment within study regions in northern Ecuador, China, Senegal and in California.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Philip Collender, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: A background in environmental science, computer science, mathematics, modeling, population biology, environmental engineering, or epidemiology are preferred, and/or a technical skillset including statistical or spatial analysis, GIS, math, programming in any language. Effective written and verbal communication are essential. Advanced qualifications of the candidate would be a plus, including experience with environmental modeling, familiarity with R, programming, experience with theoretical ecology, remote sensing, GIS or differential equations.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

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Open (2) Understanding how agrochemicals influence the transmission of global parasitic diseases

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before February 5th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning January 9th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 23rd at 8 AM.

The Remais Lab is currently seeking a URAP apprentice(s) interested in gaining primary research experience to collaborate on a recently funded NIH project investigating the effects of expanding agriculture on infectious disease transmission. The projects seeks to investigate the effects of agrochemicals on parasite transmission using a combination of field research and mathematical and statistical models. The student will work closely with existing research group members to characterize, quantitatively, the interaction between agrochemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers, their uses, applications, and the transmission of human schistosomes, as well as the ecology of their intermediate host snails and predators.

URAP apprentice will leverage existing epidemiological and environmental datasets -- in addition to generating or acquiring additional social and environmental data -- to investigate the determinants of parasite transmission in China and in the Senegal River Basin under changing agricultural conditions.

Undergraduate students are deeply integrated into our research group, contributing in a range of technical areas. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to meet and work with Prof Remais, along with postdocs, staff scientists and graduate students, and will have the opportunity to join lab meetings and share ideas on all facets of our global infectious disease research program.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Christopher Hoover, Graduate Student

Qualifications: A background in environmental science, computer science, mathematics, modeling, population biology, environmental engineering, agronomy, ecology, population biology, ecotoxicology or epidemiology are preferred, and/or a technical skillset including statistical or spatial analysis, GIS, math, programming in any language. Effective written and verbal communication are essential. Advanced qualifications of the candidate would be a plus, including experience with environmental modeling, familiarity with R, programming, experience with theoretical ecology, remote sensing, GIS or differential equations. Additional helpful skills include familiarity with citation management software such as EndNote as well as experience conducting literature reviews.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://sph.berkeley.edu/justin-remais
Related website: http://justinremais.weebly.com/