Title:  Postdoctoral Associate - Epigenetics

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range: 
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  332


The Waterland laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is making a difference by documenting, at the molecular level, the long-term adverse consequences of poor nutrition during development. Our overarching goal is to provide evidence to individuals and policy makers to improve nutrition of pregnant women, infants, and children worldwide. The lab is currently recruiting for a NIH-funded Postdoctoral Associate for highly motivated individuals interested in genomic and epigenomic data science. 

The Postdoctoral Associate will lead the design and implementation of data analysis projects aimed at understanding how epigenetic development affects risk of disease. Specifically, projects focus on the role of epigenetic dysregulation in cancer and obesity in humans, and mouse models of developmental epigenetics in the brain, related to energy balance and obesity. We are world leaders in understanding how DNA sequence encodes stochastic epigenetic variation (metastable epialleles).

For examples see our recent papers in Genome Biology https://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-019-1708-1 and Nature Communications https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-13339-3. All projects involve innovative analytical approaches to high-volume genomic, epigenomic, and gene expression data (next-generation sequencing – Bisulfite-seq, RNA-seq, etc.).


For more information see https://www.bcm.edu/research/labs-and-centers/faculty-labs/robert-waterland-lab.


We are dedicated to advancing the careers of our trainees, and offer a competitive salary and stimulating work environment with opportunities for advancement. BCM is in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center and a vibrant and collaborative research environment. Houston is a large, culturally diverse and thriving metropolis with a relatively low cost of living.

Job Responsibilties

  • Work independently and take a leading role in data analysis, interpretation, and visualization, and drafting of manuscripts for publication.
  • Lead the design and implementation of data analysis projects aimed at understanding how epigenetic development affects risk of disease.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in computer science, bioinformatics, computational biology, and related fields 
  • Experience with epigenomics, genetics, cell biology, neuroscience, developmental biology, computer science, and nutrition
  • Strong publications in a relevant discipline

Preferred Qualifications

  • Programming experience using languages such as Python, R, and/or Perl.
  • Experience in high-throughput analysis of next-generation sequencing data, programming experience in a UNIX/Linux environment, training in statistics, and familiarity with cluster computing and widely-used genomic databases and software are advantageous.
  • Some familiarity with genetics and genomics.






Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.