Title:  Postdoctoral Associate

Division:  Neuroscience
Schedule:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  Commensurate with PGY level
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  2834
Job Purpose

The Jankowsky lab seeks a postdoctoral fellow to elucidate how a lysosomal gene associated with cognitive resilience affects synaptic properties.  We have created an allelic series of mice to study how changes in expression of the native gene or its protective variant influence synaptic density, structure, and plasticity, and how these properties are linked with lysosomal trafficking and function.   We seek a motivated candidate who is intellectually and experimentally flexible enough to define new avenues for investigation, apply new tools and techniques as needed, and drive this project independently while still working as part of a larger team.  Researchers will join an active laboratory combining mouse genetic engineering, viral circuit manipulation, hippocampal slice electrophysiology, and basic biochemistry to elucidate the complex interaction between genetics, aging, and cognitive health.   

For more information about the lab and our research, please visit https://www.bcm.edu/research/labs/joanna-jankowsky



Job Duties

•    Designs and conducts research experiments.
•    Selects and determines appropriate research procedures.
•    Collects, compiles and analyzes data.
•    Conducts literature searches and summarizes information in an appropriate format for a particular study.
•    Documents and interprets results of experiments and reports to principal investigators.
•    Prepares experimental results for publication and oral presentation

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Ph.D in neuroscience or a related discipline.

Experience: None required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong background in fluorescence imaging and basic biochemistry.
  • Highly self-motivated with outstanding experimental skills.
  • Able to think independently but also work well in a team.
  • Expertise with neuronal morphological analysis, primary neuronal culture, and synapse biology is desired.     
  • Experience with genetically engineered mouse models preferred but not required.

The laboratory is located at the main Baylor College of Medicine campus which enjoys a vibrant and collegial scientific environment.  BCM itself is located in Houston's Texas Medical Center, a 1,000-acre complex of over 50 independent institutions within easy access. Houston is the fourth largest city in the US and is home to a diverse international population.  The city offers great restaurants, a warm climate, and affordable housing.

Additional Information:  
The appointment is for an initial term of one year, with the expectation of continued support pending successful progress.  The position comes with competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience.  The start date is flexible, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.






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