Title:  Postdoctoral Associate- Epigenetics and Human Disease

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  Hiring up to $54,835
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  11407

Summary

The Waterland laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is a world leader in epigenetics. Our overarching goal is to provide evidence to individuals and policy makers to improve nutrition of pregnant women, infants, and children worldwide. Join our team! We have an immediate opening for a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher to investigate the phenotypic consequences of systemic interindividual epigenetic variation. 

Current funded projects include 1) screening for and characterizing systemic interindividual epigenetic variants (CoRSIVs, which we first identified) in African Americans, to investigate their role in obesity, and 2) identifying and characterizing systemic interindividual epigenetic variants (metastable epialleles) in inbred mice, including physiological studies to investigate their phenotypic consequences.

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 Duties

  • The fellow will take a leading role in the design, implementation, and analysis of experiments in humans and mouse models to improve our understanding of how epigenetic differences among individuals affect risk of disease. Our studies integrate computational analysis of genomic DNA methylation (whole-genome bisulfite sequencing and target-capture bisulfite sequencing) with wet-bench validation to confirm our analytical findings. This work is computationally intensive, and we have multiple data scientists/computer programmers in the lab, providing a great opportunity for someone with a background in biology, genetics, nutrition, etc., to obtain advanced training in bioinformatics/data science. This position could also provide an opportunity for individuals with training in computer science or data science to gain expertise in computational biology and bioinformatics.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MD or Ph.D. in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.
  • No experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

 

  • Recent PhDs with strong publications in a relevant discipline will be considered. Candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills – in English – and be capable of working within a team of biologists and programmers. Individuals already in the US are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • To apply, submit a single PDF containing your CV, statement of research interests, and names and contact information of three references to: Robert A. Waterland, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine; E-mail: waterland@bcm.edu .
     

 

 

Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.

 

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

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