Title:  Postdoctoral Associate

Division:  Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  Hiring up to $54,840
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  13843


The Laboratory of Dr. Buck Samuel within the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX is seeking to fill a NASA Grant-funded Postdoctoral Researcher position on host-microbiome interactions.


APPLICATION MATERIALS: a cover letter (1-2 pages) detailing reasons for interest in the position that highlights relevant experience and interests; CV; and contact info for 3+ references.

Job Duties

  • Studies the impact of the gut microbiome on the integrative physiology of genetically diverse invertebrates:
    • This work pioneers the use of genetically diverse hosts, newly built microbiomes, and innovative phenotyping tools that should break new ground in understanding host-microbiome interactions in space-flight.
    • A rich repository of transcriptomic/sequencing data of microbiomes, invertebrates; tissue-level data of gut/muscle/nerve; and whole-animal functional imagery data will be available to the scientific community to generate new hypotheses on individual specific microbiome-driven response in space-flight.
    • This flight project lays the ground work for studying the importance of the microbiome on the Moon enabling U.S. to lead in deep space exploration. Collaborators/PIs: Monica Driscoll (Rutgers), Nate Szewczyk (Ohio University), and Siva Vanapalli (Texas Tech). Successful candidates will participate in development of innovative approaches to identification of these host genetic networks and employ a broad range of molecular and systems-level techniques across disciplines.
    • They will also join a dynamic group of microbial ecologists, microbiologists, virologists and immunologists within the Center as well as engage with collaborators at NASA, Texas Tech, Rutgers and the University of Ohio.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in molecular biology, genetics, bioengineering, systems biology or related field.
  • Clear and effective communication skills.
  • Scientific creativity, rigor, and independence in research.
  • Research experience and/or demonstrated interest in host-microbial interactions.
  • Experience with a genetic system (C. elegans, E. coli, yeast, drosophila, zebrafish, etc.).
  • Experience with analysis of quantitative datasets generated by high-throughput sequencing, systems biology and/or bioinformatic/quantitative skills



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