Title:  Postdoctoral Associate

Division:  Obstetrics and Gynecology
Schedule:  Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  50,004
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  399

The laboratory of Dr. Kjersti Aagaard invites applications for a postdoctoral position in bioinformatics and biostatistics with a focus on microbiome science. An accomplished and highly motivated candidate with diverse skills is sought to fill this unique and exciting postdoctoral associate position at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Aagaard is an NIH funded Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Molecular and Human Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Dr. Aagaard has a strong history of leading and engaging in metagenomics and microbiome science, genomics and epigenomics translational research initiatives in perinatal medicine. She has additional funded research in congenital viruses, maternal nutrition and fetal programming, environmental exposures in pregnancy, and clinical research initiatives. Her laboratory team aims to meaningfully change the trajectory of disease during pregnancy and the newborn period through highly collaborative and high impact science.

Job Purpose

The candidate will participate in both programming to support data processing, coordination, and analysis with multiple sequencing platforms and in higher-level modeling and analysis projects aimed at understanding the complex interactions of the microbiome and its host. The candidate must have strong analytical and biostatistical skills, at least modest programming experience, and a record of accomplishment in high-throughput analysis of metagenomics, genomic, epigenomic, or gene expression data using high throughput sequencing platforms. Primary responsibilities include but not limited to analyzing next generation sequencing data (e.g., metagenomics, RNAseq, whole genome/ exome sequencing) using state-of-the-art bioinformatical and statistical tools, and developing new statistical methods to answer biological questions that arise in the research. The candidate will be working in a collaborative environment both within and outside the lab and Baylor College of Medicine.

Job Responsibilties
  • Plans, directs and conducts specialized and advanced research experiments.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • May establish new research protocols and procedures.
  • Summarizes research findings and publish results in research journals.
  • May be responsible for laboratory operations.
  • May supervise research staff.
Minimum Qualifications


  • Ph.D., MD, or equivalent degree in Genetics or Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Statistics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, or other disciplines with strong quantitative background and a demonstrated publication record.
  • Programming experience in creating non-trivial programs in a UNIX/Linux environment using programming languages such as Perl, Python, or Ruby. 
  • Excellent (written and verbal) communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with attention to detail.





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