Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7116345 (Ref:13843-en_US)

Posted: November 18, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


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



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.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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Job posting number:#7116345 (Ref:13843-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
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