Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7142720 (Ref:15661-en_US)

Posted: April 29, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


We are seeking to hire a motivated individual for a post-doctoral associate position in the laboratory of Dr. Shelly Buffington in the Center for Precision Environmental Health (CPEH).  Dr. Buffington’s team recently discovered that diet-induced disruption of the maternal gut microbiome adversely affects brain and behavioral outcomes across multiple descendant generations (Di Gesù, Matz et al., Cell Rep 2022). The research program is focused on how maternal environmental exposures, from diet to infection, alter offspring neurodevelopmental outcomes and risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. 


The post-doctoral associate will be involved in research applying a broad range of techniques, from flow cytometry-based immune profiling, epigenetics, cell and molecular biology as well as biochemistry, to behavioral neuroscience. Research would include performing molecular and behavioral experiments, histology, and image acquisition and analysis. This position is ideal for an individual who has training in cell and molecular biology, microbiology and immunology, or epigenetics and will be responsible for data generation and analysis. The candidate will also contribute data to grant submissions, data presentation, and the preparation and publication of manuscripts. The position requires the individual to work with rodent animal models.

Job Duties

  • Plans, directs, and conducts research experiments in consultation with the principal investigator.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • Conducts literature searches and summarizes information in an appropriate format for a particular study.
  • Documents results of experiments and reports to principal investigator.
  • Defines problems and devises possible solutions to present to principal investigator.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, or other Biomedical Sciences.



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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