Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7210293 (Ref:18333-en_US)

Posted: January 25, 2024

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 postdoctoral associate will be involved in research applying a broad range of techniques, from molecular and behavioral neuroscience to analysis and integration of multi-OMIC datasets, including metagenomics, metabolomics, and epigenomics anchored by transcriptomics. Research would include performing molecular experiments (e.g., ELISAs, Western blots, immunohistochemistry), rodent stereotaxic surgery, rodent behavior (e.g., anxiety-like and social behavior, quantitative assessment of rodent ultrasonic vocalization, etc.), and anaerobic microbiology. This position is ideal for an individual who has training in neuroscience and experience in working with gnotobiotic mice. Personnel 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, Neuroscience, or other Biomedical Sciences.



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:#7210293 (Ref:18333-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
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