Postdoctoral Associate - Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7057712 (Ref.No. 310260MV)
Posted: June 13, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research (CMMR) in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at the Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to support the development of new techniques and protocols that will take advantage of versatile microfluidic systems. As a post-doctoral scientist in CMMR, you will work to develop novel microbial enrichment technologies with the goals of improving downstream biological analyses.

The successful candidate will have a scientific background in instrument design and/or development, fluidic and microfluidic systems, as well as wet-lab experience in the chemistry used in those instruments. In this position the post-doctoral scientist will work cross-functionally with engineering and other R&D Scientists in the development of these novel technologies. In addition to technical qualifications, the ideal candidate will be goal-oriented, inquisitive, collaborative, organized, and be able to thrive in an atmosphere of shifting demands and priorities.

  • Hands-on evaluation, testing and development of new cell separation technologies, bio-detection & molecular sample preparation technologies.
  • Execute studies with limited guidance or direction.
  • Maintain detailed experimental records and document results in technical reports in a laboratory notebook.
  • Establish prototype specifications for initial feasibility studies.
  • Work collaboratively and participate in group meetings
  • Analyze data using statistical tools such as Microsoft Excel
  • Analyze data and implement electronic controls and measurement subsystems using Matlab, LabView, or some other programming languages.
  • Perform physics simulations with software tools such as COMSOL or FlexPDE.
  • Perform prototype optimization experiments.
  • Prepare microbial cell cultures, colony counting, and preparing microbial cell culture media.
  • Prepare and purify DNA and RNA and perform real-time PCR assays and/or sample prep for DNA sequencing as required.
  • Perform basic microscopy and more advanced fluorescence imaging techniques.
  • Maintain and promote a safe working environment.
  • Enhance the CMMR's scientific knowledge by your own scientific background, connections and understanding of the scientific literature.
  • Understanding of and ability to persuade others of value of projects.
  • Participate and present data at internal technical meetings and prepare progress reports.
  • If asked, present at external scientific meetings.


  • Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, or related fields
  • Publication(s) in a peer reviewed journal
  • Research experience and/or demonstrated interest in host-microbial interactions
  • Experience in bioinformatics analysis 


  • Hands-on experience with fabricating microfluidic devices is preferred.
  • Knowledge and experiences with electrokinetic phenomena are preferred.

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.


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