Postdoc in host-microbiome interactions

The Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at the Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a highly-motivated and creative postdoctoral research scientist to examine mechanisms of microbiome influence on host physiology and development. Research will leverage the robust genetic and cell-biology toolbox of the high-thoughput amenable invertebrate host C. elegans to examine impact of a model core microbiome on host physiology and metabolism. Successful candidates will employ a broad range of molecular and systems-level techniques across disciplines (from genetics/genomics to microbiology to organismal biology), and will join a dynamic group of microbial ecologists, microbiologists, virologists and immunologists within the Center.

Minimum Education: Advanced degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in genetics/genomics, molecular biology, systems biology or a closely related discipline.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Clear and effective communication skills;
  • Scientific creativity, reliability, and independence in research;
  • Research experience and/or demonstrated interest in host-microbial interactions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise and laboratory skills using a host or microbial genetic system (e.g. C. elegans, E. coli, etc.);
  • Metagenomics or microbial genomics expertise and training in microbial ecology or organismal biology;
  • Direct laboratory experience in applying high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatic/quantitative skills for manipulating and analyzing genomics/transcriptomics datasets;
  • Ability to work comfortably and collaboratively with a diverse group of researchers.

Application materials: please submit a cover letter, CV and 3+ references to

Research Gate profile:

Recent papers (all open access):
• C. elegans as a model for microbiome research –
• C. elegans responses to its natural microbes –

Baylor College of Medicine is a health sciences university that creates knowledge and applies science and discoveries to further education, healthcare and community service locally and globally. Located in the Texas Medical Center in the heavily diverse community of Houston, TX, Baylor College of Medicine has affiliations with eight teaching hospitals, each known for medical excellence. The college has total research support of $363 million, with $280 million from federal sources, and more than 90 research and patient-care centers and units. Currently, Baylor College of Medicine trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows.