Postdoc & Tech positions in Center for Microbiome Res. / Baylor College of Med

*** New job openings in the newly-minted Samuel Lab at Baylor College of Medicine ***


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 the determinants of microbial influences on host health. Research will leverage the robust genetic and cell-biology toolbox of the high-thoughput amenable invertebrate host C. elegans to examine both the impact of ecologically relevant microbes from its natural microbiome and constituents of the human 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 microbiology, genetics/genomics, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, ecology, evolution, 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 metagenomic, ecological or evolutionary 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 bucks [at] bcm [dot] edu
    OR APPLY ONLINE: (position number 219187AB)


Provides responsible and thoughtful technical assistance in support of research projects that examine the molecular determinants of the influence of the microbiome on host health. Works under minimal supervision by a higher-level research staff member.

  • Essential Functions and Duties: Prepare and conduct laboratory research experiments on microbe-host interactions; conduct good note keeping and data analysis; order lab supplies and equipment as directed; and collaborate with a diverse group of scientists.

  • Preferred Skills: technical ability to complete procedures and precisely record results; laboratory skills using a genetic system (C. elegans, E. coli, etc.) and/or within the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or closely related disciplines; effective verbal/written communicator; engaging and creative.

  • Minimum Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in a biology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, bioengineering or closely related field, or has equivalent education and work experience.

  • Minimum Job Experience: 2+ years of laboratory research-related experience

  • Application materials: please submit a cover letter, CV and 3+ references to bucks [at] bcm [dot] edu
    OR APPLY ONLINE: (position number 194884AB)