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Postdoctoral Associate- Cellular Neuroscience

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)
Houston, Texas (US)
Hiring up to $60,000
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Job Details

A Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the Gao Laboratory at BCM Department of Neuroscience. The Gao Lab studies cellular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions using cutting-edge proximity proteomics, protein engineering, CRISPR genome engineering, computational structural biology, and high-throughput electrophysiological techniques. The postdoc will engage in frontier, discovery-based research in neural protein-protein interaction and plasticity, and will have excellent collaboration opportunities in the world-class research environment at Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Medical Center.

Job Duties

  • Plans, directs, and conducts advanced cellular neuroscience research with a focus on the mechanisms of protein interaction related to neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions.
  • Designs, analyzes, and interprets experiments using molecular biology, genome engineering, proteomics, microscopic imaging, and electrophysiology.
  • Establishes new research protocols and procedures. Provides intellectual contribution to other ongoing projects in the lab, and assist PI in shaping the long-term research strategies and directions.
  • Demonstrates commitment to fostering a collaborative lab environment and promoting positive group dynamics.
  • Contributes to everyday tasks in the lab and training of students and other trainees.
  • Applies for grant opportunities when appropriate.
  • Attends departmental seminar series and other departmental events.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience, Cell and molecular biology, or related fields. 
  • Standard molecular and cellular neurobiology techniques such as vector design and cloning, cell / neuron culture, immunocytochemistry, Western blot, laboratory animal procedures, and scientific writing. 
  • Demonstrated ability and strong motivation to lead research projects with minimal supervision. 
  • Additional desired (but not required) skills: experience in any of the following areas is especially valued:  synaptic plasticity, Python programming, structural biology, AI / machine learning, calcium imaging, FRET sensors, electrophysiology.
  • The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, with excellent interpersonal skills and time management ability.



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


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