Postdoctoral Associate


The laboratory of Dr. Kjersti Aagaard invites applications for a postdoctoral position in immunology and microbiome science, with a focus on congenital viruses. An accomplished and highly motivated candidate with a passion for high impact, translational research is sought to fill this unique and exciting postdoctoral associate position at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Aagaard is an NIH funded Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Molecular and Human Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Dr. Aagaard has a strong history of leading and engaging in metagenomics and microbiome science, genomics and epigenomics translational research initiatives in perinatal medicine. She has additional funded research in congenital viruses, maternal nutrition and fetal programming, environmental exposures in pregnancy, and clinical research initiatives. Her laboratory team aims to meaningfully change the trajectory of disease during pregnancy and the newborn period through highly collaborative and high impact science. Dr. Aagaard aims to train scientists with a goal of developing independent lines of research.

Job Purpose

The candidate will participate in both experimental biology and computational analyses aimed at understanding the complex interactions of viruses, the microbiome and its host. The candidate must have strong virology, molecular biology or microbiology experience and analytical skills, and a record of accomplishment as evidenced by publications.

Job Duties
  • Plans, directs and conducts specialized and advanced research experiments.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • May establish new research protocols and procedures.
  • Summarizes research findings and publish results in research journals.
  • May be responsible for laboratory operations.
  • May supervise research staff.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Education Required: MD or Ph.D in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.
  • Experience Required: None Required.
  • Certification/Licenses/Registration: None Required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience with microbiome science is a plus.
  • Knowledge in host-immune interactions, virology, microbiome science, reproductive biology, or genetics is required.

  • The candidate will be working in a collaborative environment both within and outside the lab and Baylor College of Medicine.
  • Tissue culture and analyzing microbiome or microbial data, and developing new models and methods to answer biological questions that arise in the research.

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


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