Possesses, understands, and applies a comprehensive knowledge in
area of specialization. Develops understanding and skills to allow
for completion of assignments that cross fields of specialization.
Develops leadership and management skills.
- Receives/Reviews progress and evaluates results of experiments
or projects under control or supervisory responsibility.
- Recommends changes in research, testing or experimental
- May be responsible for a single highly technical and complex
piece of research equipment.
- May review and evaluate the effectiveness of personnel.
- May plan for and assign personnel to projects under
- Operates with latitude for unreviewed action.
- May receive general supervision conferring with higher levels
only in unusual situations.
- Performs other job-related duties as required.
There is an opening for a postdoc position in the Coulson-
Thomas laboratory at the College of Optometry, University of
Houston, to work on dry eye disease, with special focus on studying
the pathogenesis of Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). The
candidate should have significant animal training and be able to
work with knock-out mouse models. The candidate should have
experience carrying out surgeries in mice. In the Coulson- Thomas
lab, each investigator is responsible for maintaining the mouse
colonies involved in their own studies in order to ensure the
highest standards are maintained, including animal identification,
minimal husbandry and genotyping. Tissue processing skills are
required including cryo- and paraffin sectioning. The candidate
will also be required to isolate and maintain primary cells and
established immortalized cell lines. The candidate is expected to
have proficient communication skills, have excellent English
skills, written and spoken, and have the ability to work together
as a team and also alone.
Responsibilities are completed under the supervision of the
This is a fast-pace lab that requires researchers to be highly
organized, efficient and work as a team.
The College of Optometry, University of Houston, provides a
fertile environment for blending fundamental Glycobiology with
medical and translational opportunities. The post is available
immediately for a period of 1 year, which can be renewed for an
additional 2 years based on performance and funding availability.
The candidate must have flexible hours and be available no less
than 40 hours a week Monday-Friday. The candidate is expected to
work 8:30 am-5:00 pm or 9:00 am-5:30 pm with a 30-minute lunch
break, although working hours are flexible.
Doctoral and No experience
Requires singular knowledge of a specialized advanced professional
discipline or the highest level of general business knowledge,
normally acquired through attainment of a directly job-related
terminal degree or equivalent formal training in a recognized field
of specialization that is directly related to the type of work
being performed.No experience is required.
PhD or MD-PhD with strong experience working with animals,
strong first author publications and the ability to work in a team
and think independently. The candidate is also expected to be able
to establish and maintain successful interactions/collaborations.
Communication skills and fluent spoken and written English are
Preferred Qualifications for Selection:
- Comfortable with performing animal surgeries.
- Experience with working with animals including maintaining
colonies. Of special interest is experience with transgenic mouse
- Proficiency in histology and cell culture
- Skills to follow animal research protocols and stay within
compliance of IACUC guidelines.
- Basic Cell and Molecular biology skills, including: PCR, gel
electrophoresis, Western blotting, RNA isolation, protein
isolation, glycosaminoglycan isolation, immunocyto/histochemistry,
fluorescence microscopy and CRISPR technology.