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Postdoctoral Research Associate
TAMHSC in Bryan, Texas
Date Posted 05/20/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Title

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Texas A&M University Health Science Center


Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Bryan, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

What we believe

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values .”

Who we are

As one of the fastest-growing academic health centers in the nation, the Texas A&M University Health Science Center encompasses five colleges and numerous centers and institutes working together to improve health through transformative education, innovative research and team-based health care delivery.

What we want

The Health Science Center (HSC) is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to serve as a member of the Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics team. We desire an individual who subscribes to and supports our commitment as stated above. The successful applicant will bring an expert level of research experience to the position and understand the demands of supporting executives in a fast-paced environment. This person must be professional, enjoy working in a high-volume environment and be able to apply strong organizational skills while being flexible in their daily routine. If this is you, we invite you to apply to become a member of our team.

Job Description Summary: This position of Postdoctoral Research Associate is in the Texas A&M University Department of Neuroscience, in collaboration with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The successful candidate will join a research lab focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved after spinal cord injury, in particular gastro-intestinal dysfunctions. Major techniques of the laboratory include rodent surgeries and behavioral analysis, primary cell isolation and culture, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence & confocal microscopy, bioinformatics and sequencing, as well as electrical engineering techniques (particularly 1) system implementation using microprocessor and 2) Labview programming). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will lead a project focused on defining how gastro-intestinal complications occur after spinal cord injury. The main objective of this research position is to develop an optimized electrical stimulation system with the application phase optimized by deep reinforcement learning.

Required Education:

  • Appropriate PhD

Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Education:

  • PhD. in Neuro-engineering, Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Neurobiology, Biology,  or related fields

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in neuro-engineering
  • Experience in assessing gastro-intestinal functions
  • Experience in system implementation using microprocessor
  • Experience in Labview programming
  • 3 years of experience working with small animal models of neurological disease or trauma.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Expertise in system implementation using microprocessor, Labview programming, small animal surgeries, fluorescent and confocal microscopy, cell culture, behavior testing.
  • Excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, and have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with diverse individuals and communities

Job Responsibilities

Experimental Research:

  • Create electrodes and electronics for neural recording

  • Perform mouse surgeries including colon and spinal cord injury surgeries.

  • Perform behavioral assessments of colonic activity in mice.

  • Perform colon and spinal cord histology and microscopy imaging.

Data recording and analysis:

  • Collect, record, maintain and analysis experimental/research data

  • Prepare manuscripts for publication of research results.

General lab duties:

  • Assist in managing mouse colonies, including breeding, genotyping, and recordkeeping.

  • Supervise undergraduate research assistants.

Other Duties.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

In accordance with the  federal contractor vaccination mandate , specific facilities at Texas A&M University may be considered a covered contractor workplace with covered contractor employees. Therefore, successful applicants for this position may be subject to the federal mandate and will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless an approved medical or religious accommodation is in place.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

In accordance with the federal contractor vaccination mandate , specific facilities at The Texas A&M System may be considered a covered contractor workplace with covered contractor employees. Therefore, successful applicants for this position may be subject to the federal mandate to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless an approved medical or religious accommodation is in place.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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