Postdoctoral Associate - Protein Metabolism - Pediatrics

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7057733 (Ref:308459KP)

Posted: June 14, 2019

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate in Protein Metabolism

The Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC) at Baylor College of Medicine invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Protein Metabolism in the laboratory of Teresa A. Davis, Ph.D. The CNRC is an internationally recognized leader in pediatric nutrition and is located in a modern, fully equipped state-of-the art research facility in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. The overall goal of the research program is to develop nutritional strategies to guide the feeding of at risk human infants and young pigs to promote muscle growth. Research projects include identification of the mechanisms by which amino acids and insulin regulate protein synthesis and degradation in the neonate, discovery of the signaling components in the nutrient and growth factor signaling pathways that regulate the developmental changes in protein synthesis and degradation, identification of the impact of prematurity on growth regulation, investigation of the impact of different feeding modalities on protein synthesis and growth during the neonatal period, and determination of the effectiveness of leucine supplementation in promoting neonatal growth. Preterm and term neonatal pigs are used as translational models. The position offers the opportunity to gain technical experience in tissue and whole body protein turnover using stable- and radio-isotope methodology, pancreatic-substrate clamps, and molecular biological laboratory techniques. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or M.D. and experience in nutrition or metabolism and animal studies with demonstrated analytical skills. Experience with animal surgery and molecular biology techniques is desirable. This position has a two year term and salary is commensurate with experience based on current NIH guidelines.

  • Full understanding of framing research questions, research design and methods, and project implementation.
  • Learn and become experts at research techniques involved in your projects and, when appropriate, to develop and establish methods of research, testing and data collection, analysis and evaluation, and writing reports containing descriptive, analytical and evaluative content.
  • The duties will require the exercise of independent discretion and judgment in carrying out research activities within the predetermined research scope and methodology. Within the predetermined research scope and methodology, conduct research experiments in the field of Nutrition Science.
  • Collect and analyze data, including periodical/literature search and utilizing specialized skills in related field to analyze the collected data.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in scientific/manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals, grant writing, poster and oral presentations.
  • May attend conferences and seminars.
  • Strong publication record and demonstrated experience in research study design and project implementation.
  • Mentored research training in laboratory specific research methods.
  • Courses, seminars, and lectures that integrate the study of research methods and processes.

Required:  Ph.D. (from either basic science or clinical research programs) and M.D. (e.g., physicians in residency training) level trainees. 

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

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