Postdoctoral associate position at the Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA (April 2017)

Postdoctoral positions (pdf) are available in the laboratory of Dr. Kimberley Tolias, Ph.D. to investigate key molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate nervous system development, and to determine how defects in these processes contribute to neurological disorders. In particular, our research focuses on elucidating novel signal transduction pathways that guide synapse formation and plasticity, dendritic arbor development, cell migration, and neural regeneration post-injury. We recently received significant funding dedicated to the study of adhesion-GPCRs in neuronal development and function.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with experience in molecular and cell biology and a strong interest in neuroscience. This is a unique post-doctoral opportunity for someone who desires to apply multidisciplinary approaches to study nervous system development and plasticity. The Tolias lab uses a combination of biochemistry, molecular biology, live cell imaging, fluorescent reporters, genetics, behavior, and electrophysiology. Our work is highly collaborative and in a friendly, supportive environment. We are funded from a variety of sources, including NINDS, NIMH, Mission Connect, the March of Dimes, the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, the Angelman Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested candidates should submit electronic copy of their curriculum vitae and three references letter to: Dr. Kimberley Tolias, email: tolias@bcm.edu

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX, USA. BCM is a dynamic and exciting research environment, receiving over $250,000,000 in NIH funding alone toward 479 awards in FY 2016. Research at BCM is supported by 26 state-of-the-art research core facilities, excellent AALAC-certified animal facilities, and advanced educational opportunities for trainees and faculty. BCM employs an extensive and world-class medical faculty, providing opportunities for high-level translational efforts.

The Department of Neuroscience at BCM has 26 primary faculty and 40 secondary appointments whose interests span the entire range of modern neuroscience, including electrophysiology, molecular neurobiology, systems neurobiology, sensory neurophysiology, human functional magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical research. Neuroscience’s primary faculty and trainees have over $20,000,000 in active NIH funding active in FY 2017 alone and enjoy a full complement of departmental administrative and equipment support. The environment is cooperative, and the department sponsors a complete and wide-ranging seminar series and an annual academic retreat for primary and secondary laboratories.

Baylor College of Medicine is located within the Texas Medical Center, a concentration of 56 member institutions, including several world-class medical and research institutes, including the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Rice University, the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital and Research Institute, creating a rich and cooperative environment for basic, clinical, and translational research. The TMC also sponsors programs to promote commercialization of intellectual property created at TMC member institutions. The Tolias lab has active collaborations with MD Anderson and Rice University.

Houston, TX, is a large, modern, cosmopolitan city on Texas’ Gulf coast, three hours from the state capitol of Austin and San Antonio, four hours from Dallas-Fort Worth, and less than an hour from the resort city of Galveston. Over 100 languages are spoken in Houston, making it one of the most ethnically diverse major metropolises in the nation. In 2015, Travel+Leisure named Houston America’s best city for foodies, and Forbes magazine named Houston the coolest place to live in the United States in 2012. Houston is home to a vibrant and enviable arts scene, including a theater scene that is second only to New York City in the US according to Broadwayworld.com, the Houston Symphony, notable museums, and the Houston Grand Opera, the only opera company in the world to have won Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Awards. Compared to other major US cities (Houston is the 4th largest city in the US), Houston has a low cost of living, making these amenities well within the reach of scientific trainees and their families. Houston is home to two international airports providing ready connections throughout the rest of the country and world. Houstonians (and Texans in general) enjoy a well-deserved reputation for friendliness and helpfulness and the city is home to many international residents.