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Postdoctoral Fellow- Immunobiology Research

Job Ref: 24449

Talent Area: Research - Clinical

Houston Methodist Research Institute
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: Immunobiology Research

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Company Profile

Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments.  The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease.  A 440,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,150 staff members, 270 principal investigators and has more than 600 ongoing clinical trials.

Job Summary

We are seeking motivated postdoctoral fellows to study molecular regulation of immune memory responses to virus infections in our NIH funded projects.  We are focusing on the development and regulation of memory T cells and memory B cells by autophagy and novel transcriptional regulators. We are using molecular, biochemical, and imaging strategies, as well as gene targeting approaches in cell lines and animal models to study the genes that are essential for the development and maintenance of immune memory cells induced by vaccines. This post-doctoral position will provide an ideal transition step leading to independent funding and academic positions. Applicants with experience in molecular biology/cloning, immunology and animal studies are encouraged to apply. This post-doctoral fellowship will provide the opportunity to apply cutting-edge techniques to study the molecular biology of immune memory against infections.



Performs basic research duties under the supervision/direction of a Physician (Principal Investigator).


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Duties and Responsibilities are cross-referenced to the hospital’s Pillars of Excellence and will be transferred to the Performance Evaluation.


PEOPLE (10%)

  1. Assists in maintaining the functionality and operations of the Principal Investigator’s laboratory.Defines problems and possible solutions.

  2. Strictly adheres to departmental policies, procedures and experimental guidelines.


    FINANCE (20%)

  3. Plan and carefully design experiments.

  4. Keeps projects on required timelines.



  5. Establishes and maintains proper quality control of project operations.

  6. Keeps good records of all procedures and outcomes.

  7. Follows safety rules.Reports accidents promptly and corrects safety hazards.Participates in hospital required and job related in-services and applies policies and procedures.


    SERVICE (30%)

  8. Develops research methods and performs research activities.

  9. Collects, analyzes and reviews data frequently with faculty and staff.

  10. Documents research results and writes reports of results for presentation and/or publication in professional journals and other publications.



  1. Reviews scientific literature.

  2. Prepares presentations for departmental meetings.


This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Houston Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



Ph.D. or M.D. required



Experience requirements will vary depending on the field of research.


Postdoctoral Fellow 0– no Postdoc experience required



Not applicable



Experience in biomedical research required.



Research laboratory environment.



Research laboratory environment







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