Postdoctoral Fellow-Biological Sciences

Texas A&M University-San Antonio
San Antonio TAMUSA
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Job location: San Antonio TAMUSA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-23
Req: R-039080
Job Title

Postdoctoral Fellow-Biological Sciences


Texas A&M University - San Antonio


Department of Life Sciences

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

San Antonio, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

The Department of Life Sciences, in the College of Arts and Sciences, at Texas A&M University-San Antonio invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Biological Sciences. The successful candidate will be trained in the Biological Sciences and be willing to work in a collaborative and fast- paced environment. Funding for the position is one year, i.e. from 1 September, 2021, to 31 August, 2022.

The position will be a member of a cohort of five departmental postdoctoral fellows, three of whom are to be hired along with three new research active faculty in the Department of Life Sciences. As part of the inaugural cohort of “Life Science Postdoctoral Fellows,” each fellow will participate in a mentored, guided program of professional development, attend regular journal clubs and lab meetings, and receive support and guidance in grant and fellowship writing.

This is a grant-funded position. Grant funded positions are time-limited and are contingent upon sufficient grant funding.

This is a research position. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be primarily employed as an effector of the research agenda of the Primary Investigator (PI), Dr. Ashley Teufel. The Teufel Lab works in the areas of computational evolutionary biology and bioinformatics. Our work largely centers on the development and application of mechanistic models that provide insight into lineage-specific divergence. Given the short duration of this initial appointment, a major part of that agenda will be to secure funding for continued employment via the writing of grant proposals.

Potential research areas include but are not limited to:

  • Contingency and entrenchment in the evolution of proteins, metabolic pathways, or genomic architecture

  • The emergence of novel functionality in duplicated and de-novo genes

  • The relationship between protein flexibility/intrinsic disorder and functional diversification

  • Co-evolution in protein-protein interfaces, enzymatic interactions, or metabolic pathways

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Development of computational/theoretical modeling approaches

  • Data analysis

  • Presenting work at group meetings, seminars, and conferences

  • Writing manuscripts for publication

  • Writing and submitting grant proposals

  • Supervises graduate and undergraduate student workers in the research laboratory

Required Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, or equivalent field

  • Ability to communicate and write effectively

  • Programming experience in R, Python, or C++

  • Familiarity with working in a Linux environment

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Specific training in evolutionary biology, computer science, or mathematical modeling

  • Experience with the application of machine learning techniques

  • Experience with utilizing High Power Computing (HPC) resources

  • Experience with project development and grant writing

  • Experience with Overleaf and/or LaTeX

  • Knowledge of word processing and statistical applications

  • Excellent written and oral communication, analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills

  • Commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive laboratory culture

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to perform light to moderate physical activity

  • Adhere to Federal, State, and Texas A&M University System procedures, policies, and safety regulations

  • Some evening and weekend work may be required


Please make sure to provide the following documents:

  • Application

  • Resume to include three (3) professional references

  • Cover Letter

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