Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

Job Details

Job location: San Antonio TAMUSA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-07-12
Req: R-039509
Job Title

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Texas A&M University - San Antonio


Department of Mathematical, Physical, & Engineering Sciences

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

San Antonio, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

The Department of Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences seeks applications from qualified candidates for a full-time postdoctoral researcher appointment beginning in Fall 2021. Applications are currently being solicited in two fields, one in chemistry to work with Dr. William Alley, who is an analytical chemist, and the other in geosciences to work with Dr. Pride Abongwa, a low-temperature geochemist. Only one of these two fields will be funded for the position, depending on the selection of the candidate best positioned to succeed in the role of postdoctoral research associate.

The candidate for the analytical chemistry position should have a Ph.D. in chemistry/biochemistry and have extensive knowledge in analytical chemistry, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometery, and glycomic/glycoproteomic techniques. The post-doctoral fellow will be responsible for developing new methods for glycomic analysis of biological fluids (cerebrospinal fluid, serum/plasma). Those methods will then be applied to understand the glycomic changes that occur with the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease and possible changes that are unique to Black and non-Hispanic White Americans.

For the geosciences position the candidate should have a Ph.D. in Geology with specialization in geochemistry or hydrochemistry. The candidate is expected to be able to conduct field and laboratory experiments on metals and nutrient cycling in low temperature environments. Stable isotope geochemistry and biogeochemical cycling will be integral parts of the research to be conducted. The candidate will be expected to operate laboratory equipments such as IC and ICP-OES.

The successful candidate will be expected to write manuscripts for publication in peer- reviewed journals, present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, and contribute to writing grant proposals. This is a one-year position and if the investigator’s external grant proposal(s) are successful, the position may be renewed, but renewal is not guaranteed.

This is a grant funded position due to start Fall 2021. Grant funded positions are contingent upon available grant funding.

Required Education and Experience:

  • A Ph.D. at the time of appointment in one of the two areas mentioned above in which the candidate seeks to work in.

  • Specialization in analytical chemistry, with a focus on “-omics” techniques, or a related sub-field, for the chemistry position or specialization in geochemistry, with a focus on biogeochemical cycling of metals, or a related sub-field, for the geosciences position

  • Relevant research publication record.

In a letter of interest, please explain your scholarly interest, career development plan, and experience, and why you are a good fit for the position.

Application Process:

Applications are accepted only through the online job portal at: ( ). Applicants

must complete online:

  • The Application,

  • Upload a letter of interest and mention prominently whether they intend to pursue research in chemistry or geosciences,

  • Curriculum vitae, and

  • Unofficial copies of graduate transcripts.

If assistance is required, please contact an HR representative at 210-784-2058.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position is open until filled.

Finalists must request at least two current letters of recommendation to be sent directly by the author to the

Department Chair, Dr. M.K. Balasubramanya,

One University Way, SciTech 311,

San Antonio, Texas 78224

via USPS or email to If selected, finalists must pass a pre-employment background check prior to being employed.

Official transcripts of the successful candidate must be on file with the Office of the Provost, and sent directly from each degree-granting institution to Texas A&M University-San Antonio at the address listed below. If transcripts are from an international institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective employee to have the transcripts translated and evaluated by an approved credential evaluator.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio Office of the Provost

ATTN: Alissa Meyer

One University Way, Ste. 435 San Antonio, Texas 78224

Please direct any questions to Dr. M.K. Balasubramanya at

For detailed instructions on how to apply for any positions on our website, please use the following link:

Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded prior to submitting the application. Once application is submitted, no changes or revisions can be made. If you have issues with adding documents with your application, please contact HR at 210-784-2058.

Summary of Employee Benefits

In compliance with ADA, if accommodations are needed for the application process, please contact HR at (210) 784-2058.

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.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.


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