Postdoctoral Associate


Texas Pregnancy and Life Course Health Center, San Antonio
Closing date: 
03 January 2019
Peter W Nathanielsz

A Postdoctoral Associate Position is available on a 4-year National Institute of Aging U19: Womb to Tomb: Developmental Programming and Aging Interactions in Primates. 

Start date: January 1, 2019 (negotiable)-Salary: NIH Postdoctoral Stipend Range

The U19 evaluates interactive mechanisms of normal aging and developmental programming with longitudinal life course studies in a well-characterized nonhuman primate model. 

The position involves work that seeks to determine effects ofnormal, low, and a high plane of maternal nutrition on offspring brain function using in vivo behavioral testing of learning and cognition as well as studies on alterations in brain structure and differentially expressed genes in an extensive archive of baboon brains across the life course. We will seek epigenetic signatures that alter gene expression and protein translation. Intervention studies will be conducted to alter the rate of aging. All studies involve equal numbers of males and females. 

Post-doctoral candidate:We are looking to appoint a dynamic and highly self motivated postdoctoral fellowwith a doctoral degree from any scientific field to join this program for two years with potential for a further two years. This position is suitable for a first or second post-doctoral position. 

We seek a candidate with experience with some or all the following experimental approaches: in vivo behavioral testing, gene expression analysis, in situ hybridization, protein expression analysis (Western, immunohistochemistry), telemetric recordings of movement. Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following fields will be an advantage: developmental programming, obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, nutrition, primate behavior, and animal models.

A major goal is to train the successful candidate to become a future leader in programming and aging research.

TPLH is committed to providing educational, employment, and enrichment opportunities for members of underrepresented groups. Women, individuals from traditionally disadvantaged groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Contact: Peter Nathanielsz ( with a detailed CV and cover letter outlining experience and interests and names of three references who we may contact. To obtain insight into our behavioral program, interested applicants might also like to contact Dr. Hillary Huber, a senior postdoctoral member and team-leader responsible for behavioral aspects of our program. Her email is The work she has been involved in can be accessed on PubMed with the terms Huber HF and baboon. 

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