Principal Investigator - Infectious Disease Research

SOUTHERN RESEARCH seeks to fill a position for an established research immunologist to join the faculty of the Department of Infectious Diseases in the Drug Discovery Division.  The position is equivalent in rank to an academic Associate or Full Professor depending on experience.  The Division and Department are collaborative grant- based research enterprises engaged in the discovery and development of new treatments for infectious diseases as well as immunological diseases of non-infectious origin.  We are particularly interested in applicants with ongoing and vibrant extramurally-funded research programs focused on basic and applied investigations of immunology as it relates to host-pathogen interactions, basic bacterial and viral biology, and the development of small molecule and biologic immunotherapeutics and/or vaccine interventions for the treatment of immunological disorders of infectious and non-infectious origin.  Applications from investigators using the CRISPR-associated RNA-guided endonuclease Cas9 technology to systematically interrogate mammalian genome function in the context of in vitro cell-based and in vivo studies of microbial pathogenesis are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Division offers opportunities to collaborate with expert teams engaged in investigations focused on oncology, neuroscience, high throughput screening directed at drug discovery, medicinal chemistry, in vitro and in vivo pharmacology, preclinical in vivo pharmacokinetic assessments, and clinical trials.

Southern Research is adjacent to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus, the UAB Medical Center, and affiliated research centers, which afford opportunities for clinical collaborations, basic science research, as well as joint appointments with UAB allowing access to graduate students and opportunities to lecture.  To be considered, applicants must: 1) possess a PhD, MD or MD/PhD degree with a research emphasis in microbiology, immunology, biomedical sciences or related disciplines; 2) have an active externally funded research program; and 3) submit a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page synopsis of prior research with external funding, and a two page description of future research goals.

Southern Research is a not-for-profit research organization that is academically affiliated with UAB.  The Drug Discovery Division successfully focuses on three therapeutic areas: infectious diseases, oncology, and CNS diseases.  The Division has a long-standing record of continuous funding through the National Institutes of Health and other federal and private organizations.  As part of a large biomedical research community in Birmingham, we are committed to providing a stimulating and rewarding research and work environment.

Birmingham, Alabama has a high standard of living afforded by a moderate climate, beautiful wooded terrain, outstanding residential communities and schools, world-class healthcare, below-average cost of living, and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene.  In 2015, Birmingham is No. 1 on Forbes' list of America’s Most Affordable Cities.