Postdoc in stem cells and aging

Harris Lab, Department of Biology, University of Alabama, Birmingham
NIH pay scale plus benefits, commensurate with experience
March 01 2018
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The Harris Lab within the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks a motivated Postdoctoral Trainee to join their team. The Harris Lab investigates the molecular and genetic mechanisms that influence stem cell maintenance and contribute to stem cell aging. The lab uses cellular, genetic and genomic approaches within the mouse animal model to decipher the gene regulatory networks that govern stem cell fate choice and stem cell quiescence over time. The Harris Lab uses the melanocyte stem cell of the hair follicle as a system to interrogate both autonomous, and non-autonomous contributions to stem cell maintenance. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with interest in transcriptional regulation, stem cells and aging. Individuals with experience pertaining to any of these topics are encouraged to apply. Additional information about the Harris Lab can found here:

The Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is home to a nexus of investigators focused on the basic biology of aging and age-related pathologies using mouse models.  It is also home to one of six NIH-supported Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. UAB is consistently rated as one of the finest universities in the country for postdoctoral studies.


  1. Applicants must hold a PhD degree in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics or a related discipline. Experience in chromatin immunoprecipitation, next-generation sequencing and analysis (ChIP-seq, RNA-seq) is desirable.
  2. Familiarity with pigment cell biology, aging biology, and mouse husbandry is advantageous, but not required.
  3. The successful candidate should have a proven track record with publications. Strong motivation, good communication skills and the ability to work independently are required.

To apply:

Interested candidate should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact details of three references to:

Dr. Melissa Harris
Department of Biology, UAB

The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines. With regard to benefits, postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances and may also be eligible to participate in the university’s 403(b) program. They receive paid leave allowances, including vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave. To learn more about the UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education and additional benefits, see our website at

Opportunities for postdoc professional development are available; these include instruction in grant writing and lab management, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, internships and teaching opportunities at local universities.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all trainees, faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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