Postdoctoral Position – Department of Neurobiology

Birmingham, AL
Minimum of $47,476 + benefits
September 28 2018
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Mentor: Craig Powell, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Department of Neurobiology, UAB School of Medicine,

Postdoctoral fellows are needed to investigate the molecular, cellular, and circuit-level mechanisms for autism, intellectual disability, and related cognitive disorders. The Powell Laboratory uses molecular, cellular, biochemical, electrophysiological, and circuit-level approaches to understand how genetic mutations lead to altered brain/circuit function to alter autism and intellectual disability-related behavior. This multidisciplinary approach is used to identify novel therapeutic strategies and to test those strategies in preclinical studies before translation into patient-oriented studies.

To apply for these positions or for more information, please contact Dr. Powell at

Candidates should submit the following items:

  • Cover letter indicating current and future research interests and expected availability date
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Description of past research experience and accomplishments
  • Names and contact information of three referees

About the University:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

With an enrollment of more than 21,920 students in fall 2018, UAB provides a collaborative learning experience to prepare diverse students for rewarding careers and lives that benefit society and our regional and global economy. In addition, UAB offers exceptional graduate and professional programs that prepare students to lead, teach, conduct research, provide professional services, become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future, and contribute to our region's and our nation’s prosperity. UAB offers 154 degree programs in nine schools and one college — the Collat School of Business, School of Dentistry, School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Optometry, School of Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences — as well as the Honors College and the Graduate School.

UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest employer, with some 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. Ten UAB graduate programs were ranked in the top 25 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “America’s Best Graduate School” list, and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs of their kind in the magazine’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals report. Total research expenditures at UAB exceeded $538 million in 2016. UAB's NIH funding, based on 2016 figures, ranks eighth among public universities.


About the Department:

The UAB Department of Neurobiology is making a national and international impact in fundamental neuroscience research. Our faculty have received numerous national and international awards recognizing excellence in research and training and provide a unique perspective for interdisciplinary neuroscience research and teaching careers at academic health science centers. Neurobiology research encompasses a wide range of approaches and subject matters. This is reflected in our faculty's individual laboratories. Research in the department utilizes molecular, genetic, electrophysiological cellular and behavioral approaches. Subjects studied include the typical structure and function of the nervous system, as well as understanding the mechanisms and developing interventions for physical injury and diseases of genetic or environmental origin. Specific faculty interests include: addition, Alzheimer's disease, brain/spinal cord injury, epigenetics, epilepsy, glial biology, neurotransmission, non-coding RNAs, normal learning and memory, neurodevelopmental disorders with intellectual disabilities, Parkinson's disease and perceptual disorders. In addition to its major research emphasis, the departmental faculty are actively involved in training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in advanced research techniques in their laboratories. Interested students also have the opportunity to receive advanced training in neurobiology of disease with a focus on modern molecular research approaches to clinical topics related to neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, pediatrics and rehabilitation medicine, thus providing a unique perspective for fundamental neuroscience research and teaching careers at academic health science centers.


About our Postdoc office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 250 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The OPE strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines.

Additional Salary Information: Postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all 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.