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Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics, Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
Date Posted 06/30/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Mentor: Andrew M. Pickering, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics, Department of Neurology.

The Pickering Aging Lab at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with an interest in Alzheimer’s disease, brain aging or basic biology of aging to participate in an NIH R01 funded study.

Research in the lab focuses on the role of proteostasis in aging and age-related diseases.

The successful candidate will conduct research involving drug and genetic manipulations of proteostatic function both in aging and Alzheimer’s disease models. The Pickering lab uses a diversity of model systems including cell culture, flies, mice and human subjects. See the lab website for details

The position requires a PhD in a relevant field such as molecular/cellular biology, neurobiology etc. Research experience with mouse behavioral studies, surgery or drug development will be extremely helpful for this project.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a comprehensive metropolitan university, established in 1969 with the intention of building a major biomedical research institution. In its short history, it has become the top-ranked "young university" in the U.S. UAB is a Carnegie Class-I biomedical research organization, with current research funding of over $527 million per year. The majority of this funding, over $320M, is from NIH. The UAB School of Medicine ranks 19th nationally in terms of NIH direct cost funding.

UAB is the largest employer in the state of Alabama, supporting 64,292 jobs. With total revenues of $3.8 billion, UAB’s economic impact on the Alabama economy exceeds $7 billion annually. The university is situated on 83 square blocks on the ‘south side’ of Birmingham’s central business district and encompasses over 10 million square feet of assignable space. Enrollment is almost 22,000 students.

The university has been recognized multiple times for its diverse student population. Most recently, UAB was one of 14 universities in the country to win the 2018 Diversity Champion award. About 25% of UAB undergraduates are Black or African American, 3% Hispanic, and 4% multiracial.

UAB is highly committed both to aging and Alzheimer’s disease research. Researchers have access to numerous facilities including the: Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Nathan Shock Center for Healthy Aging, The Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, The Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics and the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute.

Interested applicants should send a CV and a brief statement of interest, as well as contact information for 2-3 references to: The position is open until filled.

About our Postdoc Office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. 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 Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and 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.

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.

The NCI-designated UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers. Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

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.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or call (205) 934-8762. Or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

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