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Mentor: Dr. Mark Banaszak Holl, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

The Banaszak Holl group has recently arrived at the University of Alabama Birmingham as part of the School of Engineering with connections to the Division of Pulmonology, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedics in the Heersink School of Medicine. We have active projects in the biomaterial failure of ligament and bone, development of aerosol-based drugs, creation of sustainable medical diagnostics, and studies of other more classic engineering materials with a focus on nano to microscale characterization using advanced AFM-IR and O-PTIR methods. Recently published work from the group can be found here. Come join our efforts in the “Magic City”!


We are recruiting a self-motivated postdoctoral researcher/fellow with a strong materials chemistry, spectroscopy, and microscopy background. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated they can work with a high degree of independence, have a track record of collaborative work across multiple disciplines (engineering, science, medicine), and have experience with multi-institution projects. The candidate should have demonstrated the ability to lead projects to the creation of high-quality publications as well as participate as part of a team in the support of other project member’s work. Useful experience includes AFM, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, materials science and engineering, biological tissue handling, and particle analysis.


Interested candidates, please contact Prof. Mark Banaszak Holl by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and include your transcripts, CV, and list of three references.

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.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with over 26,000 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 Heersink 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 opens a new website, call (205) 934-8762, or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

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