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Cancer Immunology

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Mentor: Dr. Eric Ubil, Department of Microbiology

Postdoctoral Fellow – Cancer Immunology

O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Birmingham, AL, United States

The Ubil laboratory (https://sites.uab.edu/ubil-lab/) is seeking highly motivated candidates for an available postdoctoral training position. Studies in our lab focus on mechanisms of tumor-derived innate immune suppression. In particular, we are interrogating how tumors dampen antigen presentation by macrophages to T cells and how these processes affect the anti-tumor immune response. The main goal of the laboratory is to identify novel therapeutic strategies that can, one day, be translated into clinical trials.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree. Prior experience in tumor immunology and a strong publication record are preferred. Candidates should also have a background in T cell biology (e.g., primary cell isolation, activation assays, etc.), flow cytometry, and in vivo tumor models. Other techniques utilized in the laboratory include high-dimensional expression analysis, confocal microscopy/live-cell imaging, mass spectrometry and qPCR. During the course of their work, candidates are also encouraged to identify and learn to use other, complementary, techniques. Career development is a focus in the laboratory, with postdoctoral fellows expected to seek independent funding, network/collaborate, and attend related conferences.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a leading research institution in the U.S., ranking 25th nationally in National Institutes of Health funding (2016) and 41st nationally in overall research and development expenditures (2017). UAB has also been named the #1 Young U.S. University by Times Higher Education for a second consecutive year.

Candidates should submit the following items to Dr. Eric Ubil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Cover letter indicating current and future research interests, scientific accomplishments/publication(s) and expected availability date
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Contact information for 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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