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University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Mentor: Dr. Steve Lim, Department of Pathology



Postdoctoral position is immediately available for a highly motivated candidate to work on NIH funded preclinical projects in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Lim (Department of Pathology). The project will investigate the role of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) in atherosclerosis which is a vessel narrowing disease; 1) the interplay between FAK activation and the control of cholesterol efflux in macrophages in atherosclerosis progression, 2) smooth muscle thickening by FAK via the control of epigenetic machineries. Proposed mechanism finding studies will involve model systems, including cells and genetically modified mouse models. These studies will be complemented by preclinical models using a small molecule FAK inhibitor and evaluating patient derived specimens. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension contingent on satisfactory performance. Salary will follow NIH guidelines commensurate with training and experience.


Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in biomedical science or related discipline are encouraged to apply. Strong motivation, good communication skills and the ability to work independently are required. Previous experience in relevant fields including cell culture, animal handling, vascular biology and molecular biology techniques is desirable.

Interested candidates should submit CV, a cover letter detailing research experience and contact details of three references to:

Steve Lim, PhD
Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology,
Department of Pathology
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
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Department of Pathology


University of Alabama at Birmingham


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 universitys 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 Alabamas largest single employer with over 26,000 employees and has an annual state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Reports 2020 Americas Best Graduate Schools ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nations top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nations top 50 in the magazines 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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