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Mentor: Dr. Jillian Richter, Department of Surgery

Postdoctoral Fellow in Vascular Biology and Trauma

A Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jillian Richter within the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and creative investigator in the field of vascular biology and endothelial cell glycobiology, focusing primarily on trauma-induced inflammation and coagulation research. The successful applicant would be expected to develop an independent research agenda leading to extramural funding, and ideally toward complete independence in 3-5 years of training. Salary will be commensurate with experience based on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Stipend guidelines.

Dr. Richter’s extramurally-funded research program utilizes state-of-the-art molecular, cellular, and bioengineering techniques to evaluate the biological mechanisms linking endothelial glycocalyx damage to the development and progression of endotheliopathy that drives organ dysfunction after traumatic injury. The successful applicant is expected to implement a multidisciplinary approach to research that will involve working with small animal models of trauma-hemorrhage, bioengineered cell culture systems, and clinical/patient samples.

Primary responsibilities of this position include designing and performing experiments, analyzing and interpreting data, assisting other lab members and projects; applying for postdoctoral funding opportunities; writing and submitting manuscripts; and presenting at national or international meetings.

A background in vascular biology or glycobiology is highly desirable. Prior experience in animal handling, cell culture, and protein- and molecular-based assays is essential. Candidates with a Ph.D. in cell/molecular biology, immunology, physiology/pharmacology or a related discipline are encouraged to apply.

Enthusiastic and highly-motivated candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter detailing research experience, and contact information of three references to:


Jillian Richter

Department of Surgery

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

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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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