Palliative Care for Family Caregivers (PC4Family) Research Lab

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Job Description


Mentor: Dr. Nick Odom, School of Nursing

Postdoctoral Trainee Position

Mentor: Dr. Nick Odom, School of Nursing

Dr. Odom’s Palliative Care for Family Caregivers (PC4Family) Research Lab is seeking a highly motivated candidate for an available postdoctoral training position. Our research focuses on developing and testing interventions to support family caregivers and their role and skills in caring for patients with serious illness. Much of the lab’s work focuses on minoritized and historically under-resourced populations, including specifically Black/African American and rural dwelling populations.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Odom, the postdoctoral trainee will contribute to several NIH-funded clinical trials focused on lay coach-led early palliative care interventions for family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer. The postdoctoral trainee will be involved in research examining caregiving-related stressors associated with distress and other outcomes and coping strategies used by caregivers.

The postdoctoral trainee will be involved in grant writing with the goal of submitting competitive funding proposals for mentored career or research development awards (K-award or equivalent). Other responsibilities include:

● Quantitative data management for ongoing federally funded studies

● Analysis of existing data

● Leading and supporting manuscript development

● Leading and supporting grant proposal development

The successful candidate will have or be near completing a PhD in psychology, nursing, public health, gerontology, or other health related fields. Candidates should have skills in data analysis and writing. A background in palliative care and caregiving research is highly preferred.

Interested candidates should send their CV, a brief statement of research interests (1 to 2 pages) and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Nick Odom (

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 nearly 28,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact of $12.1 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 16 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and eight UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2022-2023 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, totaling $715 million in FY22 — a 50% increase over the past five years. UAB ranks 33rd among all universities in federal research funding and 17th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 25th among all universities in NIH funding and 11th among public universities.

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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