Brain Health Advocacy Mission (BHAM) Lab

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Job Description


Mentor: Dr. Pamela G. Bowen, School of Nursing, Dr. Ronald M. Lazar, Heersink School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Trainee Position


Mentors: Dr. Pamela G. Bowen, UAB School of Nursing; Dr. Ronald M. Lazar, UAB Heersink School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 The Brain Health Advocacy Mission (BHAM) Lab is seeking a highly motivated candidate for a postdoctoral training position. Our research focuses on the development and implementation of proactive, healthy lifestyle interventions that decrease vascular risk factors and promote good brain health. Specifically, we use multi-disciplinary and multi-level designs to: a) examine individual and community strategies that influence healthy lifestyle behaviors, b) identify psychosocial, cultural, behavioral, and biological factors that mitigate or delay cognitive decline, and c) develop and test evidence-based interventions to support positive associations with an overall improved McCance Brain Care Score (BCS) and the primary prevention of cognitive loss as people age. Much of the lab’s work focuses on the promotion of brain health, specifically, the prevention of brain diseases, and the BCS metrics among community dwelling populations who are disproportionately impacted by social determinants of health.

Under the mentorship of Drs. Bowen and Lazar, the postdoctoral trainee will contribute to the UAB McKnight-MGH McCance Brain Health Foundation study to obtain preliminary data demonstrating that exercise has both a direct impact on cardiorespiratory fitness and a broader effect across other risk factors, thus improving overall brain health. The postdoctoral trainee will be involved in research examining the effect of moderate vs intensive exercise on BCS outcomes, along with sophisticated study of a retinal biomarker using Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCT-A). 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 or other extramural studies
  • Analysis of existing data
  • Leading and supporting manuscript development
  • Leading and supporting grant proposal development

The successful candidate will have a PhD in nursing, psychology, public health, gerontology, or other health-related fields completed within the past two years. Candidates should have skills in data analysis and writing. A background in social behavioral research focused on successful aging, brain health, preventative health is highly preferred.


  • Statement of career objectives/research goals. The brief statement should be 1-2 pages double spaced and include:
    • Future career goals,
    • Specific interest in cardiovascular and brain health research, and
    • Academic and career development plans for the fellowship.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted to Dr. Pamela G. Bowen ( and state in email subject line: “Letter for (applicant’s name): Postdoctoral Trainee/ Fellowship Position.
  • Official Transcript from PhD program

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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