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C212601 - Pathology Chatham Lab
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
Date Posted 04/14/2021
Science-Molecular Biology
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the lab of Dr. John Chatham in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Department of Pathology, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (https://sites.uab.edu/chatham-lab/about/). The Department of Pathology offers a strong and supportive research environment (https://www.uab.edu/medicine/pathology/research), with an excellent track record in mentorship.

This is an NIH-funded project focused on the physiological role of STromal Interaction Molecule-1 (STIM1) in the heart. STIM1 is a core element in mammalian Ca2+ signaling systems; however, our knowledge about the physiological role of STIM1 in adult cardiomyocytes remains limited.

We seek an enthusiastic and creative individual who will be encouraged to develop their own research within the overall goals of this project. The successful applicant will also be encouraged to take advantage of the career development opportunities offered by the UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education (https://www.uab.edu/postdocs/). UAB ranks consistently as one of the top locations among US universities for training postdoctoral scholars.

The Chatham Lab is also an integral part of the broader interdisciplinary cardiovascular research community at UAB, which includes the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Research Center (https://www.uab.edu/medicine/cardiovascular/research/comprehensive-cardiovascular-center)

Start date: April 2021 and later.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with the UAB guidelines for Postdoctoral researchers.


1) Candidates must have a doctoral level degree (MD and/or PhD) in physiology, molecular biology, cell biology, or a related field.
2) The ideal applicant should be creative, curiosity driven, and capable of working independently.
3) In addition to strong cell and molecular biology skills, individuals with experience in transgenic mouse models, Ca2+ signaling, cell and tissue imaging/microscopy, or mitochondrial biology are strongly encouraged to apply.
4) A background in cardiac biology, while useful, is not essential.
5) The ideal candidate will be dedicated to basic research with strong analytical and communication skills. Eligibility to apply for positions on NIH training grants and individual NIH fellowships is an advantage.

Interested individuals should contact Dr. John Chatham via email at jchatham@uabmc.edu and provide the following documents in one PDF:
1) A cover letter including a brief summary of past research experience and future career goals.
2) Curriculum vitae.
3) Contact information for a minimum of two 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 some 25,000 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 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 or call (205) 934-8762. Or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

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