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Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology

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Mentor: Dr. Etty N. Benveniste, Dr. Hongwei Qin, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Available Postdoc Position at Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, UAB

Mentors: Dr. Etty N. Benveniste and Dr. Hongwei Qin, Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology

The Benveniste is seeking enthusiastic and highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to join our team and gain experience in a multidisciplinary, dynamic and fun research environment.

The Benveniste Laboratory is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that control neuroinflammation and the roles of  neuroinflammation in autoimmune diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The group uses mouse and/or rat models in combination with genetic, genomics, microscopy and behavioral techniques.

The applicant will have the creative freedom to pursue independent research projects across the general research interest area of the lab. In addition to scientific training, the applicant will be expected to provide support in management and organization of the lab including but not limited to mentorship/training of graduate students, undergraduate students and research technicians. Applicants should have a PhD or MD degree in molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, computational biology or a related field.


The ideal candidate should possess the following qualities

  • Strong initiative, self-motivation, and capacity for creative problem solving.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, prioritization skills, and time management skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with emphasis on keeping records of experiments and results.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to interact positively with all levels of staff.
  • Ability to work efficiently and be adaptable to changing priorities.

Proficiency in 1 or more of the following technical skills is preferred but not required. Training will be provided:

  • Basic molecular biology techniques including cloning, nuclei acid electrophoresis, etc
  • Microscopy
  • Next generation sequencing (RNA-Seq, scRNA-Seq and/or Cite-Seq) and accompanying bioinformatics analysis
  • Animal surgery and flow cytometry

Inquires can be made by contacting Dr. Etty N. Benveniste email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or and Dr. Hongwei Qin, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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