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Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology

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Mentor: Dr. Stefanie Robel, Department of Cell, Developmental, & Integrative Biology



Postdoc Opportunity!

We are looking for a colleague who is driven by scientific curiosity and looking to uplevel their career in the research areas of neuroscience > astrocyte biology > electrophysiology > traumatic brain injury. You don’t have to know it all, your expertise in one of these fields is preferred.

Applications from underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines and women are strongly encouraged.



Why join our team?

First of all, we love to work as a team! While everyone is in charge of leading projects, we usually work on them together. We discovered a new response of astrocytes to a specific type of brain injury. We are excited about it, the field is excited about it… Now it’s all about figuring out mechanisms that connect the root (blood-brain barrier damage) to long-term consequences (epilepsy and neurodegeneration). There are several exciting research directions that we need your help with.  

We’re excellent astrocyte biologists and experts in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  We do imaging (confocal, intravital 2-photon, standard), histology, mouse genetics, TBI models, EEG recording, molecular biology. We would love for your expertise (we’re pretty open) to complement ours. You are open to learning and establishing new techniques that help us answer our questions. 

In addition to scientific and technical training, what sets us apart are training opportunities that grow your leadership, communication, and management skills. We care about your future success and will prepare you for the next career step, no matter what that looks like.

We value leadership, growth-oriented individuals, creativity, personal fulfillment, trust, integrity, fun. If this speaks to you, check out our website robelastrolab.com and reach out to Stefanie Robel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your CV and a one-page essay about your values and interest in joining the team.

Successful candidate is expected to:

  1. Contribute to team science within our lab and with collaborators.
  2. Adhere to our team-specific processes and workflows and help to continuously optimize how we operate.
  3. Draft and publish findings as first- and/or co-author.
  4. Present findings at departmental, national, and international meetings.
  5. Demonstrate a desire to develop grantsmanship skills for preparing competitive funding proposals.
  6. Contribute to training and supervision of undergraduate students and technicians in the lab.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.


Fluid in electrophysiology (You can build a rig using new and used components for whole cell patch clamp recordings in acute brain slices. You can design and perform whole cell patch clamp experiments and are excited about applying your skills to our problems. You are happy to train other team members in electrophysiology), confocal imaging, intravital 2-photon imaging, and TBI models. The candidate should be comfortable working with mouse models and willing to learn bioinformatics.


A Ph.D. degree in biomedical-related sciences is required. Candidates with a strong background in electrophysiology and/or bioinformatics are strongly encouraged to apply. To thrive in this position, one should possess the following skills: problem-solving, creative thinking, good work ethic, able to work as part of a team, and have good time management.

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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