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Radiation Oncology

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Mentor: Dr. Carlos E. Cardenas, Department of Radiation Oncology


Postdoctoral Scientist
Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

The research lab of Dr. Carlos E. Cardenas in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is seeking a postdoctoral fellow. Our focus is on developing artificial intelligence solutions for radiotherapy treatment planning and radiotherapy treatment assessment, to implement those solutions to gain insight into overall health care delivery improvements, and to pave the way for clinical translation. The current focus of interest is on the development of an automated workflow to assess brain tumor progression on post-radiotherapy imaging. Successful applicants would be part of an established, well-funded, committed, and productive interdisciplinary research team.

- Learn to develop technical tools for radiation therapy
- Learn to develop novel artificial intelligence solutions to improve cancer care
- Learn to document, analyze, and maintain research data
- Learn to mentor, students and/or trains junior research team members
- Learn to write manuscripts and present research findings at conference


Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in computer science, electrical engineering, medical physics, or a closely related physical science. Successful applicants must be highly motivated, independent and must have experience with scientific computer programming (Python, Matlab). Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Experience with PyTorch/Tensorflow, medical image analysis, Django app development is a plus. The individual is expected to work within a large group of motivated interdisciplinary researchers, including clinicians, postdoctoral fellows, and other research staff. This position is for one year, renewable.

In addition to an exciting work environment, we offer a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. UAB is consistently rated among the top Universities according to US News and World Reports. UAB is the No. 1 University in The Scientist's “Best Places to Work for Postdocs”, with particular strengths in career development opportunities, training, and mentoring. UAB has been named America's No. 1 Best Large Employer by Forbes, topping the list of more than 500 public and private corporations, hospitals, universities, Fortune 500 companies and more, across dozens of industries.

Interested candidates should submit via e-mail an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their past research experience, along with complete contact information for three references to: Carlos E. Cardenas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Specify “Postdoctoral Fellow Position” in your email subject header.
UAB is an equal opportunity employer, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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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