We are currently accepting applications for 2 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship positions in the UAB Training Program in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases Research (T32 AR069516; S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD, Program Director; Yi-Ping Li, PhD and Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc, Associate Directors) funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Positions are available for start dates as early as May 1, 2016.

Eligibility: Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Comparable doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy), D.S.W., Psy.D, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research. Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of the training appointment is acceptable. Individuals in postgraduate clinical training, who wish to interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs, are also eligible. Must be a U.S. Citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent resident status.

Requirements: All trainees are required to pursue their research training full time, normally defined as 40 hours per week, or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. Appointments are normally made in 12-month increments, and no trainee may be appointed for less than 9 months during the initial period of appointment.

Appointment includes: NRSA stipend, health insurance, $1,000 travel funds, and tuition & fees

The Training Program should include both a well-defined research program that emphasizes science relevant to NIAMS and more specifically, rheumatic and/or musculoskeletal diseases, and T32-specific mentoring and educational efforts that foster continued development of the trainee in research in NIAMS mission areas below.

The Fiscal Year 2015-2019 Long-Range Plan for NIAMS covers numerous research areas, including:

Five tissue- and disease-specific areas

  • Arthritis and rheumatic diseases
  • Skin biology and diseases
  • Bone biology and diseases
  • Muscle biology and diseases
  • Musculoskeletal biology and diseases

Four cross-cutting areas

  • Health disparities
  • Training and career development
  • Trans-NIH research collaborations

Click here for an application. Please complete the application and submit with supporting documentation to Carol A. Ballinger, PhD at carolballinger@uabmc.edu.