Postdoctoral Training at UAB



The University of Alabama at Birmingham is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 250 postdocs are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to engineering, medicine, natural sciences & mathematics, public health, and optometry.

The UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education and the UAB Postdoc Association work together to develop career opportunities that enhance and define the training experience for all postdoctoral scholars at UAB. Past and continuing events include:

  • Courses in Grant Writing, Lab Management, Translational Science, & Job Skills
  • Structured programs in teaching and business entrepreneurship
  • Awards for career enhancement, travel, grant incentives, and internships

Because of its commitment to the success of postdoctoral fellows, UAB ranks consistently as one of the top locations among US universities for training postdoctoral scholars. Read more


Talking the Talk: New Careers For Today's Scientists

This fall, nationally recognized professionals in the field of science communication will come together on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to discuss diverse careers in this field, according to Dr. Lisa Schwiebert, PhD, Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology; Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education.

The science communication summit, “Talking the Talk: New Careers for Today’s Scientists”, will be held Friday, Oct. 3 at the UAB Hospital West Pavilion from noon to 4 p.m. followed by a “meet-up” social at Fuego. This is the first time that such an event has been held at UAB, says Dr. Schwiebert.

“This effort came out of ongoing conversation by students, trainees, and faculty around recommendations in reports like the 2012 NIH Future of the Biomedical Workforce Report, which stressed that graduate and postdoctoral training programs increase trainees’ awareness of careers outside of academic research.”

Science communicators, from both the West and East Coasts, will participate in a noon panel discussion on a range of options – from entrepreneurship to journalism to institutional communications – followed by networking opportunities and an informal meet up.

Speakers include Kirsten Sanford, Ph.D, neurophysiologist, creator/producer of “This Week in Science”, 2005 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow; Ben Young Landis, MEM, writer for the US Geological Survey, author of “Better Know a Fish” blog, and co-founder, Capital Science Communicators; Marla Broadfoot, Ph.D., a molecular geneticist, postdoc at NIH, former PIO at Duke University, and freelance science writer/author; and Russ Campbell, MLA, communications director for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and co-founder of the Science Communicators of North Carolina.

Dr. Schwiebert says this will not be the only event to explore alternative career choices for those studying the biomedical sciences at UAB: “We plan to use this event as a model for future events that focus upon business and entrepreneurship, science public policy, research administration, as well as academic research.”

Lunch will be provided. More details are available at this link, This event is being organized through a collaborative effort of the UAB School of Medicine, the UAB College of Arts & Sciences, the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success, the UAB Graduate School, and the UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education.














2014 Postdoctoral Apprecation Week: September 15 - 19

In honor of our Postdocs, we will be hosting a week of events for your pleasure. 

Attend a Special Seminar
Monday, September 15th at 12:00 p.m.
Located at the Edge of Chaos Atrium, Lister Hill Library, 1720 University Blvd.
Speaker Joe Thomas, Parter & Financial Adviser at Capstone Financial Group
"Financial Freedom"
Enjoy a delicious Lunch and prepare yourself for your Financial Future!

Enjoy Your Appreciation Luncheon
, September 16th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Located at Center Court Gymnasium, Campus Recreation Center, 1501 University Blvd. 
Enjoy a delicious Lunch with Giveaways in a Fun Atmosphere!  Postdocs and their Mentors are invited!

Attend a Special Seminar
Wednesday, September 17th from 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.
Located at Bevill Biomedical Research Building, Room 170, 845 19th Street South
"The NIH want YOU to create an IDP!"
Come learn about the new NIH Individual Development Plan requirement for all traininees funded by NIH grants.  Following the seminar, a "walk'in' session will be conducted for one-one-one assistance with IDPs.  Enjoy a delicious Lunch!

Postdoc Social Media Day
Thursday, September 18th All Day online and from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Located in the OPE office at Shelby 170, 1825 University Blvd.
The OPE and the Postdoc Association works hard to keep postdocs informed.  All postdocs are asked to join and solict others to join one of the PDA's social media groups and post as a part of their social media day.  Also, join us in the OPE office for a gathering of the minds for ideas and socializing.  Cake and punch will be served! 
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