Postdoctoral Definition

A postdoctoral scholar at UAB is expected to:

  • participate in a full-time regimen of advanced training and research
  • train under the supervision and direction of a faculty research mentor who will provide the opportunity for collaborative and independent research, as well as promote publication of findings as determined by mutual agreement between the postdoctoral scholar and the mentor
  • train as a postdoc, including all relevant academic activities related to the preparation for a career in research or academia. These are typically; manuscript preparation of research findings, reading broadly the literature, manuscript reviewing, presentations at meetings, attendance and presentation at seminars, organization and attendance at training related activities (including Grantsmanship workshops) and limited training in teaching related activities. All these activities should have the objective of enhancing the performance of the postdoc in the pursuit of the research related projects from which they draw their support. In many cases the training component of a postdoctoral fellowship may involve the joint preparation and development of proposals for extramural funding
  • have a temporary appointment, usually for a period of one year with the possibility of annual re-appointment for up to an additional three years, for a total not to exceed four years unless by exception of the Associate Dean of the Office of Postdoctoral Education
  • have been awarded a Fellowship or Traineeship or equivalent support for studies at the postdoctoral level

It is strongly recommended that a person who falls into one of the following categories NOT be appointed as a postdoctoral scholar:

  • registered students or candidates for a degree at UAB even if they already hold a doctoral degree
  • registered Residents and Clinic Fellows
  • individuals appointed for less than one year
 

Postdocs in UAB News

  • Poster sessions and guest lecturers celebrate Darwin’s legacy.To honor the 206th birthday of legendary evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, the University of Alabama at Birmingham will host Darwin Day on Thursday, Feb. 12, and Friday, Feb. 13. The events will celebrate scientific research in evolutionary biology and other disciplines. “Charles Darwin’s great discovery, the principle of natural selection, is more relevant to science than ever before,” said Steven Austad, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biology. “For...

  • Precious time is lost waiting for laboratory test results for people battling this infection. With the help of medical device startup Kypha Inc., one UAB researcher’s work could change this.Theresa Ramos and Scott BarnumMeningitis research efforts two decades in the making could soon come to fruition through a partnership between investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a medical device startup, with assistance from the UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Laboratory test results...

UAB Research News

  • An interdisciplinary UAB research team hopes to learn more about how emotions might keep people from getting enough exercise. Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, but many people struggle to get enough exercise to make such a resolution stick. University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers want to help women get more exercise by finding out the underlying issues that might keep them from exercising. Researchers are recruiting women ages 25-44 with...

  • Research to Prevent Blindness has given UAB’s Department of Ophthalmology a grant to further research of retinal and optic nerve diseasesResearch to Prevent Blindness has awarded a grant of $115,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases. “We are very appreciative of the generous support from Research to Prevent Blindness. This grant will enable us to...