Mentor Obligations

Postdoctoral research opportunities at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are intended to foster the training of basic and clinical research scientists. Included within this goal is the concept that postdoctoral scholars, with the guidance of their mentors, will develop a scientific project that utilizes the creativity and independence of the scholar. In this spirit, the mentor will provide adequate facilities, funds and the appropriate guidance to achieve the agreed upon goals of the project. In addition, mentors should provide guidance in critical review of scientific information, grant writing, manuscript writing and preparation and in the art of performing research. Mentors should also advise and, as possible, aid scholars in decisions regarding future employment potential and career paths. Mentor review of postdoctoral scholar performance and career development should be conducted at least once per year. Unsatisfactory job performance or failure to comply with University standards of conduct should be discussed with the postdoc and documented in writing.

*Adapted with permission from Emory University Office of Postdoctoral Education website at

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UAB Research News

  • New drugs to slow or even prevent Parkinson’s could be in human studies as early as 2015.Written by Matt Windsor An enzyme closely associated with genetic forms of Parkinson’s disease appears to play a larger role in its progression than previously thought, say investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The new research offers encouraging evidence that drugs to block this enzyme, known as leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 or LRRK2, could slow — or even...

  • UAB School of Nursing's federally funded study shows both the patient and caregiver benefit from early palliative care.The earlier a specific phone-based, palliative care support program can be introduced to caregivers, the better they will be able to cope with the caregiving experience, according to research conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing investigators. The patient outcomes from the study, known as ENABLE III, were presented June 3 at the American Society of...