What Can the OPE Do For You?

The Office of Postdoctoral Education provides:

  1. website location for faculty to advertise their available positions for potential Postdoctoral candidates to review. Send a description of the available position for posting to lluck@uab.edu.
  2. An information packet for faculty to give to Postdoc candidates during recruiting and interviewing. The packet includes information about Birmingham and UAB Postdoctoral issues such as insurance, vacation, maternity leave, policies and procedures, and available awards.
  3. Informational advertisements about UAB on a regular basis in journals such as Science, New Scientist andvarious on-line publications.
  4. Opportunities for Postdocs to compete twice yearly for the Career Enhancement Awards (CEA) which provide up to $1,500.00 for collaborative research with other universities, attending workshops or courses to learn new skills or internships up to 1 month. Our Travel Awards provide $500.00 for Postdocs to enhance their development by traveling to national or international scientific meetings for the purpose of giving an oral presentation.  Another OPE competitive award, Internship Award, provides the funding to experience another learning environment in industrial, academics, or administrative settings for up to six weeks. The Postdoctoral Scholar Award of $1,000.00 is given to any Postdoc who writes a grant and receives funding.
  5. A Grant Writing Course designed for Postdoc participants to produce a grant at the end of the six week program.  We also provide a Lab Management Course designed for Postdocs participants to learn budget management, safe lab practices, and career management.  The Translational Medicine Course will introduce every aspect of preparing and conducting a clinical and translational science research program.  Finally, a Job Skill Course designed to describe an array of career options outside academic research, help you build a resume, and develop and implement a career management plan.
  6. Funding for Postdocs to take 6 hours each year that would enhance career development.  Professional Development classes in areas such as English as a 2nd language, presentation skills, or research ethics are some that are frequently taken.
  7. Workshops or seminars on topics of interest to Postdocs are conducted on an on-going basis.
  8. Open communication with the UAB Postdoctoral Association concerning issues of importance to Postdocs.
  9. Available to help mentors or Postdocs with questions or problems that may arise.
   

Postdocs in UAB News

  • Early palliative care offers statistically beneficial effects on patient survival and family caregiver burden, according to articles published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.Two papers recently published by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing researchers in the Journal of Clinical Oncology highlight the need for a “culture shift” by clinicians and the general public to engage palliative care services long before a person reaches the final stage of life. Two articles reporting on 207...

  • Tollefsbol will donate the $5,000 award to a graduate student award fund.A biology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded the 2015 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction as a result of the quality of his scholarship and impact on his field. Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology, is a leader in the growing field of epigenetics. Tollefsbol is...

UAB Research News

  • The runx2 master transcription factor functions differently in chondrocytes and osteoblasts, two key cells in bone formation.Amjad Javed and Haiyan Chen examine the effect of a runx2 deletion on bone mineralization. Amjad Javed, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has taken a major step forward in understanding the bone development function of a gene called runx2, which could lead to future ways to speed bone healing, aid bone bioengineering, stem osteoporosis and reduce...

  • Early palliative care offers statistically beneficial effects on patient survival and family caregiver burden, according to articles published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.Two papers recently published by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing researchers in the Journal of Clinical Oncology highlight the need for a “culture shift” by clinicians and the general public to engage palliative care services long before a person reaches the final stage of life. Two articles reporting on 207...