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

  • UAB School of Public Health research published in the journal Obesity shows seeing, hearing and smelling others’ eating foods can cause low birthweight in offspring among mice.While studies have shown that what a mother eats during pregnancy can affect her offspring, it could be that what she sees others eating can also affect her offspring. New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health explores the influence it has in a...

  • 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...

UAB Research News

  • Money raised from the annual fundraiser goes toward research and scholarships in the SOO.The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry is hosting its annual Dean’s Community Advisory Committee golf tournament to benefit scholarships, research and renovations for the school at 11 a.m. Monday, April 27, at the Inverness Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive. This tournament has raised enough money to endow a $100,000 research fund and three $25,000 scholarships. Cost to participate for teams...

  • UAB will receive funding from the AHA over the next four years to complete projects in population health, clinical and basic science, focused on high blood pressure.The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of four institutions selected to study high blood pressure as part of the American Heart Association’s new Strategically Focused Research Network on hypertension. The AHA will support the Strategically Focused Research Network on hypertension with an investment of $15 million over four years,...