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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  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 advertisement about UAB on a regular basis in journals such asScienceNature, and New Scientist.
  4. Opportunities for postdocs to compete twice yearly for Career Enhancement Awards (CEA) which provide up to $1500 for collaborative research with other universities, attending workshops or courses to learn new skills or internships up to 1 month.
  5. A twice-yearly grant writing workshop designed for postdoc participants to produce a grant at the end of the six week program. A Postdoctoral Scholar Award of $2000 is given to any postdoc who writes a grant and receives funding.
  6. Funding for postdocs to take 1 class 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. A recent seminar presented by the Associate Director of International Scholar and Student Services provided clarification about visa issues and recent visa changes.
  8. Open communication with the UAB Postdoctoral Association concerning issues of importance to postdocs.

UAB News

  • If successful, the PRESERVE-1 trial could be a significant clinical breakthrough in the treatment of the condition by prolonging pregnancy and improving outcomes. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has enrolled the first patient in the United States in a Phase III clinical trial for a drug to treat preeclampsia in pregnant women that, if successful, would be a significant clinical breakthrough for reducing pre-term births and infant mortality. ATryn®, or antithrombin...

  • Miss Alabama 2014 fourth runner-up KeLeigh Edwards was among a group of pageant queens who delivered gifts to children and family members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Women & Infants Center on Tues., July 22, 2014. The gifts, including blankets, baby and toys, went to the Regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the Continuing Care Nursery.

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...