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

  • Stephen Carter will attend the Experimental Biology Conference in late March to receive his award.Stephen J. Carter, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Human Studies and the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, has been awarded the American Physiological Society’s Environmental and Exercise Physiology (EEP) section Partnership for Clean Competition New Investigator Award. The award recognizes outstanding experimental research in environmental, exercise or thermal physiology by a postdoctoral fellow involving ergogenics and detection...

  • 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...

UAB Research News

  • Leadership UAB Class of 2015 has been announced.The University of Alabama at Birmingham has announced its 2015 Leadership UAB class. These dynamic business and community leaders were nominated by leaders in their respective industries and were selected because of their leadership abilities and community-mindedness. This year’s class represents a cross-section of Birmingham’s corporate, civic and volunteer organizations. At events throughout the year, members will learn about the exciting research, medical, educational and entrepreneurial activities taking place at...

  • Brian Nykanen is a Cadet in the Army ROTC and honors student.Brian Austin Nykanen, a University of Alabama at Birmingham junior neuroscience major and a Cadet in the Army ROTC at UAB, is a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. Nykanen, who has a 3.9 grade-point average in the highly challenging neuroscience program, is a member of the UAB Honors College’s Experiential Learning Scholars Program. This past semester, he was the Reserve Officer Training Corps Battalion Command...