The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Heersink School of Medicine (HSOM) is recruiting postdoctoral fellows as part of a new cohort-based Postdoctoral Fellowship program titled Brain-PRIME (Postdoctoral Research Initiative for Multidisciplinary Exploration). This initiative is part of a major school-wide strategic investment in the neurosciences, and builds upon recent  recruitment efforts at the faculty level. Recruitment is for PhD or PhD/MD scientists to pursue basic or translational research in existing research laboratories in one or more of 27 academic departments across the HSOM. Program benefits include:

  • Supplemented stipends, starting at $70,000/year
  • Professional development funds ($5,000/year)
  • Advanced career mentoring and career development training
  • Preferred access to UAB HSOM lab of choice
  • Streamlined cohort-based application process

Applications can be submitted here, and should include an academic CV, a statement of research interests and career goals, a list of up to three potential research mentors in the UAB HSOM, and three references. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis by a committee under the guidance of the HSOM Brain Health and Disease Across the Lifespan task force, and finalists will be selected for an on-campus visit. Start dates will be flexible within six months of an offer.

Eligibility criteria

Prospective UAB Brain-PRIME fellows should currently hold a PhD or MD and have a track record of research accomplishments. Current UAB Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible for this program.

Institutional Environment

Driven by an intensely collaborative and entrepreneurial character, UAB is one of the leading economic engines in Alabama, with a nearly $4 billion budget and a statewide economic impact exceeding $12.1 billion annually. With nearly 1,700 faculty and almost 1,200 medical and graduate students, the UAB HSOM ranks 26th nationally in federal research funding and in the top 15 for all public institutions. Total research expenditures at UAB exceeded $715 million in 2022. 

Successful applicants will join one of the strongest neuroscience environments in the country. The UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC) has more than 450 neuroscience research faculty, clinicians, staff, students & trainees representing 32 UAB departments across 9 UAB schools and spanning a diverse range of neuroscience research areas. The CNC serves as a focal point for basic and applied neuroscience research at UAB. In addition, UAB is home to many additional neuroscience-relevant centers, including the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC), Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics (CNET), the Center for Addiction and Pain Prevention and Intervention, an NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, Multiple Sclerosis Center, Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory, Advanced Imaging Facility, UAB Neuroengineering and Brain-Computer Interface Initiative, and Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute. Please provide hyperlinks to all the centers and institutes listed above.

UAB also offers a strong postdoctoral community, in partnership with the Office for Postdoctoral Education. Together with the Postdoc Association and Black Postdoc Association, the Office for Postdoctoral Education works to develop career opportunities that enhance and define the training experience for all postdoctoral scholars at UAB.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Faculty mentors 

View a list of faculty mentors. 


Contact Dr. Jeremy Day (Brain-PRIME Program Director).