Mentor:  Zdenek Hel, PhD, Associate Professor,  Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1825 University Blvd, Birmingham AL 35294-2182. E-mail: zhel@uab.edu 


A Postdoctoral position is available in the field of immunology of HIV-1, cancer, and other disorders in the research group of Dr. Zdenek Hel at the Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. UAB was ranked among top 10 US public universities in total NIH funding in past several years and the Department of Pathology consistently ranks among the best in the country.

The focus of the laboratory of Dr. Hel is to understand the role of neutrophils and other innate immune cell populations in the regulation of immune responses in chronic infections, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. Neutrophils, the largest circulating immune cell population in the body, have been traditionally recognized as essential innate immune effector cells. However, this view is significantly changing due to recently accumulated evidence that highlights the role played by neutrophils in the regulation of function of other cell types including T cells, macrophages, and dendritic cells. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), chromatin-based structures extruded from neutrophils upon activation, mediate the development of liver disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.  We address the role of neutrophils and NETs in multiple disorders including HIV-1 infection, cancer, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, combined immunodeficiency, cardiovascular disease, and others.

The laboratory has several NIH-funded projects. Approaches of studies include immunology, molecular biology, protein analyses, flow cytometry, high throughput gene expression analyses, microbiome, clinical research/trials, targeted therapies, and studies in pre-clinical mouse models. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Priority will be given to qualified candidates with a strong background in immunology, cell culture, and molecular biology. The candidate will be expected to write and think independently with passion for innovative research. He/she should be able to analyse data and write manuscripts. Competitive applicants should have a proven track record with publications. Competitive salary (with benefits) will follow NIH guidelines commensurate with training and experience.  

More info about the division and laboratory can be found at: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/pathology/divisions-sidemenu/molecular-a-cellular

To apply, please send a letter describing your research experience, interests, and future career goals, your CV, and contact information for three references electronically to Zdenek Hel, PhD, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA; E-mail address: zhel@uab.edu.

Postdoc Awards and Benefits: UAB is a highly collegial and interactive environment that has an active Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) which provides mentoring and career guidance. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. A Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards is held annually. To learn more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham, please visit http://uab.edu/home. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and family-friendly environment.