Director: S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD, Anna Lois Waters Professor of Medicine, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology,  Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center; Mailing Address: UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology 1720 2nd Avenue South, SHEL 176, Birmingham, AL  35294-2182  Telephone:  (205) 934-0897  Fax:  (205) 934-1564; Email: For questions regarding eligibility, program requirements and the application process, please contacy Stephanie Stafford Miller at

Contact:  Stephanie Stafford Miller, MS, Administrative Director, Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center (, UAB School of Medicine;  Mailing Address:  UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, 1720 2nd Avenue South, SHEL 177F, Birmingham, AL  35294-2182;  Telephone:  (205) 934-7423;  Fax:  (205) 934-1564; Email:

Postdoctoral Position Available

Postdoctoral positions funded through a T32 training grant are currently available to trainees who have received doctoral degrees and wish to pursue careers in clinical, translational, and basic science research in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases research.

The Training Program should include both a well-defined research program that emphasizes science relevant to NIAMS and more specifically, rheumatic and/or musculoskeletal diseases, and T32-specific mentoring and educational efforts that foster continued development of the trainee in research in NIAMS mission areas.  Research projects can be chosen from among the laboratories of nearly 100 of the 242 CAMBAC faculty mentors.  The CAMBAC mission has six research foci from which to choose ( and we will facilitate pairing applicants with an appropriate mentor(s). 

Application Requirements:  The candidate must be a US citizen or permanent resident.  Candidate must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy), D.S.W., Psy.D, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research).  Positions are made on an annual basis with additional opportunities for continued funding with sufficient progress.  Successful candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to an academic research career. Contact Stephanie Stafford Miller at to facilitate the application process.

 Available:  Amount of award is dependent on the applicant’s experience and follows NIH guidelines for NRSA stipend levels, $1,000 in travel funds and affiliated health insurance, tuition and fees.

Postdoc Awards and Benefits 

Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The OPE strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

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.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or call (205) 934-8762. Or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.