Mentor: Dr. Beatriz Y. Hanaoka, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center;  Telephone: (205) 996-0843 Fax: (205) 934-6734; Email:  
For questions regarding eligibility, program requirements and the application process, please contact Carol A. Ballinger, PhD, 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 172G, Birmingham, AL  35294-2182;  Telephone:  (205) 934-0964;  Fax:  (205) 934-1564; Email:

Postdoctoral Position Available

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

Broad research areas include studying the reasons behind the decline in skeletal muscle function and physical activity in patients with rheumatic diseases; and examining the molecular pathways that contribute to increased cardiovascular disease risk in RA patients. We have ongoing clinical and translational research focused on understanding at a mechanistic level the metabolic and physiologic abnormalities of skeletal muscle in RA patients. We are investigating if insulin resistance is an underlying cause of skeletal muscle dysfunction in RA patients by conducting clinical trials utilizing pharmacotherapy, as well as diet and exercise interventions.  

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.  The ideal candidate will have a solid Biology/Chemistry background, experience in basic molecular biology methods and familiarity with histology. Prior experience with clinical research and/ or willingness to assist with recruitment and day-to-day operation of clinical research and data collection activities are a plus.

Please contact Dr. Carol A. Ballinger, to facilitate the application process.

Postdoc Awards and Benefits 

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.