Mentor: Dr. Marina Gorbatyuk, Associate Professor, Department of Optometry and Vision Science, School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham. mgortk@uab.edu.

Position Description:


The Department of Optometry and Vision Science invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to study the molecular mechanism of translational control in the retina of animal models of retinal degeneration. We are searching for a highly motivated scientist who is interested in discovery of the mechanism of retinal degeneration and design of neuroprotective strategies. Experience working with animal models (husbandry and genotyping), mammalian cell culture, protein and RNA analyses, and histology is essential. Expertize in vision functional and imaging analyses would be beneficial.  

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience or related disciplines with experience documented by first author publications.  Applicant needs to demonstrate independence and the ability to communicate.  Experience in writing scientific publications is required. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest together with comprehensive curriculum vitae and names of three references to mgortk@uab.edu. 

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 also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.