Mentor: Michael Birrer MD PhD,  Professor, Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.  University of Alabama at Birmingham, E-mail:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center (UAB CCC) is one of the most prestigious in the country. It was one of the first eight NCI-designated Cancer Centers in 1972 and has been continuously funded for 46 years. It is the only CCC in a four-state region in the Deep South. The UAB CCC treats over 5,000 new cancer patients annually and has an extensive effort focused on delivering cancer care and conducting research in underserved populations. The UAB CCC has over 400 members conducting outstanding cancer research in six scientific programs.  Center members receive approximately $100 million in extramural cancer research funds annually, including multiple program projects and large “team science” grants. UAB is one of 42 institutions with an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award, which supports translational research and creates a supportive environment that synergizes with the UAB CCC to promote young investigators.


Post-doctoral researcher positions are available in the laboratory of Michael Birrer MD PhD focusing on the genomics of ovarian cancer and how an understanding of this can be translated into the better management of the patients suffering from the disease. Dr. Birrer is the Director of the UAB CCC and his laboratory is located in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wallace Tumor Institute, UAB Medical Center,

Specific projects include: biomarker identification in early stage ovarian cancer, identification of “driver” genes in advanced stage ovarian cancer, proteomic analysis of platinum resistant ovarian cancer, creation of 3D and mouse models of ovarian cancer, testing of novel therapeutic agents against the disease, and characterizing the molecular features of long-term survivors.


Doctoral Degree in cancer/cell/molecular biology, proteomics, computational biology, biochemistry or related field required. Expertise in tissue culture, protein biochemistry & molecular biology technique, immunofluorescence microscopy RNAseq, analysis of large datasets, animal work preferred. Requires successful completion of a background check; qualified candidates may be asked to complete a pre-employment physical including a drug screen.

Applicants need to submit their current curriculum vitae to Please indicate Post-Doctoral application in the title of the email.

UAB CCC offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, participation in workshops and conferences, high quality shared resources, and many opportunities for continued professional development.

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, veterans and minorities.  

About UAB:

UAB is a highly collegial and interactive environment. UAB 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. A Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards is held annually. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and family-friendly environment. To learn more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham, please visit

About our Postdoc office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 250 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. 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.