Mentor: Ceren Yarar-Fisher, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UAB School of Medicine, 

A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ceren Yarar-Fisher in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  The current focus in the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Laboratory is understanding the impact of:

  • skeletal muscle adaptation on the risk of developing metabolic disorders in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI);
  • neuromuscular electrical stimulation intervention on metabolic and hypertrophic adaptations in the paralyzed muscle;
  • early utilization of ketogenic diet on neuro-recovery and metabolism in patients with acute and sub-acute spinal cord injury; and
  • translating the findings of mechanisms underlying the etiology of metabolic disorders into the development of efficacious clinical and home-based nutrition and exercise interventions that will improve long-term health outcomes and quality of life in individuals with SCI.

The laboratory has three-funded projects from National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the areas of nutrition, metabolism, neuromuscular adaptations and neurorecovery in people with SCI. Approaches of studies include molecular biology, protein analyses, gene expression analyses, microbiome, metabolomics, electrophysiology, and clinical trials in rehabilitation science.  A talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with a Ph.D. degree in rehabilitation science, neuroscience, physiology, nutrition, kinesiology and exercise science or a related field preferred.

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and problem‐solving skills
  • Effective written and oral communication, including excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to write manuscripts and present research findings at national meetings
  • Ability to design human clinical research studies and analyze their data independently
  • Ability to work with others as a team

To apply: Please send the following to

  1. A cover letter summarizing research interests and accomplishments; describing how your skills, training, and experience fit with the lab; and explain how this work would fit with your future career goals;
  2. A complete CV with a publication list;
  3. Contact information for three references

Start date: July 2019 and later.

About our Postdoc Office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. 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 Office of Postdoctoral Education 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.

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.

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