Mentor: Dr. Constanza Cortes, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, THT 927, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294.  Telephone: (205) 975-8943, Email:

The Cortes lab is looking for a talented, highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to join an NIH-funded, rapidly expanding multidisciplinary research team focused on uncovering new diagnostics and therapeutic targets for brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease. 

We focus on uncovering novel molecular and cellular mechanisms of healthy brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), using transgenic mouse models to investigate how skeletal muscle contributes to CNS aging and AD-development. More information on the Cortes lab can be found here: 

Qualifications: The successful candidate should have (or soon receive) a PhD in Neuroscience, Physiology, or a related discipline. Candidates with backgrounds in neurodegenerative disease, aging and/or skeletal muscle are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those with experience in rodent behavioral testing, rodent surgery (stereotaxic, parabiosis), molecular biology, or research related to aging.  Potential candidates should also possess good verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work independently, and an interest in mentoring young scientists and applying for independent funding. Prior experience with animal handling is required.

About UAB: UAB has been ranked the top young university in the United States for the second year in a row and secured a spot as the No. 12 young university worldwide in the Times Higher Education 2019 Young University Rankings. The successful candidate will join an exciting research environment in an NIH-funded lab, working within UAB’s Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics (CNET), Nathan Shock Center (NSC) and the Center for Exercise Medicine. The UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education provides extensive training opportunities, and there are a multitude of active T32 training grants we qualify for, as well as a MERIT-IRACDA training fellowship. UAB ranks consistently as one of the top locations among US universities for training postdoctoral scholars. 

To Apply: please send a CV, contact information for three references and a brief letter describing research experience and interests to Dr. Constanza Cortes

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.

The NCI-designated UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers. 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.