Mentor: Erwin G. Van Meir, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery; Associate Director, O’Neil Comprehensive Cancer Center; University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham, AL, evanmeir@uab.edu 


Postdoctoral fellow positions are available to participate in NIH-R01 funded studies of molecular mechanisms and therapy development for cancer. Fellows are expected to be independent, capable of leading their own research projects and be in charge of all aspects of their project from conception, data generation and analysis to grant submissions and preparation of scientific publications under the guidance of the PI.

Available projects include:

  1. Tumor suppressor functions of adhesion GPCR BAI1 in brain tumors
  2. Role of adhesion GPCR receptor BAI3 in WNT medulloblastoma formation
  3. Defining the mechanisms of new small molecule anti-cancer therapeutics
  4. Mechanisms of cancer resistance to therapy

The laboratory has an established track record of translational research in the field of cancer and applicants are encouraged to do a Pubmed search under “van meir e” or access the PIs google scholar profile here to familiarize themselves with the lab’s research. 

The laboratory is located in the Wallace Tumor Institute building and is part of the NCI-designated O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, thus providing an outstanding and stimulating scientific environment with multiple supportive core facilities and shared resources. UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. The Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) at UAB provides mentoring and career guidance and postdocs benefit from a faculty mentoring committee that guides their training and progress. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB. Postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They may also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other attractive benefits. 

Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in the biomedical sciences (molecular biology, biochemistry, cancer biology, drug discovery and related disciplines), mastery of oral and written English and hold a valid working permit. Prior experience with animal models of cancer and bioinformatics are an advantage. The initial appointment is set for 12 months, followed by annual renewal based on mutual agreement. Salary is commensurate with experience and Institutional guidelines. Interested applicants should send application materials by email to evanmeir@uab.edu. The application materials should include: a current CV with names and contact information of three references and a brief statement of career goals, research background and interests. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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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.