Mentor: Jamil Saad, PhD,  Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine. 

A postdoc position is currently available in the laboratory of Dr. Jamil Saad at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Our research program is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms of retroviral assembly. We use a set of biochemical, biophysical and structural biology tools to characterize protein-protein, protein-lipid, and protein-membrane interactions critical for virus replication. Our lab is equipped with resources needed to conduct a wide range of experiments in biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular and structural biology. We have unrestricted access to three high-field Bruker NMR instruments (600, 700 and 850 MHz) all equipped with cryoprobes. Our lab also uses cryo-EM spectroscopy techniques to determine structures of large protein-membrane assemblies.   

The research environment at UAB is highly interactive with extensive collaborations among basic science, translational, and clinical faculty. These interactions are stimulated by multidisciplinary centers such as Center for AIDS Research, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Program in Structural Biology. 

Candidates are expected to have good communication skills and must hold a Ph.D. degree in any of the following: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology or Biophysics. If you are interested, please send your CV to Dr. Jamil Saad (

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.

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.