Mentor: Yang Zhou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine & School of Engineering 

The Zhou Lab at the Department of Biomedical Engineering the University of Alabama at Birmingham (, is seeking for highly motivated and passionate postdoctoral research fellows to join our new and supportive group. We have just received new NIH funding and have several ongoing projects to investigate how the transcriptional factors regulate cell fate conversion using state-of-the-art genomic approaches (single cell RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, CUT&Tag-seq, etc.). Candidates are expected to perform integrative bioinformatics analyses using multiple genomic data we have generated, write manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals, engage in ongoing collaborations, and help to train and mentor lab personnel. There are also abundant opportunities for collaboration with other groups at UAB, and at other institutions. Interested candidates are encouraged to read our recent publications: Cell stem cell 2019, 25 (1), 149-164. e9; Circulation 2020, 141 (21), 1720-1723; Nature 2017, 551 (7678), 100-104; Cell reports 2017, 20 (13), 3014-3024; Cell stem cell 2016, 18 (3), 382-395; Cancer cell 2016, 30 (1), 92-107.


Applicants are required to have an M.D. or Ph.D. in biological science or computational biology and substantial experience conducting independent research, with at least one first author publication in an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Prior experience in bioinformatics is highly desired. Preference will be given to candidates with in-depth training in research involving next-generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatic analyses. Stipend will be commensurate with experience.

To apply:

Please email a cover letter with a brief description of your research background and interests along with your CV and contact information of three references to Dr. Yang Zhou (

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.

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