Mentor:  Dr. Aftab Ahmad, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology- Pulmonary Vascular Biology, Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham, 901 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294.  Email:

Postdoctoral position openings are available immediately in the area of pulmonary biology. The positions entail basic translational research (a) to investigate the role of hypoxic factors in pulmonary hypertension and (b) to investigate the role of extracellular RNA in chemical-induced lung injury.

A Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or a related discipline is required. Experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: (i) animal handling, husbandry and restraint, as well as minor survival surgeries in rats and mice, to include intratracheal and intravenous drug administration and sample collection, as well as necropsy, (ii) standard molecular techniques, including molecular cloning, PCR, RealTime PCR, RNA and DNA isolations and western blots, (iii) cell culture techniques and transfections, (iv) pulmonary hemodynamic measurements, (v) lung morphometric techniques and (vi) animal imaging. The applicant is also expected to design experiments and write manuscripts. Opportunities for advancement are available. Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter to Dr. Aftab Ahmad at 

Postdoc Awards and Benefits 

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 OPE 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‚Äôs 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.