Mentor: Jason J. Nichols, OD MPH PhD., Professor, School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1716 University Blvd , Birmingham, Alabama 35294, Tel:

A full time position is available immediately at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry Ocular Surface Clinical Eye Research Facility (OcCERF) under the direction of Drs. Jason and Kelly Nichols. The position will be focused on clinical research and will include work on both investigator initiated and sponsored research in areas that may include dry eye disease, meibomian gland dysfunction, contact lenses, pharmaceuticals, allergy, and infection. While the work is clinical in nature, it may also include study related management activities, including recruitment, protocol development, regulatory documentation creation and management, development of reports and analyses, and presentation of findings.

Required qualifications include

  • OD or foreign equivalent and MS or PhD in vision science or related discipline
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with patients in a clinical or research setting
  • Willingness to work with a collaborative translational research team
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel

Preferred qualifications include

  • Experience or interest in cornea/contact lenses/anterior segment/dry eye/meibomian gland disease

Interested candidates should submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a brief statement of research background and career goals, and (3) contact information for three references. Letters of reference will only be requested for finalists for the position. Applications or questions can be sent to Dr. Jason Nichols @

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.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

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.