Mentor: Dr. Melissa Harris, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences,  University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Position Description:

The Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, seeks a motivated Postdoctoral Trainee to join a team of researchers within the lab of Dr. Melissa Harris. The Harris Lab investigates the molecular and genetic mechanisms that influence stem cell maintenance and contribute to stem cell aging. The lab uses cellular, genetic and genomic approaches within the mouse animal model to decipher the gene regulatory networks that govern stem cell fate choice and stem cell quiescence over time. The Harris Lab uses the melanocyte stem cell of the hair follicle as a system to interrogate both autonomous, and non-autonomous contributions to stem cell maintenance. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with interest in transcriptional regulation, stem cells and aging. Individuals with experience pertaining to any of these topics are encouraged to apply. Additional information about the Harris Lab can found here:

The Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is home to a nexus of investigators focused on the basic biology of aging and age-related pathologies using mouse models.  It is also home to one of six NIH-supported Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. UAB is consistently rated as one of the finest universities in the country for postdoctoral studies.


  1. Applicants must hold a PhD degree in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics or a related discipline.
  2. Prior experience in chromatin immunoprecipitation, next-generation sequencing and analysis (ChIP-seq, RNA-seq) is desirable. Familiarity with pigment cell biology, aging biology, and mouse husbandry is advantageous, but not required.
  3. The successful candidate should have a proven track record with publications. Strong motivation, good communication skills and the ability to work independently are required.
Interested candidate should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact details of three references to:
Dr. Melissa Harris
Department of Biology, UAB

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’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.