Mentor: Dr. Joanne Murphy-Ullrich, Professor, Department of Pathology, UAB School of Medicine,

Position Description:

This post-doctoral position will focus on the identification and mechanistic testing of lead compounds (antagonists of thrombospondin 1-TGF-beta) for applications in cancer, immunotherapy, and fibrosis. The candidate will be involved in functional screening of small molecules using both ELISA and cell-based tests, protein purification, development of other cell-based tests, and testing of these compounds in rodent models of fibrosis and certain cancers. Some experience in immunoassays is also desirable.

Candidates must have a recent Ph.D. in biochemistry, cell biology, or immunology preferred.  Priority will be given to qualified candidates with a strong background in use of animal models, cell culture, molecular biology and protein biochemistry. The candidate will be expected to write manuscripts, critically assess the scientific literature, and present his/her work at scientific meetings and assist with training of graduate level personnel in the lab.  Good communication skills and the ability to work with other team members are essential.

Salary (with benefits) will follow NIH guidelines commensurate with training and experience. Competitive applicants should have a proven record of accomplishment with publications and the potential for career development. UAB is collegial environment with a strong Office of Post-Doctoral Education ( Birmingham has a mild climate, affordable housing, and a growing restaurant/entertainment scene with access to mountains and beaches within a few hours’ drive.

Candidate should contact Dr. Joanne Murphy-Ullrich, Department of Pathology, UAB, at Please provide your curriculum vitae, names and contact information of 3 references, and a statement of career goals.

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.