Mentor: Timothy J. Gawne PhD., Associate Professor, School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1716 University Blvd , Birmingham, Alabama 35294, Tel: E-mail;

A full time post-doctoral position is available immediately at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry, under the direction of Dr. Timothy Gawne. The goal of this work is to use animal models to investigate the development of myopia. Here at UAB we have a unique resource: a colony of tree shrews, diurnal mammals with excellent vision that are very closely related to primates. This site has a long track record of using these animals for this purpose, and a wealth of related technical procedures have been developed and are currently in active use. The work will explore the optical cues that the post-natal developing eye uses to regulate its growth to achieve good focus, a process termed emmetropization. The work will also involve the biochemical and genetic correlates of emmetropization in the retina and sclera.

While the work is basic science in nature, it may also include study-related management activities, including protocol development, regulatory documentation creation and management, development of reports and analyses, and presentation of findings.

Required qualifications include

  • PhD (or equivalent post-graduate degree) in vision science or related discipline
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with animals in a research setting
  • Willingness to work with a collaborative research team

Preferred qualifications include

  •  Experience or interest in the basic science of the development of myopia

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. Timothy Gawne at

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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.