Mentor: Jianguo Gu, MB, PhD, Professor | Edward A. Ernst, MD Endowed Chair Director for Pain Research, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Alabama, email:

The Pain Research Program in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham announces an open position for a postdoctoral research fellow or a research associate in Jianguo Gu’s Pain Research Laboratory. We are seeking an ambitious and motivated postdoctoral candidate who is interested in research into cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying pathological pain conditions. We are specifically focused on ion channels and their functions in sensory transduction, conduction and transmission under both physiological and pathological conditions. We employ multidisciplinary approaches including electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology, and animal behavioral assessment to conduct pain research. 
The position is available immediately, and applications will be evaluated until the position is filled. The position has a term of at least three years. 
Qualified candidates with a PhD degree in biomedical field and experience in sensory physiology and/or pain research will be given top priority.
Interested candidates should submit a single document containing updated CV, brief personal statement describing research interests and career goals, and contact information for three references. Please directly email the document to Dr. Jianguo Gu 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’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.