Mentor: Craig Powell, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Department of Neurobiology, UAB School of Medicine,

Postdoctoral fellows are needed to investigate the molecular, cellular, and circuit-level mechanisms for autism, intellectual disability, and related cognitive disorders. The Powell Laboratory uses molecular, cellular, biochemical, electrophysiological, and circuit-level approaches to understand how genetic mutations lead to altered brain/circuit function to alter autism and intellectual disability-related behavior. This multidisciplinary approach is used to identify novel therapeutic strategies and to test those strategies in preclinical studies before translation into patient-oriented studies.

Candidates should submit the following items:

  •     Cover letter indicating current and future research interests and expected availability date
  •     Curriculum Vitae
  •     Description of past research experience and accomplishments
  •     Names and contact information of three referees

To apply for this position or for more information, please contact Dr. Powell at

About the University:

UAB pursues the frontiers of education, research and health care and strives to be one of the most dynamic and productive universities of the 21st century. Our strategic plan, Forging the Future, is our roadmap for the next five years of growth. It outlines goals that share three themes: increasing access to our world-class educational programs, patient care, and research; enhancing the alignment of people and programs to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of 21st-century curricula, scientific investigation, and creative scholarship; and investing in grand ideas to tackle major problems facing society.

About the Department:

UAB Department of Neurobiology was founded in 1996. It is one of the Joint Health Science departments in the UAB Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The department currently has 14 primary faculty members complimented by a diverse secondary faculty. Evidence of the faculty's national and international impact in fundamental neuroscience research includes: their substantial number of publications in high impact journals; appointments to editorial boards and editorships of leading neuroscience journals; appointments to NIH and NSF study sections and review boards; awards of over 28 million dollars in annual research grant funds; and numerous invitations to speak at national and international research symposia. Faculty members also have received numerous national and international awards recognizing excellence in research and training.

About our Postdoc office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 250 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. 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.