Mentor: Dr. Jarred Younger, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, School of College of Arts & Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Email:

Position summary:

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead clinical research studies in Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Gulf War Illness (GWI), and other pain and fatigue disorders.

About the lab:

Our group is dedicated to curing chronic pain and fatigue conditions, with a focus on developing new diagnostic techniques and treatments for brain inflammation. We conduct clinical trials of pharmaceutical and botanical treatments, neuroimaging studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), observational analyses of inflammatory disease markers, and experimental immune tests with endotoxin and other agents. More information about the laboratory can be found at: 




Position description:

The Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead clinical studies in individuals with chronic pain and fatigue. The postdoc will manage NIH- and DoD-funded studies that are exploring the role of brain inflammation in fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, and GWI. The postdoc will lead a research team of graduate and undergraduate researchers to ensure these projects are conducted with the highest scientific and ethical rigor. The postdoc will be responsible for managing/supervising participant recruitment and screening, data collection and analysis, and scientific presentation (e.g., manuscripts).

The position is initially for two years, though several of the funding lines could support additional years.

Compensation and benefits:

Salary will be negotiated, with the typical salary being approximately $55,000/year. Full medical/dental/vision benefits are provided.

The postdoc will have the opportunity to pursue his or her own projects, and apply for extramural training or project funding. They will also have the opportunity to take lead on manuscripts.  Therefore, this position may particularly benefit individuals who desire to establish an independent research career.

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate-level research or clinical degree is required for this position. Candidates must have experience conducting human research studies. As our studies currently involve human brain imaging, the candidate should have an interest in learning MRI and PET imaging techniques, though previous experience is not required. 

Other Requirements:

Applicants should be comfortable interacting with patient populations on the phone and in-person, as well as working with and leading scientific teams. The applicant should have strong organization, communication, and team-building skills. The ideal postdoc will also be a curious scientific thinker, a quick learner, and highly motivated to conduct chronic pain and fatigue research.

About the University:

UAB is currently ranked as the #1 Young U.S. University by Times Higher Education, and #1 U.S. University for Postdoctoral Fellows by The Scientist. It is ranked #20 of all U.S. institutions in annual NIH funding.

To Apply:

Questions about the position can be forwarded to Dr. Jarred Younger:

To submit an application for the position, please submit a CV and statement of interest to

About our Postdoc Office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. 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 Office of Postdoctoral Education 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.

About the University:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or call (205) 934-8762. Or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.