Mentor: Dr. Etty (Tika) Benveniste, PhD, Senior Vice Dean for Basic Sciences, School of Medicine (SOM), Associate Vice President for Medicine and Basic Sciences, Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); Phone: 205-934-7667; Email:

Research will be conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Tika Benveniste, PhD. The position involves the study of immune-nervous system interactions in animal models of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.

His/her duties will be:

  • Work in pre-clinical models of MS and PD to evaluate how the immune system contributes to neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration.
  • Analyze immune cells that infiltrate into the CNS by flow cytometry and RNAseq.
  • Use of small molecule inhibitors of various immune signaling pathways (JAK/STAT and CK2) to determine contribution to disease pathogenesis. 

Qualifications: A PhD or equivalent degree is required. Highly motivated postdoctoral candidates with strong research background in immunology, neurobiology, flow cytometry, molecular biology, tissue culture, RNAseq and animal research are especially encouraged to apply. 

About UAB: UAB is a major 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 the nation. UAB has been ranked the top young university in the United States and the No. 12 young university worldwide in the Times Higher Education 2019 Young University Rankings. The UAB faculty is renowned for its excellence in interdisciplinary research programs. The successful candidates have opportunities to accept education and training in multiple- & interdisciplinary research environment. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from all background are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send application materials to Dr. Tika Benveniste

The application materials should include: a current CV with contact information of at least two references and a brief statement of career goals, research background and interests.

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.