Mentors:  Dr. James H. Rimmer, Professor and Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences email:  and Dr. Mohanraj Thirumalai, Assistant Professor and Director of Information and Communication Technology for UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative email:           

RERC RecTech is part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham /Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative and we are seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. The primary mission of the RERC Rec-Tech is to expand new knowledge and research on teleexercise and recreation technologies for people with disabilities, and to disseminate technology development through education, training and collaboration with private sectors. To learn more about RecTech, visit

 The Center currently includes Research & Development initiatives focused on 1) designing, developing and testing the efficacy of an exercise decision support system for people with disabilities; 2) developing a wheelchair accessible active video gaming controller and an RCT study using the controller; 3) developing an upper and lower body exercise device with several unique features and connected to an virtual exercise environment; 4) a scale-up study comparing the effects of two 8-week tele exercise interventions delivered completely online for people with spinal cord injury; 5) developing and evaluating a person-centered geotagged social networking system to promote leisure time physical activity in the community for people with physical disabilities; and 6) exploring the barriers to, and facilitators for, adopting universal design principles by equipment manufacturers and public, private and recreation facilities.

 Key responsibilities & duties

  • Implement research protocols for tele-exercise and community based projects.
  • Conduct qualitative research data collection (focus groups/interviews) for multiple projects.
  • Perform descriptive data analysis, and assist with conference presentations and publications.
  • Create new and related research proposals for external funding agencies.
  • Primarily responsible for developing one’s own career.

Academic Qualifications

PhD in Rehabilitation, Exercise Science, Health Behavior or Disability-related field.

Technology experience (software or hardware) is a plus.

Salary commensurate with the NIH Postdoc Fellow guidelines:

Interested applicants should provide Cover letter, CV and the name of 2 references via email to:

Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan, Program Director II

School of Health Professions

University of Alabama at Birmingham   e-mail:

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.

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