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


Position Summary

The Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Jarred Younger, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to manage human neuroimaging projects in chronic disease patients. The projects are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DoD), as well as non-profit institutions. Both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) projects are involved, though candidates do not need prior experience with PET. The laboratory is housed primarily in the Department of Psychology (Campbell Hall) at UAB, though imaging will occur primarily at UAB Highlands Hospital.

The Fellow will be chiefly responsible for ensuring that the neuroimaging projects are conducted with the highest scientific and ethical rigor. Examples of duties include: overseeing data acquisition at the 3 Tesla scanner, overseeing MRI data analysis, supervising/leading scientific manuscripts, leading neuroimaging research teams, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to pursue his or her own pilot projects. Grant writing is not a requirement of the position, but the Fellow will be encouraged and supported to do so.

The position is for one year initially, with two additional years contingent on satisfactory performance.

Minimum Requirements

An advanced research or clinical degree is required for this position. Individuals may have a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or related fields. Individuals with an MD, DO, ND, or other advanced clinical degree are also eligible to apply if they have significant research experience. Candidates must have experience with human brain MRI studies and a high comfort level with at least one of the major MRI analytic software packages. The Fellow will also be expected to be a strong scientific writer.

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. Possession of unique statistical and data-analytic techniques (e.g., machine learning, analysis of longitudinal data, linear mixed modeling, granger causality modeling) is helpful, but not required. The applicant should have strong leadership, communication (written and oral), organizational, and team-building skills.

Licenses/Certifications/Registrations

None required.


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.