Mentor: Dr. Gregory Friedman  opens a new website, Department of Pediatrics

Post-Doctoral Laboratory Position in the Department of Pediatrics


Gregory Friedman, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Surgery
Director, Developmental Therapeutics Program
Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders
Scientist, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Key Areas of Expertise: oncolytic virotherapy, virology, immunology, preclinical tumor models, brain tumor biology, tumor microenvironment

Funding: NIH, CureSearch, V Foundation, Hyundai Hope on Wheels, Rally Foundation, Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

A postdoctoral fellow position is open to study immunovirotherapy with genetically engineered oncolytic herpes simplex viruses. The overarching focus of the laboratory is maximizing this promising therapy to target pediatric brain tumors through approaches designed to favorably alter the tumor microenvironment and stimulate an antitumor immune response. Opportunities exist to study mechanisms of therapeutic resistance so that newer viruses, novel combinations, and unique routes of virus delivery may be developed to circumvent resistance mechanisms.

The selected candidate will be expected to apply a wide variety of specialized & advanced techniques, primarily in cell and molecular biology and general and molecular virology. The successful candidate must be able to handle and work with mice and will be expected to be able to perform surgeries.


Prior experience in virology and immunology is highly desirable, but most importantly, the position requires a high level of self-motivation. The successful candidate must be innovative and interested in pursuing an independent research effort upon successful completion of the fellowship.  Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree required.

How to apply:

Applicants should submit their CV and the names and contact information of three references to:

UAB Department of Pediatrics
Attn: Gregory Friedman, M.D.
1600 7th Ave S, Lowder 512
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 205-638-9285, Fax: 205-975-1941

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 over 26,000 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 Heersink 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.

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