Mentor: Dr. Erwin G. Van Meir  opens a new website, O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

Postdoctoral openings in cancer research

New NIH-funded positions are available for highly motivated postdocs to participate in studies of molecular mechanisms and therapy development for cancer. Fellows are expected to be independent and capable of leading their own research projects under the guidance of the Principal Investigator (PI).

Available projects include:

  1. Role of adhesion GPCR receptors ADGRB1&3 in brain tumor formation
    (see Zhu D et al, 2018 Cancer Cell; Zhang H et al, 2020, Oncogene)
  2. Defining the mechanisms of new small molecule anti-cancer therapeutics
    (see Dong L et al, 2019, Clin. Cancer Res.; Kaluz S et al, 2021, Oncogene)
  3. Mechanisms of radio-resistance in glioma stem cells
    (see Osuka S et al, 2021, J. Clin. Invest.)

The laboratory has an established track record of translational research in the field of cancer and applicants can access the PIs google scholar profile to familiarize themselves with the lab’s research: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=zulNnq0AAAAJ&hl=en.

The laboratory is located in the NCI-designated O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center (https://www.uab.edu/onealcancercenter/ ), which provides an outstanding and stimulating scientific environment with multiple supportive core facilities. UAB is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the US and is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. The Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) at UAB provides mentoring and career guidance and postdocs benefit from a faculty mentoring committee that guides their training and progress. Postdoctoral scholars receive a competitive salary and qualify for UAB sponsored benefits, including health insurances and retirement.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in the biomedical sciences (molecular biology, biochemistry, cancer biology, drug discovery and related disciplines), and mastery of oral and written English. Prior experience with cancer stem cell signaling, animal models of cancer and bioinformatics are an advantage. Interested applicants should send application materials by email to Erwin G. VAN MEIR, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery; Associate Director, NCI-designated O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center; University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham, AL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The application materials should include: a current CV with names and contact information of three references and a brief statement of career goals, research background and interests. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Finally, Birmingham, dubbed the Magic City is an engaging mid-size metropolis that offers an attractive lifestyle with many cultural and gastronomic attractions and is surrounded by rolling hills featuring beautiful oak and pine canopies. Families can find affordable housing and excellent schools in the nearby suburban towns of Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia Hills and Homewood. UAB is an urban campus located in downtown Birmingham, walking distance from many restaurants, shops, craft breweries and museums. The city is surrounded by nature with many recreational opportunities and the gulf coast beaches are within 3.5h drive.



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.

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