Mentor: Dr. Neil Pfister  opens a new website, Radiation Oncology/O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

Postdoctoral Scientist

The Radiation Oncology Cancer Metabolism and Cell Fate Laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is recruiting an exceptional and highly motivated Postdoctoral Scientist to expand efforts in basic and translational cancer cell metabolism and cell fate research in the NIH K08-funded laboratory of Dr. Neil Pfister. In addition to an exciting work environment, we offer a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. UAB is consistently rated among the top Universities according to US News and World Reports. UAB is the No. 1 University in The Scientist's “Best Places to Work for Postdocs”, with particular strengths in career development opportunities, training, and mentoring. UAB has been named America's No. 1 Best Large Employer by Forbes, topping the list of more than 500 public and private corporations, hospitals, universities, Fortune 500 companies and more, across dozens of industries.

The position is intended for outstanding candidates with proven research productivity to expand on our NIH-funded project focused on the regulation of cell fate by the electron transport chain. Projects include investigating novel bioactive protein fragments and determining the molecular steps leading to activation of mitochondrial permeability transition. Candidates should have extensive molecular biology experience. Expertise in cell culture, molecular biology, immunofluorescence microscopy, DNA damage, and/or mitochondrial biology is sought but not required. Specialty techniques we utilize include CRISPR screens, DNA-RNA immunoprecipitation (DRIP), Oroboros high resolution respirometry, 2D gel electrophoresis, Native PAGE, and implementation of novel Digital PCR (dPCR) protocols including gene expression, ChIP, and novel DNA damage assays. Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in cancer biology/genetics. Candidates should have a strong desire to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment.

UAB has one of the most extensive tumor research programs in the US. The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of cancer treatment and research. The Cancer Metabolism and Cell Fate Laboratory is located in the new Hazelrig-Salter Radiation Oncology Center and is dedicated to bring molecular advances in the pathogenesis and therapy of human tumors to clinical application.

Interested candidates should submit via e-mail an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their past research experience, along with complete contact information for three references to: Neil Pfister, MD PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Associate Scientist for the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Specify “Postdoctoral Fellow Position” in your email subject header.

UAB is an equal opportunity employer, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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.