Mentor: Dr. Allan Zajac, Department of Microbiology

A postdoctoral position is available to investigate cell-mediated immunity to infections and cancers in Dr. Allan Zajac’s laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Establishing durable T cell responses is vital for the short-term and long-term containment of intracellular pathogens and cancers. Open questions remain in how the formation, maintenance, and diversification of these responses is regulated and how these processes differ between antigenic insults that are rapidly contained, such as acute infections, and under conditions of antigenic persistence, which arise during chronic infections and tumor out growth. Potential projects involve deconstructing how the development of these responses are programmed during the earliest stages of activation, how the intrinsic functional properties of the responding T cells influence their fates, protective efficacy, and longevity, and how cytokine and antigenic cues integrate to regulate T cell differentiation. Candidates will also have the opportunity to develop additional projects that fit with the overall interests of the laboratory. Salary will follow NIH guidelines commensurate with training and experience.

Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in biomedical science or a related discipline are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be highly motivated, well-organized, excited about science, adaptable, and have excellent communication skills. Preference will be given to those with experience in immunology, virology, and/or cancer biology. The laboratory is in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Department is home to over forty faculty with research interests spanning microbiology, virology, immunology, and structural biology, and currently ranks in the top ten in research funding from the U.S National Institutes of Health. Further information about the Department can be found at: www.uab.edu/medicine/microbiology/

The University has a vibrant community of postdoctoral fellows. The Office of Postdoctoral Education offers grant incentives, travel awards, and organizes various training and scholastic events. Postdoctoral scholars are eligible for health, life, and other insurances, and can also participate in the university’s 403(b) retirement program. Further information can be found at: www.uab.edu/postdocs/

The University is located in Birmingham, Alabama, in the southern United States. It is pleasantly situated in the foot hills of the Appalachians and offers great food, culture, and weather. Birmingham was recently named as one of 22 best places to visit in 2022 by Condé Nast Traveler. Further details about the region can be found at: www.birminghamal.org 

To apply please submit your CV, a cover letter highlighting your research interests and accomplishments, and a list of three potential referees to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Allan J. Zajac, Ph.D.


Department of Microbiology

University of Alabama at Birmingham

United States

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.