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Mentor: Dr. Jarred Younger  opens a new website, Neuroinflammation, Pain, and Fatigue Laboratory

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chronic Disease Neuroimaging

Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Laboratory

University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

Position Summary:

The Neuroinflammation, Pain, and Fatigue Laboratory is seeking a human neuroimaging researcher to supervise neuroinflammation projects. The studied conditions include fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue/myalgic encephalomyelitis, Gulf War Illness, multiple sclerosis, and “Long COVID”. 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 and neuroimaging facilities are located at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB).

Responsibilities:

The Fellow will be chiefly responsible for ensuring neuroimaging projects are conducted with the highest scientific and ethical rigor. Examples of duties include supervising data acquisition practices, overseeing MRI data analysis, writing scientific manuscripts, leading neuroimaging research teams, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. The Fellow will manage two graduate students and up to four undergraduates. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to pursue their own pilot projects, and apply for extramural training or project funding.

The position is intended for two years, with additional years contingent on funding.

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 clinical degree may also apply if they have significant research experience. Candidates should have experience with human brain MRI studies and a high comfort level with at least one of the major MRI analytic software packages. Most of the MRI work will focus on MR multi-voxel spectroscopy using already-established pipelines.

Other Requirements:

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

About the lab:

We focus on developing new diagnostic techniques and treatments for chronic diseases of the central nervous system. Our primary laboratory techniques include clinical trials of pharmaceutical and botanical treatments, observational analyses of inflammatory disease mediators, experimental immune provocations with endotoxin and other agents, and neuroimaging (MRI and PET). We emphasize the exploration of inflammatory and neuroinflammatory causes of chronic diseases.

To Apply:

To apply for the position, please submit a CV and statement of interest directly to the principal investigator, Dr. Jarred Younger, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You are welcome to send any questions about the position as well.

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 ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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.