Mentor: Dr. Shama Ahmad, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Anesthesiology Postdoctoral Fellow Position

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the area of pulmonary biology in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The position entails basic translational research (a) to investigate the role of proteases in cardiopulmonary injury caused by toxic inhaled substances and (b) to investigate the mechanisms of environmental factors and chemical-induced lung injury.

A Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or a related discipline is required. Experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: (i) animal handling, husbandry and restraint, as well as minor survival surgeries in rats and mice, to include intratracheal and intravenous drug administration and sample collection, as well as necropsy, (ii) standard molecular techniques, including molecular cloning, PCR, RealTime PCR, RNA and DNA isolations and western blots, (iii) cell culture techniques and transfections, (iv) pulmonary function tests and hemodynamic measurements, (v) lung morphometric techniques and (vi) knowledge of cell and animal imaging. The ability to work independently and as part of a team and strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. The applicant is also expected to design experiments and write manuscripts. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Opportunities for advancement are available. Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter to Dr. Shama Ahmad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design, perform, and analyze experiments related to existing projects
  • Maintain detailed records of studies conducted, organize data, and prepare data for manuscript submissions and presentations
  • Prepare technical reports and develop recommendations based upon research outcomes
  • Conduct cell culture, biochemical assays, and mouse and rat studies
  • Conduct literature searches to find and report on related research
  • Work well independently and within a team setting

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong experience with cellular/molecular biology techniques/assays
  • High level scientific writing and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate a track-record of ability to drive projects
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Integrity, perseverance, and flexibility
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems
  • Ability to effectively communicate
  • Experience with animal studies preferred

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 nearly 28,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact of $12.1 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 16 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and eight UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2022-2023 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, totaling $715 million in FY22 — a 50% increase over the past five years. UAB ranks 33rd among all universities in federal research funding and 17th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 25th among all universities in NIH funding and 11th among public universities.

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.