Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Sztul, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology

Positions at the postdoctoral level are available to investigate the molecular mechanisms of membrane traffic and cilia formation in eukaryotic cells. Both processes are key for developmental stem cell fate and tissue patterning, and defects in traffic or ciliogenesis cause human diseases. We focus on how members of Ras-related families of Rab and ARF GTPases control membrane traffic and ciliogenesis, and how their dysregulation inhibits cell and organismal growth and development. Our research also probes how enteroviruses hijack cellular regulatory circuits to support their replication, with the goal of developing viral inhibitors.

We use CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in cells and in zebrafish, genetic, molecular, biochemical, high resolution imaging and cell biological approaches. For examples, please see our recent publications: J Virol. 2020, Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2020, J Virol. 2019, Mol Biol Cell. 2019, J Cell Sci. 2018, and visit our website.


Applicants should have previous exposure to molecular and/or cell biology. The successful candidates will be offered competitive salary, health insurance, and other benefits des. Interested applicants should apply by email directly to by sending: 1) a cover letter describing your past academic and research experience; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and contact information of 2 references.

Professor Elizabeth Sztul
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

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 some 25,000 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 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.

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