Postdoctoral Positions in Biology of Aging – University of Alabama at Birmingham


The Department of Biology of the University of Alabama at Birmingham is home to four investigators focused on the basic biology of aging and age-related pathologies using mouse models. It is also home to one of six NIH-supported Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. UAB is consistently rated as one of the finest universities in the country for postdoctoral studies. Find more information about these faculty members and their research interests through the links listed below.

Job Description and Qualifications

Several postdoctoral positions are available to highly motivated candidates interested in investigating various aspects of aging in mice. Successful candidates will have passionate interest in and appropriate skills for specific projects in the laboratories of the individuals below. Candidates should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. in an appropriate field. Formal training in aging biology is not required, but would be advantageous. Also advantageous but not required would be eligibility to serve on NIH training grants.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should apply directly to the potential mentors listed below. Please submit:

  1. a cover letter detailing research experience and their specific interest in the research program of the mentor;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a list of three references and their contact information (email address, phone number, departmental address)

Potential Mentors

  • Dr. Steven N. Austad (interventions to slow aging, sex differences in aging, biological resilience, development of mouse health assays. Experience in mouse behavior and husbandry a plus.)
  • Dr. Melissa L. Harris (gene regulatory networks that guide stem cell maintenance and tissue homeostasis. Experience with bioinformatic analysis of next-gen datasets is a plus.)
  • Dr. Liou Y. Sun (endocrine mechanisms and nutritional effects on aging and age-related diseases, special interest in diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Strong molecular biology skills and mouse experience required.)
  • Dr. Trygve Tollefsbol (epigenetics of aging and cancer prevention. Experience with cell culture, mouse models, epigenetic methods, and molecular biology required)

The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines. With regard to benefits, postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances and may also be eligible to participate in the university’s 403(b) program. They receive paid leave allowances, including vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave. To learn more about the UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education and additional benefits, see our website at

Opportunities for postdoc professional development are available; these include instruction in grant writing and lab management, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, internships and teaching opportunities at local universities.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all trainees, 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.

Open Positions at other Institutions

Learn more about other NSC opportunities

School of Nursing/College of Health Sciences/School of Pharmacy-Assistant/Associate Professor

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking a faculty member at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure-track/tenured) in the area of aging research. The candidate's current and future research focus may include genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and/or economic research aimed at better understanding the aging process, as well as diseases, conditions, and other problems or needs associated with growing older. More information is available on the UTEP website.

UAB Nathan Shock Center Seminar Schedule


UAB Nathan Shock Center Journal Club

Journal Club Spring 2020

The Nathan Shock Center Journal Club in the basic biology of aging serves as a forum for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students with research focus on fundamental mechanisms of aging and aging-related disorders to promote inter-disciplinary exchange of ideas and methodologies, and foster collaborations. We particularly encourage presentations by trainees.

Coordinator: Liou Sun, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology

Meeting Time: Every other Thursday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., starting from January 16, 2020.

Location: Learning Resource Center, Room 235.

To All Graduate Students

UAB NSC Journal Club is a credited course, BY 618/718: Colloquium in Biology of Aging.

This course focuses on discussion and review of journal articles, research data, and grants ideas. A wide range of faculty and fellows in the field of aging from across campus participate in this journal club, contributing to leading the scientific discussions along with Dr. Sun. The course will help students develop competency in several areas: fundamental understanding of modern research topics, critical evaluation of research findings, and oral presentation skills. The requirement for each student is to give an oral presentation on one of the following:

  1. paper of interest for the NSC community in a journal club style;
  2. research data;
  3. research proposal.

For questions concerning the journal club, please contact, Dr. Liou Sun at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Patrizia De Sarno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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