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Postdoctoral Fellow - Optometry and Vision Science

UAB- Department of Optometry and Vision Scence
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary will be commensurate with experience and NIH guidelines.
Closing date
Dec 12, 2022

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An NIH/NEI funded Postdoctoral position is immediately available in the lab of Dr. Julie Quinet in the Department of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to study the neural control of coordinated eye movements in alert, trained non-human primates (Quinet et al., PNAS 2020).

The Quinet lab focuses on understanding the neural control of gaze movements in the 3D-space (vergence eye movements and disjunctive saccades). More specifically, the lab studies the subcortical and cerebellar regions involved in the neural control of coordinated eye movements in 3D-space. These studies are conducted in behaving non-human primates using electrophysiological (single- and multi-electrode recording, electrical microstimulation), pharmacological and anatomical techniques.

UAB is one of America’s premier research universities ranking among the top 25 in funding from the National Institutes of Health and was named America’s Best Large Employer by Forbes in 2021. The UAB vision community is extensive, consisting of over 70 faculty members in the UAB Vision Science Research Center. This center provides extensive Core facilities to all UAB vision researchers through support from an NEI P30 core grant. UAB also has a vibrant neuroscience community with a network of more than 450 UAB neuroscience research faculty, clinicians, staff, students and trainees. Additionally, UAB is consistently ranked as one of the top ten places for training postdoctoral scholars in the country. It has an office of Postdoctoral education that offers many training opportunities.


Highly motivated candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Vision Science, or a related discipline. Experience with in vivo electrophysiological techniques in non-human primates is desirable, as is proficiency in computer programming (MATLAB).

Application process:

Interested individuals should contact Dr. Julie Quinet, Ph.D. ( directly and provide the following documents:

  • current CV,
  • cover letter describing research interests,
  • and contact information of three references 

The position will be for an initial two-year period with the possibility for extension. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Salary is commensurate with the NIH and UAB guidelines for Postdoctoral researchers.


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 (, call (205) 934-8762, or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

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