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Open Rank Neurosciences Strategic Hire

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Closing date
Jun 18, 2023

The University of Alabama at Birmingham* (UAB) Heersink School of Medicine (HSOM)** is recruiting up to 20 investigators as part of a major strategic initiative in the Neurosciences to build on a strong portfolio across basic and translational research. Recruitment is for tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-earning faculty at all ranks and includes academic appointment in one or more of 27 academic departments across the HSOM, four of which rank in the top 10 nationally in NIH funding. All applications will be considered, but priority will be given to those with dynamic research programs focused on brain health and disease across the lifespan. Areas of focus include: Traumatic Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury, Neuro-oncology, Neurodevelopment, Autism and Intellectual Disorders, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Aging and Cognition, Neuroinfectious Diseases, Microbiome (Gut-Brain Axis), Stroke, Glaucoma and Retinal Diseases, Addiction, Neurorecovery and Neurorestoration, Neuroimmunology, Neuroimaging, Pain, and Neurogenetics.

Driven by an intensely collaborative and entrepreneurial character, UAB is one of the leading economic engines of the State, with a nearly $4 billion budget and a statewide economic impact exceeding $12.1 billion annually. UAB is Alabama’s largest employer with nearly 28,000 employees, and one in every 20 jobs within the state of Alabama is either held directly by a UAB employee or is supported as a result of UAB’s presence. With nearly 1,700 faculty and almost 1,200 medical and graduate students, the UAB HSOM ranks 26th nationally in federal research funding and in the top 15 for all public institutions. Total research expenditures at UAB exceeded $715 million in 2022.

Successful applicants will join one of the strongest neuroscience environments in the country. The UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC) has more than 450 neuroscience research faculty, clinicians, staff, students & trainees representing 32 UAB departments across 9 UAB schools and spanning a diverse range of neuroscience research areas. The CNC serves as a focal point for basic and applied neuroscience research at UAB. Several centers and institutes at UAB focus on the specific areas of interest, including the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC), Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics (CNET), an NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, Multiple Sclerosis Center, Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory, Advanced Imaging Facility, and Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute. UAB is one of 42 institutions with an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award, which supports translational research and creates a supportive environment that promotes junior investigators.

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.

A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

Nomination and Application Procedure

The UAB HSOM welcomes inquiries, nominations, and applications. To receive full consideration, interested individuals should electronically submit a Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest.

The letter of interest is a brief cover letter detailing your experience and key achievements related to this position and your thoughts on how you see yourself contributing to the programs and responsibilities described in this position specification. Letters should be addressed to the UAB Search Committee and submitted electronically. Materials will be reviewed immediately and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. All inquiries should be sent to Emily Knighton-Akins, Program Manager I for UAB HSOM Strategic Leadership Recruitment by emailing

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