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Postdoctoral fellow on blood-brain communications via extracellular vesicles

Employer
UAB School of Medicine
Location
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jan 31, 2024

Job Details

A postdoctoral research fellow is available in the laboratory of Dr. Shinichi Kano at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. The laboratory investigates neuroimmune mechanisms related to psychiatry disorders and ultimately aims to discover new biological concepts that can be harnessed to develop therapeutic strategies for psychiatry and neurological disorders.

This fellow will work on the cutting-edge biology of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in the context of blood-brain communications (https://alleninstitute.org/division/frontiers-group/distinguished-investigators/blood-brain-barrier-communication-via-extracellular-vesicles-underlying-brain-function-and-behavior/). The successful candidate is expected to be strong in communication and analytical skills, self-motivated and success-driven, and able to work as a team member and an independent scholar. The candidate needs to be within two years of their Ph.D. or equivalent degree and show a record of scientific productivity (e.g., a first author publication or manuscript).

The candidate will be exposed to the following skills to conduct their projects. Expertise in at least one of these skills will be preferred:
-- EV biology (e.g., EV collection, characterization, quantification, molecular profiling)

-- Biostatistics and/or basic machine learning skills (e.g., supervised and unsupervised learning)

-- Bioinformatics skills (e.g., RNA-seq analysis)

-- Behavioral biology (e.g., social interaction, memory task)

-- Neurobiology (e.g., immunohistochemistry, stereotactic surgery, calcium imaging, electrophysiology)

-- Immunology (e.g., flow cytometry)

All Kano lab members are expected to learn new research skills and achieve their scientific and career goals in close communication with the PI. The position will be initially available for one year, with yearly renewal, based on the performance and funding availability. The successful candidates are encouraged to apply for independent fellowships for her/his future career development.


Interested candidates should submit a CV, a brief summary (1-2 pages) of research interests and career goals, list of publications, and contact information of at least two references to Shinichi Kano, M.D., Ph.D. (skano@uab.edu).

 

About the University

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. The Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) at UAB provides mentoring and career guidance. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB. The NCI-designated UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers. There is access to several outstanding interdisciplinary programs and core facilities. The Birmingham area provides a metropolitan lifestyle, excellent schools, comfortable climate, and low cost of living.

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

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, including dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. 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 OPE 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 may also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

Company

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 for the past two years in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Young University Rankings. UAB enrollment grew to more than 22,080 students in fall 2019, marking a fourth consecutive year of record enrollment. The university provides a collaborative learning experience to prepare diverse students for rewarding careers and lives that benefit society and our regional and global economy. In addition, UAB offers exceptional graduate and professional programs that prepare students to lead, teach, conduct research, provide professional services, become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future, and contribute to our region's and our nation’s prosperity. UAB offers more than 150 degree programs in nine schools and one college — the Collat School of Business, School of Dentistry, School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Optometry, School of Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences — as well as the Honors College and the Graduate School. 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 Medicine is the third largest public academic medical center in the country, with more than 1,900 beds and almost 18,000 employees. UAB Hospital is the centerpiece of the UAB Health System and is the teaching hospital for the UAB School of Medicine. Situated among major research centers and clinics, UAB Hospital provides patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services, as well as the most up-to-date treatments and innovations in health care. In addition to UAB Hospital, UAB Medicine includes The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, as well as several primary and specialty care clinics, a dozen member and affiliate hospitals within Alabama, more than 10 cancer associates in the Southeast, and the Viva Health HMO. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (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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