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Mentor: Dr. Shinichi Kano, Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Neurobiology

Post-doctoral research position on EV neurobiology

A post-doctoral research fellow position is available to study the forefront of EV biology in neurobiology. The laboratory aims to discover new biological concepts that can be harnessed to develop therapeutic strategies for psychiatry and neurological disorders.

The fellow will work on brain-periphery communication via EV and related particles using rodent models. 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. An ideal candidate is within two years of their Ph.D. or equivalent degree and show a record of scientific creativity and productivity (e.g., first-author peer-reviewed original research articles).

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 isolation, characterization, quantification, molecular profiling with RNA-seq and proteomics)

-- Bioinformatics skills (e.g., RNA-seq or scRNA-seq analysis with R)

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

-- Neurobiology (e.g., in vivo calcium imaging, optogenetics/chemogenetics, electrophysiology)

All Kano lab members are expected to constantly learn new research skills and concepts, openly share and discuss their data, 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. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Inquiry about the position is also welcome.

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 nearly 28,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact of $12.1 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 16 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and eight UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2022-2023 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, totaling $715 million in FY22 — a 50% increase over the past five years. UAB ranks 33rd among all universities in federal research funding and 17th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 25th among all universities in NIH funding and 11th among public universities.

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

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