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Mentor: Dr. Haydeh Payami, Department of Neurology

Postdoc position in computational metagenomics


Fully funded, full time position. Two years with potential for extension. Remote work can be accommodated.

Requirements: PhD. Min 3 years of experience in analysis of large human datasets using bioinformatics, statistical genetics, and/or metagenomics tools. 

Project is about the role of gut metagenome and its relationship with human genome and environmental toxicants in the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The postdoc will be involved in the analysis of shotgun metagenome sequences, along with genome-wide genotypes and clinical and exposure metadata that have already been collected on 1000 individuals with PD and 600 neurologically healthy individuals.

The position is in the Payami Lab at UAB. Payami lab is an ASAP funded member of ASAP Collaborative Research Network providing the postdoc excellent opportunities to network and collaborate with other research groups internationally. 

Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Payami at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with subject line “inquiry postdoc in metagenomics”.

To apply, email your CV and a cover letter to Dr. Payami (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with subject line “application postdoc in metagenomics”.

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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