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C212603 - Pediatrics - Neonatology - Willis Lab
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
Date Posted 04/14/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

A funded post-doctoral fellowship in Neonatal Pulmonary Biology is available at the Willis Lung Lab at UAB. UAB is a renowned research institute and academic medical center that is one of the founding centers of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Neonatal Network. The Willis Lung Lab studies the establishment of the mycobiome in early life. Specifically, our work focuses on characterizing the neonatal gut-lung axis in the context of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Our translational research program uses in vitro, ex vivo and neonatal murine-hyperoxia models coupled with human studies to understand the mechanisms by which the lung and gut mycobiome interact with their host. This position requires a recent Ph.D. degree and broad training in molecular biology and neonatology. Expertise in hyperoxia lung injury, gnotobiotics, data science, light sheet and confocal microscopy and mouse breeding is preferred, but not required. In addition, the candidate should have a strong record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. To apply, please send a curriculum vita, cover letter describing scientific background, and a list of professional references to

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


1) Candidates must have a doctoral level degree (M.D. and/or Ph.D.) in neonatology, pulmonary biology, pulmonary immunology, microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology, or a related field.

2) Preferences will be given to creative and motivated candidates with experience in neonatal pulmonary biology, immunology or gnotobiotics, but highly motivated candidates with alternate experience are also encouraged to apply.

3) The ideal postdoctoral candidate will be dedicated to basic research with strong analytical and communication skills. The fellow is expected to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside the laboratory, the larger TReNND research group and the Division of Neonatology. This person will perform in vitro assays using mouse and human organoids and primary cells, ex vivo precision cut lung slice modeling, neonatal mouse hyperoxia exposure modeling with both gnotobiotic and conventional mice, as well as analyses using flow cytometry, advanced confocal and lightsheet microscopy and whole genome/amplicon-based MiSeq. Other desirable experience in scRNAseq and RNAscope would be a strong addition.

Our researcher is currently supported by a 5-year K08 research grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as well as a series of internal and external project grants.

Start date: April 2021 or later.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with the UAB guideline for Postdoctoral researchers. Coming with fellowship funding is encouraged.

Interested individuals should contact Kent Willis ( directly and provide the following documents in sequence in one PDF: 1) Curriculum vitae. 2) A brief summary of past and future research interests, and career goals. 3) Contact information for at least two references.

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 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 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.

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