Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Job Description


Mentor: Dr. Rachel Sinkey, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

A one-year postdoctoral position working with Dr. Rachel Sinkey in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is available. Part of Dr. Sinkey’s research portfolio, in conjunction with Dr. Wally Carlo of the Division of Neonatology, is focused on reducing health disparities in pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Sinkey is co-PI of the American Heart Association P3OPPY (Providing an optimized and empowered pregnancy for you) study that seeks to examine whether digital health or community health worker interventions reduce adverse outcomes among Non-Hispanic Black women who experience unacceptably high rates of adverse outcomes. A feasibility trial will be conducted ahead of a planned 400 person clinical trial to assess whether the interventions improve outcomes as compared to usual care.

Candidates will be expected to work with Dr. Sinkey, Dr. Carlo, and their team on projects related to the feasibility and clinical trials. Candidates will also participate in projects using data from UAB electronic medical records and other available clinical databases to address questions related to perinatal disparities. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in public health, clinical medicine, epidemiology, or related field. The candidate should also have strong communication and writing skills, as the candidate will be expected to help with grant proposals and manuscripts. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Project management

Data abstraction and cleaning (i.e., from UAB electronic health records and external clinical databases) 

Data analysis and interpretation

Leading and supporting manuscript writing

Leading and supporting grant proposal development and writing



  • Basic Qualifications

Current or anticipated MD or PhD


Additional Qualifications:

MPH or MSPH preferred

  • Experience in perinatal disparities research is highly desirable
  • Experience working with clinical charts and data


The successful candidate will be mentored to achieve their goals, progressing to greater independence during the fellowship. Ample opportunities for professional development, mentorship, academic and research leadership, publication, and applied knowledge translation will be provided through the interdisciplinary training environment in the UAB Heersink School of Medicine and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Through her NIH and American Heart Association Funding, Dr. Sinkey collaborates closely with community partners, UAB and other academic faculty with expertise in mixed methods, behavioral science, epidemiology, biostatistics, and translational science. This opportunity involves being part of a team of interdisciplinary faculty, trainees and staff collaborating through the UAB Center for Women’s Heath. Additional professional development opportunities are available through the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.

Interested applicants may send their CV and references to Kathy Selman (

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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