Biomedical Engineering

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Job Description


Mentor: Dr. Yuhua Song, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Postdoc Position Open for Novel Therapeutic Drug Identification and Mechanism Studies for Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer and Cardiovascular and Other Diseases

Dr. Yuhua Song’s group in Department of Biomedical Engineering is well-funded with NIH grants through 2028. Dr. Song Group has a postdoctoral position open to work on the projects of identifying novel therapeutic drug candidates for target proteins and investigating its function mechanisms involved in Alzheimer's disease, cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases. The projects aim to screen and identify the novel compounds with desired binding activity for protein targets, ability to activate relevant cellular responses, and synergy with other binding compounds for important cellular activities. The identified top drug candidates will be further investigated with in vivo studies and dish-based clinical trials using iPSC technology for the therapeutic outcome studies. We also investigate protein-protein interactions and small molecule-target protein interactions and how these are changed by disease-associated genetic variants to gain insights for the mechanisms of action in Alzheimer's disease, cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases.

Candidates should have strong molecular and cell biology and animal handling skills as evidenced by first-author publication(s) in quality peer-reviewed journals. Previous research experience in iPSC technology is desirable. Candidate should be able to work with a high degree of independence and with good team spirit.

The candidate could gain additional computational biology training, if interested.

Interested candidates, please contact Dr. Yuhua Song, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Alabama at Birmingham by email: and include your CV and transcripts in the email

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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