Division of Hematology/Oncology

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Job Description



Mentor: Dr. Changde Cheng, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology

Seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Biology


About the position:

Are you passionate about advancing cancer genomics and diabetes research through advanced computational methods and modeling? A unique opportunity awaits you in the Division of Hematology/Oncology under the guidance of Dr. Changde Cheng. We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to innovative research that could shape the future of cancer and metabolic diseases.

  • Qualifications: Ph.D. or M.D. degree
  • Experience: Proven track record of research productivity and quality, demonstrated through first-author publications in high-impact journals or significant contributions to large genomics projects.
  • Educational Background: Ph.D. in quantitative fields such as computational biology, population genetics/genomics, statistics, mathematics, physics, computer science & related fields. Strong candidates from wet-lab or M.D. backgrounds with a keen interest in developing advanced quantitative skills are also encouraged to apply.


As a Postdoctoral Fellow, you will:

  • Develop innovative computational and statistical methodologies for analyzing single-cell genomics, single-cell RNA-seq, spatial, and multi-omic data.
  • Develop novel approaches to represent large-scale genomic data and integrate data from different modalities.
  • Work closely with our collaborators in the Stem Cell Program to advance our understanding of the origin and development of cancer, resistance to treatment and metabolic diseases.


Compensation: Base pay commensurate with experience.


How to Apply: If you're interested in advancing computational genomics for better cures and improved patient outcomes, please email Dr. Changde Cheng at  Make sure to attach your CV and statement highlighting your academic and research achievements. 


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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