Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Job Description


Mentor: Dr. Nuria Vendrell-Llopis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The NVL-Lab at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UAB is seeking a highly motivated postdoc to explore the impact of dopamine on neuroprosthetic learning and the reinforcement of preferred behavior. Our lab employs a multidisciplinary approach, utilizing experimental neural and behavioral data collected from animal models. We leverage cutting-edge techniques such as photo-pharmacology, neuro-stimulation, machine learning, and computational methods to delve into the intricate mechanisms underlying learning. Our investigations aim to uncover how animals learn to control artificial effectors and how optical techniques can influence learning in both physiological and pathological conditions. The ultimate goal is to unravel the neural basis of learning and pioneer neuro-technology-based solutions that can artificially restore and enhance cognitive skills.

Be part of a collaborative environment where you can perform innovative research using advanced techniques to influence the development of neuro-technology-based interventions for cognitive disorders.


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience, or related fields.

Strong background in experimental design and data analysis.

Experience with animal research, neuroprosthetic paradigms, electrical/optical stimulation, and/or machine learning.

Proficiency in Python programming.

Application Deadline: May 2024

How to Apply:

Please submit your CV, a cover letter detailing your research experience and interests, and contact information for three references to


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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