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Dental Academic Research Training- UAB School of Dentistry
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
Date Posted 06/30/2021
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Mentor: Drs. Hui Wu & Amjad Javed, School of Dentistry,,

The UAB-SOD Dental Academic Research Training (DART) Program, a predoctoral, dual degree and postdoctoral coordinated mentored research fellowship-training program in oral health discoveries, is accepting applications for the following positions:The UAB-SOD Dental Academic Research Training (DART) Program, a predoctoral, dual degree and postdoctoral coordinated mentored research fellowship-training program in oral health discoveries, is accepting applications for the following positions:

Two POST-Doctoral Positions Available now

The DART POST-doctoral Training Program will prepare its fellows for a career in academic research in either Basic Science or Clinical Translational Research. Funding is provided from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Eligibility Requirements:

• U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
• Clinical or research doctoral degree required (e.g., MD, DMD, PharmD, PhD, ScD, DrPH, or equivalent).
• Research focus related to basic or clinical research in any of the following areas:
• Craniofacial Development and Genetics
• Biomaterials or Tissue Engineering
• Immunology and Microbiology
• Community Health

Training Program:

•Postdoctoral fellows in basic or translational research will be eligible for support from this Training Grant on admission to one of the faculty member’s laboratories with federal funding for mentor-based research training and to develop an independent project
• Trainee participation in all DART program activities is required.
• Participation in the Academic Career Club• Attend the Scientific Writing Series
• Presentation of an abstract at the School of Dentistry’s Scholars’ Symposium
• Attend a Grant writing program
• Students are expected to submit an NIH individual fellowship application (F32 or K99/R00) during the period of their support.


• Funding for Post-Doctoral Trainees is supported through an NIDCR T-90 Institutional Training Grant.
• NIH stipend support based on years’ post-degree renewable for up to 3 years, with annual review.• Partial coverage of tuition, and health insurance fees.
• Travel support to attend meetings.

Application Information

INSTRUCTIONS: Please send application pack electronically to Ms. Nannozi Ssenkoloto by email at

The application should include:
1. Applicant’s Biographical Sketch in NIH format
2. Proposed Mentor’s Biographical Sketch in NIH format (include “other funding support” section in the mentor’s Biosketch) and a list of former trainees and their current positions
3. Letter from the applicant’s institution that certifies completion of a doctorate degree
4. A personal statement with an outline of career goals and a description of how this training will address these career goals (not to exceed one page)
5. Three letters of recommendation
6. A list of research accomplishments (e.g., abstracts, papers, presentations, etc.)
7. A succinct (one page) description of the title and major area of proposed research.

Selection will be based on the following criteria:
1. Previous research experience and publications
2. Commitment of mentor and research support
3. Potential of future development of applicant’s research idea
4. Potential to pursue further research funding
5. Potential for collaboration with existing research programs at UAB

All DART post-doctoral fellows are expected to prepare an individual research proposal for submission to NIH (F32 or K99/R00) during their appointment. Proposal is required to be pre-reviewed by the DART Leadership Council or a Review Panel selected by the Leadership Council prior to submission.

For questions regarding eligibility, program requirements and the application process, please contact Nannozi Ssenkoloto at
For additional questions regarding the program, please contact DART director Hui Wu at, or co-director Amjad Javed at

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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