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Neurophysiology, Department of Neurosurgery
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
Date Posted 07/07/2021
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Nelson Neurophysiology Lab at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with an interest in human intracranial neurophysiology and/or language processing in the brain. Research in the lab focuses on uncovering the neural basis of linguistic syntactic structure-building and semantic representation, studying processes including but not limited to sentence comprehension and word comprehension. The successful candidate will conduct research involving stimulating and recording intracranially from human patients performing language tasks. See an example of the framework for this ongoing research here:, and see the lab website for more information:

Patient populations studied will include adult and pediatric epilepsy patients, adults undergoing an awake tumor resection, and Deep Brain Stimulation patients. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to complement their research with related noninvasive experiments (including TMS, MEG, EEG, and lesion-symptom mapping).

The position requires a PhD in a field relevant to quantitative cognitive neuroscience and neurolinguistics research, including neuroscience, psychology, engineering or linguistics with an interest in neuroscience. Good programming ability (Matlab, R or Python) is required. Research experience with neurophysiology in animals or humans, TMS, MEG, EEG, eyetracking or other behavioral studies is highly desirable. Experience or interest with computational neuroscience and/or linguistics is also desirable.

UAB Hospital is a major center for clinical and basic science research. UAB is ranked among the top 8 public universities in NIH funding. U.S. News & World Report 2020 ranked 14 of UAB’s graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 for research funding and for the second consecutive year, UAB has been named the #1 young university in the United States by Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants can send a CV and a brief statement of interest, as well as contact information for 2-3 references to: The position is open until filled.

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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