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Department of Ophthalmology, Biomechanical Response of the Optic Nerve
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
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Date Posted April 06, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Mentor:  Dr.  Brian C. Samuels, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology bsamuels@uabmc.edu 


Postdoctoral Researcher Position in the department of Ophthalmology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Research will be conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Brian C. Samuels MD, PhD in collaboration with Dr. Massimo Fazio, PhD. The position involves the acquisition and manual delineation of optic nerve head and retinal tissue layers from optical coherence tomography (OCT) clinical and/or research images.

The focus of his research will be to study the role of intraocular pressure in the biomechanical response of the optic nerve head structure and how these modulate glaucoma progression.

His/her duties will be:

  • Acquire the Optic Nerve Head (ONH) and/or retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans in normal animals and our animals with experimental glaucoma.

  • Learn the anatomic structures of the optic nerve head and retina in order to manually delineate the anatomic structures and create 3D point clouds that will be used to inform 3D models.

  • Work with our biomechanics/computational collaborators (Dr Massimo Fazio and his laboratory personnel) and assist them in developing computational algorithms to assess optic nerve head biomechanics. Teamwork and good communication skills are required.

Highly motivated candidates with strong research background in imaging, image analysis, animal research, and anatomy/pathology interests or related fields are especially encouraged to apply.  In addition, a background in bioengineering/biomechanics would be beneficial but not required for this position. 

A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required. Experience with image acquisition and image analysis is highly desired.  Additionally knowledge of programing in Mathematica, Java, C++, or Mathlab languages would be helpful in our collaborations with Dr. Fazio’s team.

UAB is a major 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 the nation. The UAB faculty is renowned for its excellence in interdisciplinary research programs. The candidates have opportunities to accept education and training in multi- & interdisciplinary research environments, and have opportunities to interact with researchers in the School of Medicine, School of Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering at UAB. Interested applicants should send application materials by email to bsamuels@uabmc.edu. The application materials should include: a current CV with names and contact information of at least two references and a brief statement of career goal, research background and interests. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Postdoc Awards and Benefits 

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 OPE 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.

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