Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Pharmacology
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine
United States


The Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions available immediately to conduct research in pathophysiology, pharmacology, toxicology, and drug-discovery on the different elements of the neurovascular unit (central neurons, glia, and brain vessels), with a special interest in discovering genetic bases, molecular targets, mechanisms at the mini-circuitry level, and pharmacotherapeutic approaches in neurodegenerative or neurovascular diseases, and substance use disorders, including alcohol research. Preference will be given to candidates using state-of-the art methodologies, including microfluidics/organ on a chip, large-scale neuronal ensemble electrophysiological recordings, chemo/optogenetics, computational neuroscience/pharmacology, and high-resolution imaging, such as AFM, cryoEM, STORM, CARS and 2-Photon or Multi-Photon microscopy. 


Candidates will be considered at all ranks based upon qualifications and experience. All applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, relevant postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of research productivity and accomplishments. Applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level must have current and robust extramural support. 

With a strong core of Faculty devoted to Neurodegeneration, Neuropharmacology/toxicology and to substance use disorders research, the Department of Pharmacology at UTHSC has continuously increased its level of extramural funding. The Department is currently located in the UTHSC’s new, state-of-the-art Translational Research Science Building (, which also houses researchers from the Departments of Physiology, Pediatrics, and Genetics, Genomics and Informatics. Most of our Faculty are members of the inter-departmental Neuroscience Institute providing vast opportunities for academic collaborations. Additional research collaborative opportunities in the area exist at the University of Memphis and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The UTHSC College of Medicine offers a generous start up package, and the Institution includes several core facilities, including the Lab Animal Care Unit (LACU), the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL), the Molecular Resource Center (MRC), the Flow Cytometry and Flow Sorting core (FCCS), the Molecular Bioinformatics Core (MBC), the Proteomics and Metabolomics Core (PMC) and the Research Histology Core (RHC). Furthermore, the Department of Pharmacology houses common facilities in laser confocal microscopy, laser capture microscopy, light sheet microscopy and high-throughput robotic electrophysiology. In addition, a strong Neuroscience community comprises the Neuroscience Institute, which offers a Mouse Behavior Core and an Imaging Center where electron microscopy is available.

Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae, three letters of reference, and a summary of research interests and plans.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service. Employing more than 4,600 people on its faculty, staff, and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, and with more than 3,200 students across the state, UTHSC contributes $4 billion to the economy of Tennessee.

Part of the University of Tennessee System, the Health Science Center is headquartered in Memphis and includes all six of UT’s doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges -- Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. UTHSC spans the state with its four major, regional clinical health science locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, as well as more than 100 clinical education sites across Tennessee. UTHSC is the largest educator of health care professionals in the state and operates the state’s largest residency and fellowship advanced training programs.

Located in West Tennessee on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is the second-largest city in the state and among the largest cities in the Southeast. The Greater Memphis metropolitan area has more than 1.3 million residents, and the city ranks among those with the lowest cost of living in the country. It is home to a vibrant restaurant scene, a revitalized Downtown, the Midtown Arts District, many scenic neighborhoods, an active medical district, and a burgeoning airport in the midst of a $214 million modernization. 

Memphis boasts attractions, including Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Memphis Grizzlies, historic Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, the second largest urban county park in the United States, and the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.


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