The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)

Postdoctoral Position

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)

Memphis, TN, United States

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION – Vascular Biology/Oxidative stress/Ion channels

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Helena Parfenova, Department of Physiology, University of Tennessee Heath Science Center,  to study the effects of oxidative stress on the physiological functions of cerebral vessels. We use neonatal pigs as a clinically relevant large animal model of cerebral vascular disease and blood-brain barrier disruption caused by epileptic seizures and hypoxia-asphyxia. We place particular emphasis on endogenous antioxidant cytoprotective mechanisms in the neonatal brain. We combine intravital microscopy of the brain vasculature with cellular-molecular studies in cerebrovascular myocytes, endothelial cells, and astrocytes to identify the mechanisms of neurovascular survival during oxidative stress.

Experience with cellular-molecular biology, confocal microscopy, blood-brain barrier permeability, and mechanisms of cell death is preferred.


PhD or MD. Proficiency in electrophysiological recordings of ion channels is absolutely required. 

Please send curriculum vitae, description of the research experience, and names and addresses of three references to:

Dr. Helena Parfenova


Department of Physiology

Salary will be commensurate with relevant experience and is competitive for postdoctoral fellows. The position includes an excellent benefits package ( Located in Memphis, a dynamic Mid-South city rich in culture, history, diversity, music and cuisine, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is one of the largest, most comprehensive academic health centers in the United States with a solid commitment to postdoctoral training. UTHSC is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA/V institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.