MICROPHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS FOR NEUROPHARMACOLOGY
The Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position available immediately to apply microphysiological system (MPS) methodologies (organ-on-a-chip, tissue-on-a-chip, organoids, and microfluidics) to Neuropharmacology. Of potential interest are the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) in pathophysiology and as a druggable target, the development of neuropharmacological drugs, the modeling of substance use disorders and the associated mini-circuits, neurotoxicology, neurodegeneration, and the effect of the environment and inflammation on the gut-brain axis. Thus in vitro MPS models of the brain, retina, and engineered blood vessels could be particularly relevant.
Candidates will be considered at the rank of ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, based upon qualifications and experience. Priority will be given to candidates with external funding. Applicants at the Associate Professor level must have a record of federal funding and current extramural support. All applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, relevant postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of research productivity and accomplishments.
In the last four years under new leadership, the Department of Pharmacology is expanding its strong core of faculty devoted to research on Neurodegeneration, Neurotoxicology and Substance Use Disorders. The Department has recently moved to UTHSC’s new, state-of-the-art Translational Research Science Building (http://www.uthsc.edu/pharmacology/), which also houses researchers from the Departments of Physiology and Pediatrics, and the newly created Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics. Thus, the candidate will join a vibrant group of UTHSC scientists devoted to basic science and translational research on the key elements that comprise the neurovascular unit: central neurons, glia, and blood vessels, from their genetic basis to behavioral phenotyping. Additional collaborative opportunities exist at the University of Memphis and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
The UHTSC 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 Departmental of Pharmacology sustains commons facilities in light-sheet microscopy, laser confocal microscopy, laser capture microscopy, and high-throughput robotic electrophysiology.
Please submit curriculum vitae, 3 Letters of Reference, and a Summary of Research Interests and Plans to:
Fuming Zhou, PhD.
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Pharmacology
71 S. Manassas St., Memphis, TN 38103
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
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