Regenerative Medicine - Faculty Position

Houston, Texas (US)
Competitive, based on experience
October 05 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Company Description
The Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 with one mandate: to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments. The Research Institute, housed with Houston Methodist Hospital – a US News and World Reports Honor Roll hospital – has dedicated research space embedded throughout the campus, with a 440,000-square-foot dedicated research building that provides the technology and facilities needed to support all stages of research, product development, and clinical trials to benefit patients around the world. The Research Institute includes laboratory space to house over 1500 staff and trainees, 277 principal investigators, and more than 250 clinical trials. Over 20 core facilities enhance interdisciplinary research, including two Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facilities which provide capabilities to create clinical-grade radiopharmaceuticals, biological agents, nanoparticles and devices. The Institute houses preclinical GLP support, state-of-the-art imaging equipment for preclinical and clinical studies, and the Methodist Institute for Training, Innovation and Education (MITIE), a surgical simulation and procedural skills training facility.

The Center for Neuroregeneration at the Houston Methodist Research Institute led by Philip Horner, PhD, is a growing group of scientists and clinicians at the Houston Methodist Research Institute with the goal of creating new therapies for people with chronic neurologic injury.

Job Description
The Center for Neuroregeneration actively seeks an Early Stage Scientist (Assistant Professor) to join our research team to perform research designed to help people with severe motor impairment from neurologic disorders. The Center for Neuroregeneration is a growing group of scientists and clinicians with the goal of creating new therapies for people with chronic neurologic injury. We seek researchers or clinician-scientists with expertise in neural plasticity, synaptic function and remodeling to work with existing neurobiologists, stem cell biologists, bioengineers and clinicians at HMRI and throughout the TMC. We are interested in candidates with multidisciplinary research interests that bridge life sciences and biomedical engineering.

Synapse Development Faculty


  • Must demonstrate the capability to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program
  • Create independent research in animal and/or human models that impacts neural regeneration.
  • Participate in research activities and contribute to the excellence of the environment within the HMRI.
  • Contribute to the diversity and training excellence of residents, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students within HMRI.
  • Expected to provide effort toward translational research.
  • Work with clinical faculty to establish research partnerships and educational efforts that focus on new mechanisms to promote neurological recovery.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • MD or PhD in molecular neuroscience, physiology or cell biology. Particular areas of training that are preferred include neural plasticity, sensorimotor mechanisms, neural coding, regeneration or neural signaling.
  • Novel high-throughput platforms or in vivo system biology approaches are both considered important aspects of expertise in neural plasticity that should include a molecular understanding of synapse and network plasticity in the context of development, neural injury or neural regeneration.
  • Experience in molecular or cellular biology of synapse development, plasticity or regeneration in experimental mammalian or non-mammalian model systems is preferred.
  • Experience with working with human research subjects, tissues or materials is considered a strength but not a requirement. 


New faculty members are expected to develop a vigorous, internationally recognized, independent research program and establish independent funding through NIH, DOD or similar. The Center for Neuroregeneration is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research and the desire for collaborative problem-solving.

Please send Curriculum Vitae and statement of research interests and future objectives to Dee Woodson, Program Project Manager at