The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Virginia Commonwealth University has a postdoctoral research associate position immediately available. The research involves the study of the renal mechanism of hypertension and related kidney damage, currently focusing on the role of renal sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors in salt-sensitive hypertension, as well as the molecular mechanism of hypertension-induced kidney damage. Several animal and cell model systems will be used in these projects and many state-of-the-art techniques are available, such as telemetry blood pressure recording, Laser-Doppler blood flowmeter, servo-control of renal perfusion pressure, in vivo molecular imaging, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopic imaging of living cells, LC/MS, ESR spectrometry, patch clamping and ion channel reconstitution. MD, PhD or equivalent degree is required. Applicants must have proven skills and experience in biochemistry/molecular biology. Basic knowledge of cardiovascular/renal physiology and experience in animal experimentation are desired. To apply, send an application letter and CV, along with name and contact information for three references, to Dr. Ningjun Li, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Box 980613, Richmond, VA 23298-0613 (or via email, to email@example.com).