Assistant/Associate/Professor - University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Memphis, Tennessee (US)
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
September 14 2020
Position Type
Full Time
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The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, TN, is seeking outstanding applicants for twelve-month full-time, tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant, associate or full professor level.

Apply at, posting # 20000000PD

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research and teaching interests, names and contact information of 3-5 references to the chair of the search committee. 


The applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. The ideal candidates are expected to have strong NIH funded (NIH R01 grant/s or similar equivalents) research programs in an area related to the research strengths of the department, included but not limited to pharmacology, physiology, renal (both kidney and lower urinary tract), electrophysiology, ion channel research, urological research, smooth muscle function and regulation, drug discovery and development related to identifying novel pharmacological targets for urological indications, gene therapy, epigenomics, metabolomics, or other related disciplines.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to maintain competitive extramural funding, a commitment to excellence in teaching in our PharmD and PhD Graduate Program, and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

The Chair of the Department, Dr. Georgi V. Petkov, recently received an NIDDK P20 Urology Research Center Grant. Dr. Petkov is encouraging the establishment of research collaborative teams aiming at submissions of NIH P- and U-level grants such as program project grants and center grants with the leading PI based in the Department. Specifically, Dr. Petkov is currently building a Urology Research Center with focus on benign urology (overactive bladder and urinary incontinence), kidney disease, and vascular dysfunction with the goal of submitting additional NIH center grants on lower urinary tract diseases and facilitating the establishment of an NIH funded NIDDK U-54 George M. O’Brien Research Center in Memphis, TN. 

NIH-funded candidates that can contribute to this team effort under Dr. Petkov’s leadership will be given special consideration. The candidate does not necessarily have to have a prior track record in urological research but may be someone who would bring new unique expertise to the field and the Department. For example, special preference would be given to candidates with demonstrated expertise and experience in genomics technology such as next-generation sequencing, Sanger, and microarray to provide molecular profiling data and polymorphisms for ion channel targets and their regulatory mechanisms in human and rodent models of urinary bladder disease. 

Additional preference will be given to candidates with strong background in RNA interference, PCR, RT-PCR, CRISPR, ChIP, Western blotting, single cell RNA sequencing, and in visceral smooth muscle genomics.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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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