Associate/Full Professor

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee (US)
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
April 19 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) invites applications (and nominations) from nationally and internationally renowned individuals for a twelve-month full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the associate or full professor level. The position is thematically focused on viral diseases and development of treatments against them. The position comes with a start-up package and state-of-the-art laboratory space. Resources will be proportional to the proposed scope of research. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research and teaching interests, names and contact information of 3-5 references online at the UTHSC website ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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 Applicants must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree, and a strong record of research productivity and accomplishments.  

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to maintain competitive extramural federal funding, a commitment to excellence in teaching in Pharm.D. and graduate programs as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.

The qualified candidate should have an outstanding record of research accomplishments and significant extramural funding. S/he is expected to maintain a vigorous, creative, externally funded research program that compliments those of current faculty and builds on existing strengths. The successful candidate will have an outstanding opportunity to develop collaborative research programs across the UTHSC campus. Additional research collaborative opportunities in the area exist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Memphis.

The Chair of the Department, Dr. Georgi V. Petkov, is an internationally recognized scientist with a strong NIH-funded research program in urology. As Chairman of the Department, Dr. Petkov plays a key role in ensuring that the UTHSC College of Pharmacy meets and exceeds its goals and objectives, including maintaining our status among the country’s leading NIH-funded pharmacy schools. Dr. Petkov is encouraging the establishment of research collaborative teams aiming at submissions of large NIH P-, K-, T- and U-level grants such as program project, training, and center grants with the leading PI based in the Department. To facilitate such collaborative efforts, in the past two years, Dr. Petkov aggressively recruited five diverse NIH-funded tenure-track faculty, thus increasing the available research expertise and NIH funding in the Department and further enhancing the national recognition of the College. As a result, our College recently moved from No. 26 to No. 16 in NIH funding among Colleges of Pharmacy. An important aspect in this context was Dr. Petkov’s recently awarded NIH/NIDDK P20-DK123971 Urology Research Center Grant “Center for Human Urinary Bladder Myogenic Mechanisms by Ion Channels in Health and Disease”. Dr. Petkov also established an NIH-funded P20 Educational Enrichment Program with the ultimate goal of training students in urological research with particular focus on recruiting minority students. More recently, Dr. Petkov teamed up with two other prominent UTHSC PIs to submit another major NIH training grant application, “Urological Epidemiology K12 Career Development Training Program”. Most importantly, Dr. Petkov is currently working to expand our NIH-funded Urology Center to the level of an NIH-funded U-54 George M. O’Brien Research Center in Memphis, TN. 

UTHSC is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of UTHSC is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service. Employing more than 4,600 people on its faculty, staff, and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, and with more than 3,200 students across the state, UTHSC contributes $4 billion to the economy of Tennessee.

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.