The laboratory of Dr. Lance McMahon at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is looking for an energetic, talented, and driven Research Assistant Professor to join a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary group of researchers engaged in CNS drug discovery and blood brain barrier research in Amarillo, Texas. The team’s expertise includes medicinal chemistry, in vitro pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, behavioral pharmacology and pre-clinical models of CNS function and disease. Candidates should have a background in psychology, pharmacology, neuroscience, or physiology or some combination thereof. This position is supported by ample funding from NIH and internal sources and is immediately available. The successful candidate will immediately join ongoing experiments, as well as will design their own experiments, publish, travel to scientific meetings, and communicate their science in both written and oral presentation formats in a diversity of settings. This position is ideal for those looking for an opportunity to design and implement an independent research program in addition to working on federally funded projects. Amarillo is the location of the Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy, which is the home of a comprehensive graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences and is the location of the newly opened Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine, a $300M dollar state of the art facility.
The Research Assistant Professor will perform in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo work on psychoactive compounds or train and supervise laboratory members in these areas. The main goals of these studies will be to understand the underlying pharmacological mechanisms of isolated compounds as they pertain to the development of novel opioid abuse/ dependence therapeutics. The chosen Research Assistant Professor will be responsible for the preparation of grant summaries, data and manuscripts for presentation and publication, as well as internal and external grants. The Research Assistant Professor is expected to communicate professionally with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center veterinary staff and technicians, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), as well as write and manage IACUC protocols and ensure research animal welfare. The Research Assistant Professor is expected to collaborate with those within the research group, the department, and the scientific community, and is expected to attend lab meetings and events to present findings. The chosen Research Assistant Professor will mentor and supervise research assistants, graduate students, and interns, as well as have the opportunity to teach.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., D.Sc., M.D.) in area of project specialization of behavioral pharmacology, physiology, or neuropharmacology, completion of a relevant postdoctoral fellowship, and a supportive publication record. The successful Research Assistant Professor will possess the following skill sets: operant conditioning and/or microdialysis with aseptic surgical techniques. The ability to perform in vitro and ex vivo receptor binding assays is a preferred qualification. The successful candidate must also be able to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on scientific principles and institutional policies. Additionally important, the candidate should have exceptional critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to foster and maintain healthy working relationships.
As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.
Whether it be spending the day hiking through the Palo Duro Canyon State Park or the Caprock Canyons State Park, ‘getting your kicks on the historic Route 66’, visiting the iconic Cadillac Ranch, cheering for the Amarillo Sod Poodles, or partaking in steak-eating challenges at The Big Texan, Amarillo, TX has something for everyone. For those looking to explore a bit further, Albuquerque, NM, Santa Fe, NM, and Oklahoma City, OK are within an easy 4-hr drive.
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