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Assistant/Associate Professor Faculty Position in Cell Biology

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Competitive salary, start-up package, and be assigned lab. space
Closing date
May 7, 2023

Job Details

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Assistant/Associate Professor

Faculty Position in Cell Biology



The Department of Cell Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OUHSC) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in the field of neurobiology/neuroscience. Applicants will be considered at the assistant or associate professor stage of their career.  We seek outstanding scientists with pioneering and rigorous research programs aimed at developing a mechanistic understanding of normal or diseased nervous system function. All areas of neurobiology and neuroscience will be considered. The successful candidates are expected to develop/maintain independent and dynamic extramurally funded research programs.


The Department of Cell Biology is one of five basic science departments within the College of Medicine at OUHSC, providing a highly interactive cohort of scientists with interests in cilia, cell signaling, neuroscience, vision, cardiovascular biology and cancer.  The department houses a state-of-the-art imaging center which includes two super-resolution microscopes that are capable of 3D-SIM, STORM and optical reassignment based live-cell super-resolution imaging, two-photon and confocal microscopy, as well as long-duration live cell epifluorescence imaging and a full-service histology core.  For further information about the department go to  Faculty members in the Cell Biology Department have the opportunity to mentor competitive graduate students through a variety of doctoral programs offered on the OUHSC campus, including Cell Biology and Neuroscience.


OUHSC is a comprehensive health center that includes Colleges of Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health, Public Health, Medicine, and the Graduate College.  It is home to two hospitals and an NCI-designated Cancer Center.  OUHSC Core Facilities include the state-of-the-art Laboratory for Molecular Biology and Cytometry Research, which provides services specializing in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, cytometry, and imaging. The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) is adjacent to OUHSC and maintains a collaborative partnership with OUHSC. Scientists at OMRF are also a source of collaborators for studies in this field. OMRF core facilities are available to OUHSC investigators.


OUHSC is located in downtown Oklahoma City, the country’s 20th largest city. The greater Oklahoma City area has a rich cultural base with modern, vibrant business and entertainment districts. The cost of living is enviably low relative to other university communities across the country.


Successful applicants will receive a competitive salary, generous, multi-year start-up package, and be assigned newly renovated laboratory space.


Job requirements include evidence of outstanding research productivity and a PhD, MD or equivalent. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of current research interests and future research plans as one pdf file. Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later stage. Please address the application to Dr. Jody Summers, Chair of the Cell Biology Search Committee and send the application packet to Ginnia Smith at


The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of health professionals and scholars.  We seek a community with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, and we provide equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age (40 or older), sex (see:  Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination policy) sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or veteran status. 


Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Cell Biology is to teach professional and graduate students, to perform scientific research, and to provide service, as an integral part of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.   


Cell Biology faculty members are engaged in fundamental biomedical research in many areas and use a variety of experimental approaches. Strong collaborative relationships exist within our department and with faculty in other departments. Core histology, photography, and microscopy facilities provide essential services to our faculty and students. Research is supported by grants from NIH, NSF, American Heart Association, The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Research to Prevent Blindness, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the Presbyterian Health Foundation, and other sources.


Cell Biology faculty teach histology, pharmacology, gross anatomy, and embryology to medical, dental, and allied health students, and neuroscience to medical students. We also teach in graduate courses offered through our department and the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience (OCNS), and participate in the integrated graduate curriculum designed for all first year graduate students.

Our Service

Faculty members serve on program and other committees of state, national, and international associations; on scientific advisory boards for non-profit organizations; as officers for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience; and on the Oklahoma State Anatomical Board. Most are active in their local community as organizers and judges of symposia and science fairs, and as speakers at lay organizations. In addition to our own students, we serve as mentors to students participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program, the Honors Research Program, and the OCNS summer fellowship program. Finally, many of the faculty in the Department of Cell Biology serve as mentors for senior high school students from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. 

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