The Department of Pharmacodynamics at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy invites applications for multiple tenured or tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. Candidates should have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree in an appropriate discipline, demonstrable success in academic research and extramural funding relative to their career stage, and an interest in contributing to graduate and professional education in the College.
The Department of Pharmacodynamics is one of the core basic science departments in the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy. Department faculty members work at the intersection of pharmacology, physiology, and neuroscience. We advance the drug discovery mission of the college by revealing how detailed cellular level mechanisms are connected to systems level physiology and behavior, in both health and disease. This is accomplished by identifying novel therapeutics and evaluating their effects in diverse in vitro and in vivo models, and by connecting molecular, cellular, and systems level observations to reveal new therapeutic targets.
Current work in the department focuses on the neurobiology and treatment of addiction, reward, pain, and stress, on the central and peripheral impacts of aging, on the biological mediators of neuroHIV, on the role of microglia and neuroinflammation in the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders, on the effects of microgravity on muscle cell biology, and on the use of transcriptional regulators as novel therapeutics in metabolic/cardiovascular disorders, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. The Department is interested in recruiting highly motivated and collaborative individuals with compatible academic interests and complimentary technical skills. We have particular interest in applicants with expertise in whole animal systems physiology and pharmacology, in vivo imaging, quantitative receptor mediated signal transduction, metabolomics, proteomics and transcriptomics. We are also interested in novel in vitro and in vivo models of disease. Candidates with research programs focused on cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, or neuropsychiatric disorders are also encouraged to apply.
The University of Florida is currently ranked #5 nationally among public universities, while the College of Pharmacy is currently ranked #3 in NIH Research funding, #3 in total federal funding, and #3 in total research funding. Notably, the College and the Department are located in the middle of a vibrant Health Sciences Center, the only one in the country to join six-health related colleges and multiple highly ranked basic science departments on a single contiguous campus. A number of well-established Institutes and Centers (including the Genetics Institute, the Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease, the Center for Natural Product Drug Discovery and Development, the Cancer Center, the McKnight Brain Institute, the Center for Addiction Research, and the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory) further build and maintain strong interactions across multiple departments and colleges. Collaborative opportunities are abundant. The Health Sciences Center is also closely integrated with the Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation and Technology, further enhancing our potential for transformative and translational research.
We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the department’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of underrepresented groups, protected veterans, and persons with disabilities. The University of Florida offers a salary commensurate with education and experience, resources to promote health and well-being, and a robust leave package with family-friendly benefits.
Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter, CV, statement of research interest, and contact information of three professional references. Please direct any additional questions to the Chair of the Search Committee (Charles J. Frazier, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org).