PHARMACOLOGY

Department of Pharmacology Employment Opportunities

 

San Antonio is a vibrant, multicultural city that borders the Texas Hill Country, offering museums of art and culture, diverse cuisine, ample outdoor recreation, and professional sports including arena football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer. South Texas boasts many state and national parks to be enjoyed year round under sunny skies and a pleasantly warm climate. Cost of living is very affordable, and San Antonio is an ideal place to live for those transitioning from graduate training to a career in science.

 

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions Available

 

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Gek-Ming Sia in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Our laboratory studies the development of cortical circuits and synapses, and their involvement in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Potential projects include following up on recent findings on the molecular players involved in language acquisition (Sia et. al., Science, 2013), and the development of novel tools to uncover additional molecular determinants of cortical circuitry formation. Projects will include the use of genetic mouse models, live cell imaging, and chemicogenetic and optogenetic manipulation of cortical circuits. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with experience in biochemical and molecular biological work.


UTHSCSA is a Tier 1 Research Institution located in northwest San Antonio, a multi-cultural city with a low cost-of-living. The university has excellent core facilities, including a world-class imaging facility with super-resolution and live animal brain imaging capabilities.


To apply, please send a curriculum vitae, contact information for 2-3 references, and a brief description of your research interests to Gek-Ming Sia, Ph.D. at siag@uthscsa.edu.

 

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Drs William Clarke and Kelly Berg in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Our laboratory studies the regulation of ligand efficacy at mu, delta and kappa opioid receptor systems as well as delta-kappa receptor heteromers in peripheral sensory neurons. We utilize a powerful, complementary system that permits detailed study of receptor signaling mechanisms in adult rat peripheral sensory neurons in culture and evaluation of physiological relevance in vivo using rat behavioral models of nociception. We apply contemporary receptor theory (functional selectivity, constitutive receptor activity, inverse agonism, etc.) to understand the cellular factors that regulate opioid agonist efficacy and thereby develop new pharmacological targets for improved pain therapy. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with experience in G protein coupled receptor pharmacology, electrophysiology, cell culture/signaling and/or animal behavior to lead a project recently funded by NIH NIA on effects of aging on peripheral pain and analgesia.


UTHSCSA is a Tier 1 Research Institution located in northwest San Antonio, a multi-cultural city with a low cost-of-living. The university has excellent core facilities, including a world-class imaging facility with super-resolution and live animal brain imaging capabilities.


To apply, please send a curriculum vitae, contact information for 2-3 references, and a brief description of your research interests to Dr. Kelly Berg at berg@uthscsa.edu.



 

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