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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee, United States (on-site)
21 days ago
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
21 days ago
Job Type
Area of Focus
Min Education
Required Travel
Job Function
Basic Research


The Hamilton Eye Institute (, Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is pleased to announce a search for a new faculty member to join our highly successful programs in ophthalmic research, training, and patient service. This new tenure-track position will be at the level of Assistant, Associate, or full Professor. Faculty rank will be commensurate with candidate’s qualifications and experience and will include a competitive start-up package.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to access the exceptional opportunities and excellent resources available in the Department of Ophthalmology, across the UTHSC campus, and within local and statewide hospitals to develop collaborative research programs. In addition, the successful candidate can apply for a joint appointment in other basic science departments including but not limited to: Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry; Anatomy and Neurobiology; Genetics, Genomics and Informatics; and Pharmacology, Addiction Science and Toxicology. They can also apply for membership in one or more of the following highly regarded UTHSC institutes: Tennessee Institute of Regenerative Medicine; the Neuroscience Institute; or the Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Solutions. 


Applicants must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent terminal degree. 

We are particularly interested in candidates with active research programs that complement existing departmental strengths in retina and glaucoma research, which includes in ocular pharmacology, retinal neurodegeneration, stem cell-derived therapies, and artificial intelligence. Candidates conducting investigations of the anterior segment are also welcome to apply. The strongest candidates will have an excellent record of research accomplishments and national funding. The primary duties of this position include: 1) maintaining a vigorous, creative, externally funded research program; 2) teaching vision-related lectures to medical, dental, and graduate students; and 3) providing service to the department, university, and community.

The strongly collaborative and translational research environment across the UTHSC campus also reaches to neighboring universities and research institutions including Southern College of Optometry, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Charles Retina Institute, the Vitreoretinal Foundation, Independent Ophthalmic Consultants, Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates, Methodist University Hospital, the University Clinical Health, and the College of Pharmacy. The Department of Ophthalmology has 20 full-time Faculty Members and 3 Professor Emeriti. It also currently has 15 PGY 2-4 residents, who are required to perform basic or clinical research for at least a year as part of their requirements, and 4 clinical fellows specializing in retina, oculoplastics, and ocular oncology.

Application Process:

All applications will be held in the strictest of confidence. A review of application materials will begin immediately upon receipt. For best consideration, please submit your application materials by July 30, 2024. The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, complete CV, summary of research accomplishments and goals, and names and contact information of three references via the UTHSC Taleo application portal ( In addition, please send the application packet as a single PDF file along with any questions to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Monica M. Jablonski (

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science 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.

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