The post-doctoral associate will conduct mentored research directed at investigating the development of a new dental sealant material that is part of a NIH SBIR Phase II with a private company. This private company will synthesize a new polymer system for the potential use In dentistry. The role of this post-doctoral associate will be to examine a new material(s); therefore, the role will begin with standard physical and mechanical testing of the monomers and polymers. The work will move briskly to examining material properties in enamel bonding. This will involve interface analysis and stability under various environmental conditions including exposure to bacterial biofilms. While the position is focused on a SBIR subcontract, there is still a desire to publish research results at scientific meetings and in journal publications.
The position will be in a team environment. The collaborative research environment is looking for those with experience and further interest in multi-disciplinary research. This work will be directly supervised by Dr. Robert S. Jones DDS PhD but will have significant co-mentorship/supervision from Dr. Conrado Aparacio in the Department of Restorative Sciences.
The position is also expected to develop proficiency in relevant literature in this research area, be involved in the preparation of first- and co-authored manuscripts as well as research proposals, and make presentations at professional meetings. Examples of maintaining a well-organized lab notebook may be requested during the interview process.
The position also involves confidential information related to potential intellectual property. Candidates would be expected to follow university policies related to intellectual property disclosure and ownership.
Expected start date is Nov 1, 2018. Earlier starting dates can be considered. The duration of the appointment is 2 years.
The successful candidate must provide documentation of authorization to work in the United States as a precondition of employment.
-PhD degree in a biological sciences, physical sciences (for example material sciences), or engineering.
-Have had direct experience with physical and mechanical characterization of materials.
-Demonstrated ability to document in lab notebook; this would having the ability to document the work being done, have it be well-organized and meet grant and project requirements for documentation according to the supervisor’s directive.
-Must have authorization to work in the U.S. by start date of position
-Previous dental research experience is not necessary; however, experience with biomaterials characterization is desirable.
-Highly qualified applicants will have direct experience with bacterial interactions with materials, including basic microbiological methods. Lab specific training will be done in the area of microbiology.
Internal Number: 327035
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