Postdoctoral Scholar in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Job posting number: #7067566

Posted: July 7, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Sun Laboratory at the University of Iowa College Of Dentistry. Our group seeks to understand the underlying mechanism by which adult stem cell behaviors are regulated by micro-environmental cues during musculoskeletal tissue regeneration. Inspired by the fundamental findings in stem cell/developmental biology, we are devoted to developing novel biomimetic nanostructured biomaterials and local drug delivery-based translational strategies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

A Ph.D. in materials/polymer science, organic/polymer chemistry, chemical/biomedical engineering, or other closely related areas is required. Applicants with expertise in organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, nanoparticle/biomaterials-based controlled local drug delivery (e.g., small molecules, genes, and proteins/peptides), 3D polymeric porous scaffold/hydrogel fabrication, functionalization, and characterization, biodegradable polymer synthesis, and modification study are highly encouraged to apply. It will involve characterizations of the synthesized biomaterials by using several sophisticated characterization techniques including SEM, TEM, AFM, FT-IR, UV/Vis, XPS, static and dynamic light scattering, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, HPLC, rheometer, DSC, and microplate reader, etc. Experience/knowledge in bone tissue engineering including, molecular biology techniques, cell culture, and animal work is a plus. The successful candidates must be highly self-motivated, hard-working, and independent while willing to collaborate with others in an interdisciplinary group.

We will provide a highly supportive environment and state-of-art facilities & resource for the postdoctoral fellow to achieve high productivity and success. Plenty of opportunities to supervise under/graduate students and collaborate with scientists from multi-disciplinary fields (e.g., bone and developmental biologists, materials scientists, chemists, oral/orthopedic surgeons, dentists, and engineers) will also be available to facilitate his/her independent career development. The position is initially for one year, with a multiple-year renewal option dependent upon performance. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae (CV) and contact information of three professional references through Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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