The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry has an opening for a junior postdoctoral fellow to join the lab of Professor Timothy Cox in the department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.
The lab: Prof Cox's laboratory conducts both basic and translational research aimed at understanding mechanisms coordinating normal craniofacial development and those influencing an individual's susceptibility to common craniofacial birth defects such as cleft lip/palate and craniofacial microsomia . The lab's research incorporates the gamut of molecular, cellular and genetic techniques and has particular expertise in 3D imaging (microCT and Optical Projection Tomography) for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of embryonic and postnatal craniofacial development. We use both mouse and chick as our models , although the mouse is our main model for studying both developmental gene function and gene x maternal diet interactions and their impact on embryonic facial form. In addition, there are always opportunities for patient-focused genetic investigations through var i ous ongoing collaborative ventures.
Requirements for the position include a doctoral degree with a focus on craniofacial biology and/or an excellent understanding of clinical dental issues.
The successful applicant will, as part of their responsibilities, undertake research on a project focused on the basis of orodental phenotypes associated with cleft lip/palate using various mouse models. These studies are expected to investigate, both during fetal development and in postnatal animals, various factors contributing to caries susceptibility, including but not limited to salivary gland anomalies and issues with oral immunity. As such, animal handling experience is essential and technical expertise in histology, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, and basic molecular biology techniques is highly desirable. The successful applicant is expected to have good communication skills, be highly motivated, deeply curious and willing to try new techniques. It is also expected that they will be an engaged member of the laboratory team, actively participating in other research discussions in the lab. As they gain experience and develop more independence, they will be afforded flexibility to pursue or contribute to other research goals of their own interest that fall within the lab's area of focus.
Full Time/Part Time
This is a full-time, 100% benefit eligible, 12-month, unranked, non-tenure track (NTT) position
The salary range for this position is between $48,000-$52,000, and is commensurate with education and experience.
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Outstanding departmental resources : The Department of Oral & Craniofacial Sciences is located within the School of Dentistry and offers a collegial atmosphere with a gender - balanced faculty of senior and junior Pis . OCS Faculty have expertise in bone and developmental biology , biomaterials and 3D bioprinting . The Department has outstanding staff-supported core facilities that provide advice , training and service to researchers of all levels . These facilities include a fully supported advanced microscopy suite (multiple confocal microscopes , laser capture microdissection , live cell imaging capabilities i es), scanning and transmission electronic microscopy, a biostructure facility (including FTIR , Raman and atomic force m i croscopy), extensive biomechanical testing resources , a fully supported histology core , and the aforementioned tomographic scanners . There is also ample vivarium space , supported by trained technical staff . The Department is located adjacent Children ' s Mercy Hospital and the new Children ' s Mercy Research Institute (including the Center fo r Pediatrics Genomic Med i cine) and a short distance from the Stowers Institute fo r Medical Research and KU Medicine , offering many opportunities for interaction and collaboration .
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Our passionate commitment to oral health care is easy to see. It's on display daily inside sophisticated classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories and bustling practice clinics. The UMKC School of Dentistry is serving the community by delivering a world-class education to the next generation of dental leaders.
We offer a comprehensive range of oral health care degrees including a Doctor of Dental Surgery, continuing education, several options for dental hygiene and specialty advanced degrees that situate our graduates as industry leaders. Our nationally recognized faculty includes scholars, scientists and specialists. Their dedication allows the institution to stand out for its high-quality instruction and personal attention to student needs.
Our program is the only public dental school in Missouri. Our alumni account for roughly half of all practicing dentists in Missouri. But our reach goes further. We also provide a critical education outlet for Kansas and several other states without a dental school. UMKC is the only institution in Missouri offering advance educational programs and clinical training in General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontics, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and Endodontics. Click here
The school is small enough to offer students personal attention. Yet it also enjoys the benefits of being part of the University of Missouri system and its four publicly funded state universities. The other schools are located in Rolla, St. Louis, and Columbia.
The School of Dentistry is situated on UMKC's Hospital Hill campus, a few miles north of the main UMKC campus. Hospital Hill is home to a nexus of health care and educational institutions. The prestigious neighbors include Children's Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center, several private and public medical facilities and the UMKC Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies and Pharmacy. Students benefit from shared partnerships with the world-class medical and educational facilities. It provides a vast opportunity to learn and interact with scholars, researchers, and professionals across the health care spectrum.
Our work doesn't stop after graduation. We are committed to lifelong learning. The school hosts the Midwest Dental Conference annually. It brings together more than 3,000 dentists, dental hygienists and oral health care leaders from across the country. It offers a chance to connect with industry professionals, hear the latest scientific advances and utilize the school's continuing education classes so clinicians can learn about emerging practice changes and trends.
UMKC has eight programs fully accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation: Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dental Hygiene, Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontics, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and Endodontics.
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