Research Assistant

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Center of Dental Medicine
Research Assistant
20 %

University of Zurich's Center of Dental Medicine is one of the four dental university centers of Switzerland. It has approximately 390 employees and comprises six clinics, an institute, and a central administration department.
The division of Dental Biomaterials Research group of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Mutlu Özcan, PhD has a vacant position for a Research Assistant.
Your responsibilities
Project description
Hydrogels are known by their excellent biocompatibility, causing minimal inflammatory response and tissue damage. Photo-polymerizable, injectable hydrogels have been utilized as a minimally invasive option compared to metal coils for the treatment of brain aneurysms, which is a life-threatening cerebral hemorrhage, often resulting in death or severe brain damage. An improved version of this class of hydrogels used in neurosurgery will be further developed as dental biomaterial. Root-canal treatments are among the most difficult clinical applications in dentistry. Unsuccessful treatments yield to failure of the treatment or reinfection of the tooth. Given the fact that unsuccessful root canal treated teeth have less favorable prognosis especially under reconstructions, in part also due to the complex anatomy of the root canals, the group of Prof. Mutlu Özcan is developing a new root canal treatment solution in collaboration with Dr. M. Bispinghoff, Dr. A. Schmocker from the Medtech startup Lumendo and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). This innovative, low-viscosity, injectable material will be implemented as a photo-activated root canal sealer in dentistry. This innovation will allow for a minimally invasive, easy-to-use root canal filling material, which will have the potential to make the treatment faster and easier and thereby improve the treatment outcome and help people keep their natural teeth longer.
The multidisciplinary project, combining material science and bioengineering technologies, is funded by Innosuisse Grant of the Swiss Innovation Agency (2020-2022) grant for the project "Photo-polymerizable Root Canal Filling Material Development".
  • Testing, assessing and optimizing the product prototypes from a clinician's perspective.
  • Providing regular feedback and advice to the R&D team to ensure that the product meets the clinicians' needs.
  • Train and supervise the R&D team in dental applications and methods in laboratory settings.
  • Drafting reports and scientific publications of the study outcomes in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Setting and assisting preclinical, clinical studies to test the product performance and user evaluations.

Your profile
  • Should be a holder of a university degree in Dentistry including "Master" and "Doctorate".
  • Should have at least 3 years of clinical experience.
  • Should have a particular interest in biomaterials research.
  • Must be able to work in team, as he/she will work in close collaboration with PhD students.
  • Should have strong scientific publication record.
  • Should have experience in dental materials development and testing.
  • Deep scientific understanding, creative thinking, problem-solving skills.
  • Should master English and German in speaking and writing.
  • Should have skills in presentation and operation using both Microsoft Office and Mac.

What we offer
  • Highly innovative research project aiming to develop a dental biomaterial that can help improve people's health.
  • An interdisciplinary working environment, giving high responsibility and freedom.
  • Working with young, entrepreneurial and motivated team.
  • Attractive 1-year 20% employment contract (expected date of project end: 15 January 2022).

Selection method
An application requires a written solicitation, extended CV, and two references with contact information. The selection will be based on the comparison of the submitted applications, including an interview with the pre-selected candidates.
Applications to be sent to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c., Mutlu Özcan, PhD, before 22 January 2021.
Place of work
Center of Dental Medicine
Clinic of Reconstructive Dentistry
Plattenstrasse 11
8032 Zurich
Start of employment
Start date as soon as possible.
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