Postdoctoral Scholar

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Greenville, SOUTH CAROLINA

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Position Information

Job Title Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Number PDS-SODM-03-20
Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Department HSH SODM
Department Homepage
Advertising Department DENTAL MEDICINE, SCHOOL OF
Division Health Sciences
Classification Title Postdoctoral Scholar
Working Title Postdoctoral Scholar
Number of Vacancies 1
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Full Time or Part Time Full Time
Salary Range $52,704
Position Location (City) Greenville
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholars
Job Category Postdoctoral Scholars
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Division of Health Sciences is the largest and most complex division within the University, employing more than 900 EHRA employees and 1,700 SHRA employees. The Division is composed of numerous Centers, Institutes, and agencies such as East Carolina Heart Institute and Eastern Area Health Education Center, the Colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, the Brody School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Laupus Health Science Library. In addition to the Academic and Administrative responsibilities of the division, the four professional schools provide clinical services throughout eastern North Carolina in a variety of settings and venues.

The School of Dental Medicine is composed of ten administrative offices and four academic departments. The Administrative units include the Offices of the Dean, Vice Dean, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Discovery, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Assistant Dean for Extramural Clinical Practices, Assistant Dean for Dental Education and Informatics, Assistant Dean for Educational Support and Faculty Development, Assistant Dean for Academic Success and the Executive Director for Business and Financial Affairs. The four academic departments are Surgical Sciences, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, General Dentistry and Foundational Sciences and Research.

Included in the mission of the School of Dental Medicine is to educate dental care providers (both dental students and dental residents) and to address the oral health care needs of the underserved population of North Carolina. The School of Dental Medicine meets these missions by operating dental clinics that provide both educational experiences for the dental students and residents and provides dental care to the residents of North Carolina. These clinics occur in both Ross Hall in Greenville, North Carolina, as well as Community Service Learning Centers located throughout North Carolina. In order to operate these clinics, appropriate dental auxiliaries and clinical staff are needed.

Job Duties

The postdoctoral scholar is responsible for independent and collaborative development, implementation, and analysis of scientific research in the following: 1. Preparation and micro tensile testing of adhesive resin interfaces created in tooth structures and dental biomaterials 2. Preparation of PILP solution and synthesis of bioactive nanoparticles to evaluate its potential remineralizing effect on demineralized enamel and dentin substrates 3. Cultivation and maintenance of fibroblasts and odontoblast cells to evaluate bioactive nanoparticles bioactivity 4. Incorporate bioactive nanoparticles into aqueous solution and/or resin-bases composite materials for dental application, 5. Sample preparation and analysis under TEM, SAED, SEM, Time-of-flight SIMS, Confocal microscopy, FT-IR, XRD, light microscopy equipment. Responsibilities include management of all aspects of the lab, including project, personnel management, the training and supervision of at least but not limited to one postdoctoral fellow, one graduate student and one undergraduate student at any given time. Duties include: hypothesis development, literature review, collection of pilot data, report writing, and supervising of undergraduate research students and graduate research students, overseeing data collection procedures, supervising experimental procedures, review of data for quality control, supervision of data entry/data analysis, analysis of research hypothesis using descriptive and multivariate statistics, and the development of independent and collaborative presentations and publications.

The postdoctoral scholar will independently plan, develop, conduct and evaluate scientific research in a laboratory. This position would be expected to understand the context and implications of the proposed research necessary to conduct research in the scientific disciplines of engineering, chemistry, and material science. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to project planning, experimental design, developing methodology, conducting procedures, modifying procedures as needed, data collection and analysis, laboratory communication and instruction. The scholar will be expected to demonstrate and model effective mental concentration, visual attention and manipulative skills. Work will include the training and supervision of staff, students and others in performing specific techniques or phases of experiments. There will be no patient related activities for this position. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including biosafety, responsible conduct of research and human subjects training.

Approximately 90% of the postdoctoral scholar’s time will be devoted to research. Approximately 10% of the postdoctoral scholar’s time will be devoted to managing the day-to-day activity of undergraduate and graduate research students in the laboratory.

Minimum Education/Experience

English Proficiency
Excellent written and oral communication skills

Interested candidates must be able to work independently, be self-motivated, and have at least one first-authored paper in a peer-reviewed journal at the time of application. The ability to work effectively in a research team is essential. The successful candidate should be able to manage multiple detail-oriented tasks with minimal supervision, be capable of trouble-shooting and critical thinking, and be self-motivated, dedicated and creative

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

DMD or DDS degree from an US accredited dental school or foreign equivalent, MS and PhD degrees in Dental Materials, greater than 5 years of experience in a basic science laboratory with expertise and working knowledge of:
- Synthesis of nanoparticles using sol-gel and modified Stöbber techniques
- Biological and non-biological sample preparation for SEM and TEM evaluation
- Sample preparation for enamel-dentin resin interfaces evaluation under confocal, SEM and TEM microscopes
- Cell culture for bioactive evaluation of bioactive particles
- Mechanical and chemical tests for tooth structure and dental biomaterials interfaces
- Management of undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows
- Help on management of budgets from funding sources

License or Certification Required by the Department
Special Instructions to Applicant

To be considered for this position, all applicants must apply through PeopleAdmin and attach their CV or resume, cover letter and names and contact information of 3 references. Appointments are typically for a one-year period. Five years (typically five appointments of one year) is typically the maximum total period that any individual may serve as a Scholar. The University, in its sole discretion has the option to renew or extend any appointment, subject to the availability of funds, past performance evaluations and/or any other lawful reasons. For other information on the ECU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, please visit our website at:

Additional Instructions to Applicant

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Job Open Date 03/18/2020
Open Until Filled No
Job Close Date - Positions will be posted until 11:59 p.m. EST on this date. If no closing date is indicated, the position may close at any time after the initial screening date. 03/25/2020
Initial Screening Begins
Rank Level Not Applicable
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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. If highest degree earned is from an institution outside of the U.S. and its territories, final candidates are required to have their degree validated as equivalent to the degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information

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