Professor, Research - Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, School of Dentistry

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Professor, Research - Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, School of Dentistry

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Associate Professor

UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Requisition #: 230000FX

UTHealth Houston School of Dentistryseeks applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE) tenure track faculty position at the rank of Professor in theDepartment of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences. The position will be available February 2023.

The successful candidate will show evidence of research expertise in oral and/or craniofacial research through an established record of publications and externally-funded research in areas that complement current initiatives in theCenter for Craniofacial Research(CCR) and thePowers Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics(HCBB). The successful candidate will have considerable research expertise in oral and/or craniofacial research with a focus on innovative elements of research leading to technology development. A track record of successful collaboration across disciplines is essential. The position is highly competitive about salary, start-up funds, and laboratory space. Applicants must have one of the following degrees or equivalent: Ph.D., DDS, DDS/Ph.D.

Position key accountabilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Developing and maintaining an active line of funded research in an area consistent with the topics above

  • Writing grants and securing funding for new research as Principal Investigator (PI) and/or Co-PI

  • Contributing to scholarly literature via peer-reviewed publications and presentations

  • Leading teams of researchers in grant writing and scholarship

  • Conducting research that builds on current research lines and initiatives from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

  • Leading research teams in executing rigorous research that meets funding agency requirements and project milestones

  • Having the vision to integrate their research into the ongoing projects of the CCR and/or HCBB

  • Participating in ongoing, collaborative research projects with existing faculty members.

  • Participating in faculty grant review/feedback meetings

  • Serving as an active and visible member of the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research and/or other relevant professional organizations

  • Serving as a research mentor for trainees including dental and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or residents

  • Contributing to appropriate teaching responsibilities consistent with the mission of the department and school

  • Contributing to relevant service opportunities consistent with the mission of the department and school


  • Ph.D., DDS, DDS/Ph.D. or equivalent degree and postdoctoral training in biological science or bioengineering, with a research focus in oral and/or craniofacial research

  • Eligible for appointment at the rank of Professor

  • Demonstrated record of a sustained independent research program and success in securing federal funding supporting an active research program, preferably from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals with impact factors placing them in the upper tier of their specialty

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with strong potential for a leadership role within the department and research centers, and collaboration across research disciplines

  • Demonstrated history of mentorship and training of research trainees

  • Commitment to the role of the School in teaching the next generation of dental professionals

  • Commitment to excellence, discovery, service, and being on the path to being outstanding in their field of expertise and share an interest in fulfilling the common goals of the School of Dentistry at UTHealth Houston and the University as a whole

The School of Dentistry is one of six schools inUTHealth Houston and is located in the world’s largest medical center, theTexas Medical Center. This unique environment offers significant and unique research resources. In May of 2012, the School of Dentistry moved to a new, state-of-the-art 314,000-square-foot full replacement building, including the new Denton A. Cooley and Ralph C. Cooley University Life Center. The research facilities are new and state-of-the-art, including imaging, genomics, proteomics, histopathology cores, cell culture facilities, and pre-clinical models.

This is a security-sensitive position and thereby subject to Texas Education Code # 51.215. A background check and pre-employment drug screening will be required for the final candidate.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

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Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.