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How to Apply

Applicants should submit electronically, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a two to three page descriptive research plan, and contact details for three professional references using our secure website:  For best consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2016.  Applications will be accepted and evaluated on an on-going basis until the position is filled.

Further information may be obtained by visiting the department website at

Questions regarding the position description should be directed to the search committee chair, Vesa Kaartinen, Professor of Dentistry, at  For other questions regarding the application or search process, please contact Stephanie Collins at or Deborah Keedy at  

The University of Michigan is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan invites nominations and applications for a full time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  The appointment is based in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, a basic science department in the School of Dentistry.  The department seeks investigators with outstanding accomplishments and future promise in developmental, integrative physiology, systems and/or molecular neurosciences.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and productive postdoctoral training or hold a position in the neurosciences.  The successful candidate will be expected to establish an outstanding, independent research program supported by external peer-reviewed funding and contribute to the teaching mission of the school.

The Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences offers an outstanding work environment and enjoys a strong tradition of collaborative research with several schools and colleges at the University of Michigan.  Department strengths in neurobiology include neurotrophic factors in development and maintenance of neural circuits, degenerative diseases of spinal motor neurons and neuromuscular junctions, taste and lingual somatosensation, motor control of oral function, neural regulation of salivary gland biology, and orofacial pain. The successful candidate will complement one or more of these strengths and fit well into the broader neuroscience community of the University of Michigan.

The School of Dentistry is committed to the University of Michigan’s core values of academic excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion. Outstanding university-wide facilities and resources are available to support our faculty members.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to actively participate in well-established Ph.D. programs in Neuroscience, Oral Health Sciences, and the Program in Biomedical Sciences, that includes 14 doctoral programs. Sensory sciences have a strong presence at the U-M, and include, for example, investigators at the Kellogg Eye Center and Kresge Hearing Research Institute.

Work Locations

This position is located in the School of Dentistry at 1011 N. University Ave

Underfill Statement

The successful candidate will be appointed on the tenure track at the rank of assistant or associate professor with a recruitment package commensurate with experience and credentials. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

MDentistry: advancing health through education, service, research and discovery. 

MDentistry Core Values: Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility, Trust, Creativity, and Inclusion.

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:  Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.  Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.