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Research will be performed in the Hatch Laboratory under the direction of Nan E. Hatch, DMD, PhD. Associate Professor of Dentistry and Chair of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry (  Electronic applications only will be accepted. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For a complete position description and application instructions, please visit and search by job opening number 446192.

Job Summary

We are seeking a highly motivated, postdoctoral research fellow to join our research group at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI. Our group utilizes a variety of molecular, cell biologic, pharmacologic and mouse genetic approaches to investigate craniofacial mesenchymal progenitor cell behavior, tissue mineralization and craniofacial skeletal development. We seek to establish fundamental regulators of craniofacial skeletal development and identify pathogenic processes leading to craniofacial anomalies. Our goal is to develop biomedical interventions for craniofacial skeletal abnormalities. Our work is both basic and translational, including collaborative work with biomaterial scientists to test drug delivery strategies in vivo and develop interventional treatment strategies for ultimate translation to patients.

The primary responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow will include: generate, analyze and prepare data for presentation and publication including mouse model work; participate in collaborative meetings of research group members; present research at meetings; and draft manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication. You will be responsible for independent projects and will publish in peer-reviewed journals. You will also have the opportunity to travel to scientific meetings to present your research results.

The successful candidate should be a recent Ph.D. graduate with experience in cell, molecular and/or developmental biology with a strong record of successful manuscript submission, scientific productivity, ability to work independently and ability to work within a group. 

Individuals with expertise in skeletal biology, craniofacial development, in vivo qualitative and quantitative analyses of transgenic/conditional/complete knockout mouse models; cell culture, organ culture, and/or rodent surgery, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

Work Locations

This position is located at the School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI 

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.

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.