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Please provide a cover letter that addresses your specific interest in this position and outline relevant skills and experience. Please also include a resume and the names of three references.

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Dr. Kenichi Kuroda,



Job Summary

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in an interdisciplinary laboratory to develop gene delivering biomaterials for human vascular regeneration.

Research project: Proposed studies supported by NIH  involve the synthesis and biological evaluation of new miRNA/plasmid delivering scaffolds to regenerate blood vessels for treatment of cardiovascular disease.  Studies will involve polymer vector synthesis, polyplex preparation and characterization, microsphere synthesis for controlled release of polyplex, fabrication of gene delivering scaffolds using 3D printing technology, in vitro studies designed to determine the role of delivered miRNA/plasmid in fibroblast/SMC trans-differentiation, and in vitro and in vivo evaluations of engineered vascular scaffolds.

Duties: The successful candidate will work with other lab members and collaborators to conduct studies relevant to materials (polymer synthesis, polyplex preparation, and scaffold  fabrication) proposed for the project. The candidate must be highly motivated with strong research capabilities and ability to design and carry out experiments with a high level of independence. This individual will also assist the PI in training new lab members, manage lab equipment and inventories, and write research manuscripts and documents.

Qualifications: The candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering with experience relevant to the project. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required. A strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals is desired. Research experience in animal surgery is encouraged, but not essential.

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 at 1011 N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078. 

Background Screening

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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.