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How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume including research interests/career plans, a list of publications and the names of three references to Nisha D'Silva, BDS MSD PhD, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at email: .  A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


A postdoctoral position is available immediately to participate in a sponsored research program aimed at understanding the cell and molecular properties of head and neck cancer that promote tumor progression and treatment resistance. The fellow will have a particular focus on how these cells interact with the tumor microenvironment. The fellow will perform in vitro and in vivo experiments. The candidate should have experience in animal handling in addition to some of the following laboratory techniques: tissue culture, moelcular biology and microbiology assays, and imaging/microscopy. In addition to performing experiments, the fellow will analyze and present data, prepare manuscripts, assist in preparation of grant reports, and participate in research group data discussions.

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.

Why Work at Michigan?

The School of Dentistry is consistently ranked as the #1 dental school in the United States and the world. We embrace diversity in many forms and champion diversity of thought and culture. Our Mission, core values, and additional information about our school can be found on our website. The University of Michigan also offers comprehensive benefits to help you stay well and to support you as you plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous paid time off for vacations, holidays, sick time, season days, and paid parental leave.
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions after the first year of employment. Many choices for comprehensive health insurance.
  • Life insurance.
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses.
  • Work-life programs to strengthen a workplace culture that supports personal and family life, including child care, elder care, lactation resources, and mental and emotional health services.

Required Qualifications*

PhD in cancer biology or immunology, or related disciplines with experience in mouse models preferentially applied to cancer research.

Work Locations

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

Additional Information

This is a one year position with an option for a second year contingent upon a favorable performance review of the first year.

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.

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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