Assistant Professor, Biochemistry

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TitleAssistant Professor, BiochemistryCampusSan FranciscoDepartmentDepartment of Biomedical Sciences Posting NumberF00170Full or Part TimeFull TimeOpen DateClose DateOpen Until FilledYesDays Per Week4Weeks Per Year52 Position Description

Position Description

The Biomedical Sciences department at the University of the Pacific, Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry, is responsible for providing a major portion of the foundational basic science curriculum within the dental school, including biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, physiology, immunology. Although faculty members are integral in all activities of the school and participate in many areas of instruction, our Biomedical Sciences curriculum is becoming increasingly integrated to improve oral and systemic health, and enhance patient experiences.

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2019. For further information, contact David Ojcius ([email protected]).

Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. in biochemistry, cell biology, oral biology, or related disciplines and/or a D.D.S. or M.D.
Potential to establish an independent research program.
Ability to work as a team with administrators, fellow faculty, staff and students

2.Teaching Assignments
DDS, IDS (International Dental Studies), Dental Hygiene, and post-graduate residency program instruction.

Additional Qualifications

Strengths in Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Microbiology desirable:

oBC 114. Biochemistry
Study of major molecular structures and processes of the human organism including structure, function, and biosynthesis of the informational macromolecules, proteins and nucleic acids; generation and storage of metabolic energy; structure, genesis, and transformations of mineralized tissues; and digestion, absorption, and utilization of required nutrients. Particular attention should be paid to application of principles.

May also contribute to related courses:

oPG 220. Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Rationale of drug use in dental practice, and mechanisms of action of drugs used for the medical management of dental patients; pharmacodynamics and drug kinetics; quantitative pharmacology; drug laws and regulations; prescription writing; emergency drugs, autonomic, respiratory, cardiovascular, psychotropic, hormonal, gastrointestinal, antianxiety, antiparkinson, antidiabetic, antineoplastic drugs; neuromuscular blockers, histamine antagonists, inflammatory mediators, sedative- hypnotics, anticonvulsants, general and local anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, antifungal and antiviral agents, substance abuse, toxicology, drug interactions, and therapeutic decision making.

oMC 224. Microbiology
The biology of microorganisms that cause disease, including caries, and periodontal and endodontic infections. Microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, and virulence factors; molecular diagnostics and recombinant DNA technology. Pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical syndromes, laboratory diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Innate, humoral and cell-mediated immunity, hypersensitivity and vaccines. Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents. Bacterial infections, including oral manifestations; oral microbiology. Virology, with emphasis on HIV, herpesviruses, and hepatitis viruses; oral manifestations of viral infections. Mycology, with emphasis on oral infections. Parasitology, with emphasis on global public health. Microbiology laboratory, focusing on the human skin and oral microbiome.

3.Scholarship Expectations
All faculty in the department of Biomedical Sciences are expected to establish an independent program of scholarship and research, and to pursue external funding appropriate to their particular field of study. Individuals with current research activity in the areas of oral inflammation, oral cancer, oral microbiology, or pulpal stem cells will be of particular interest.

One of the core values of the School of Dentistry is Collaboration which is defined as “partnering for the common good.” Thus, the development of multidisciplinary, collaborative research projects between departments within the School of Dentistry will be encouraged. Research that can engage the clinical faculty in research and scholarship is particularly valued.

4.Service Expectations
All faculty in the department of Biomedical Sciences are encouraged to serve on dental school committees, as time and interest allow.

5.General Workload
Workload varies quarter to quarter, and is assigned by the Department Chair in consultation with the faculty member. Emphasis is placed on balancing the academic requirements of teaching, scholarship and service over the course of each year.
Specific workload and scheduling will be adjusted based on the faculty member’s, as well as the department’s needs. In addition to scheduled assignments, professional activities outside the school (presentations, consulting, etc.) will be supported and encouraged.

6.Annual Faculty Evaluations

Faculty members are assisted in assembling and maintaining a dossier, which provides documentation of their activities and accomplishments during their academic careers. This document is valuable in planning and maintaining appropriate balance in activities, but also is essential documentation for promotion and tenure review by the University.

Faculty members’ activities and accomplishments in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service are evaluated yearly by the Department Chair, with these evaluations being forwarded to the Associate Dean for Oral Health Education. The goal of these evaluations is to assist the faculty member in optimizing their professional activities such that they excel as educators, continue to grow personally and professionally, and qualify for tenure and promotion. Yearly evaluations are also used to determine merit salary increases.

The University of the Pacific is an equal opportunity employer.

Physical RequirementsSpecial Instructions

Candidates are expected to establish an independent research program in any area of biomedical sciences. Applicants are required to upload the following documents:
1. Curriculum Vita
2. Cover Letter
3. Teaching Philosophy
4. Research Plan
Additionally, applicants have the option to provide the contact information for three references to upload a letter of reference.

Contact InformationContact [email protected] Reference Letter Information

Are Applicants Required to Submit References for This Posting?NoMinimum Number of References3Maximum Number of References4Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must pass a criminal background check.

AA/EEO Policy Statement

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

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Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research Program Plan
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    Posted: 2/12/2019
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