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Fixed Term Research Faculty

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
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Jul 16, 2021

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Permanent Faculty

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Fixed Term Research Faculty

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Fixed Term Faculty


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Position Summary:

The Adams School of Dentistry at the University of Chapel Hill has the mission of transforming dentistry for better health and a vision to become the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery. The Adams School of Dentistry uses the values of passionately serving, our people, community and field through inclusiveness to achieve our mission and create our vision.

The Adams School of Dentistry is composed of five administrative offices and five academic divisions. The Administrative units include the following Offices of the Dean and Vice Dean: Academic Affairs, Clinical Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, and Discover and Innovation. The five academic divisions are 1) Comprehensive Oral Health, 2) Pediatric and Public Health, 3) Craniofacial and Surgical Care, 4) Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Pathology, and 5) Oral Craniofacial and Health Sciences.

The Adams School of Dentistry is committed to inspiring, creating and supporting all aspects of Discovery and Innovation. This is highlighted by the diverse, inspiring and high-quality accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, research fellows and visiting scholars. In addition, investigators within the Adams of School of Dentistry, interact and collaborate with investigators in all units on the UNC-CH campus, as well as with leading investigators and institutions elsewhere in the United States and abroad.

The Adams School of Dentistry is seeking a fixed-term faculty member at the rank of Assistant, Associate and/or Full Professor for the following job duties.
The Faculty will be responsible for development, implementation, and/or growth of a cutting edge, independent yet collaborative research program focused on one of the following areas:
• Craniofacial genetics and development
• Immune dysfunction
• Microbial-host interactions
• Stem cell and developmental biology
• Environmental health and toxicology

The faculty member will interact with numerous Departments and Divisions in the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing etc. The position will also mentor students, residents, faculty and staff to elucidate the pathogenesis of oral and systemic diseases/conditions. The faculty member will also engage with the Office of Academic Affairs to develop, implement and/or deliver biomedical science content within the faculty’s realm of expertise to DDS, MS, and PhD students.

The position reports to the Chair of Oral and Craniofacial Health Sciences and collaborates closely with the Office of Discovery and Innovation to support the School’s programs and initiatives. In addition, the position works closely with other Schools and Colleges of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as local/regional/national/international research and education programs.

Specific duties include:
• Develop, direct and lead teams in a cutting edge independent yet collaborative research program to elucidate the pathogenesis of oral and systemic disease states/conditions.
• Seek and acquired extramural funding to support an independent yet collaborative research program.
• Integrate and supervise DDS, MD, MS and PhD students in the discovery and innovation when applicable.
• Provide educational opportunities to DDS students.
• Serve on committees and boards within and outside the Adams School of Dentistry. Serve on local, national and international committees for state/federal government agencies and professional societies. Represent the School to internal and external constituencies as appropriate.
• Perform other duties and assume additional responsibilities as assigned by the Division Chair for Oral and Craniofacial Health Sciences.
• Candidates may be considered for title/rank of Assistant Professor or higher on the fixed-term track. Appointments are commensurate with education and experience.

Educational Requirements:

PhD in Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Oral Biology, Toxicology or otherwise appropriate area of expertise required.

DDS/DMD with or without specialization required.

Qualifications and Experience:

• Evidence of potential for productivity in scholarly activities (e.g. success in acquiring extramural funding, peer-reviewed publications of research and/or other scholarly activities)
• Advanced Education/Certification in general dentistry, operative dentistry, or prosthodontics preferred.
• Commitment to and evidence of passion/perseverance in chosen and future profession preferred.
• Commitment to and evidence of ingenuity/innovation in performing current and future job duties preferred.
• Commitment to and evidence of collaboration/teamwork in performing current and future job duties preferred.
• Commitment to and evidence of willingness to identify and resolve problems preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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