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Endowed Professorship in Tissue Engineering
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Date Posted Oct. 11, 2018
Title Endowed Professorship in Tissue Engineering
University University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Department Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Baltimore, MD
    United States
  • Professor
    Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dentistry - General

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry invites applications for the Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This distinguished position requires an eminent research scientist in the field of tissue engineering who will work with maxillofacial surgeons to provide innovative solutions and translational discoveries to enhance patient care in Maryland. The successful candidate will have a joint appointment in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.


The University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD), the world's first dental college, offers exceptional educational programs in oral health. As one of six professional schools on the University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) 71-acre campus, it's part of a thriving academic health center that combines groundbreaking biomedical research and exceptional patient care. Close to 7,000 students and 6,000 faculty and staff members make the university a powerful economic engine for the state and region. The Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will be based full-time at UMSOD.

Scientific discovery is a vital part of UMSOD'svision. Its state-of-the-art facilities contain more than 50,000 square feet of dedicated research space, creating a cutting-edge environment for UMSOD faculty members and their UMB colleagues from the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and others. That commitment to research also extends beyond the UMSOD building. Adjacent to campus is the University of Maryland BioPark, which fuels the commercialization of new drugs, diagnostics, and devices, enabling collaboration among 850 scientists and entrepreneurs. Opportunities for collaborative research with other institutions include the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Other surgical departments with embedded research tissue engineers include orthopedic surgery and cardiac surgery. A location in the dynamic Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area gives UMB researchers ready access to the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies and institutions. Collaborative research with industry and entrepreneurship leading to startup companies is strongly supported by the university.

A strong emphasis on patient care complements UMSOD's focus on research. The School of Dentistry is Maryland's predominant provider of comprehensive and emergency oral health services, serving nearly 26,000 people through more than 111,800 patient visits annually. Its students have a long history of public service, expanding access to oral health care in Baltimore and beyond. Notably, the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical Center's R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the nation's first and only integrated trauma hospital, as well as the Greenebaum Cancer Center. The department's 15 full-time faculty members have national and international reputations in surgical fields encompassing trauma, craniofacial deformity, oral cancer, and facial reconstruction, both bone and soft tissue.

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry, with distinguished faculty and a student body among the most diverse in the nation, is uniquely positioned to improve, shape and advance the health care landscape. Through comprehensive research, education and service programs, the school continues to be a national leader in dentistry.


The Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is the home of an emerging academic discipline, exciting interdisciplinary degree programs, and faculty members and students who want to make a difference in human health care through education, research and invention.

The department occupies three whole floors in the A. James Clark School of Engineering's brand-new 184,000 square-foot building, Clark Hall, which features state-of-the-art facilities for research. This includes the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices and its 15,000-plus square feet of laboratory and research space for the development and translation of next-generation medical devices. The department also serves as the home for the new NIH-funded Center for Engineering Complex Tissues, which works to develop techniques to create complex tissues and parts for the body.

Located just outside of Washington, D.C., the Fischell Department of Bioengineering takes full advantage of its proximity to an expansive number of health care facilities, medical schools, biomedical research centers and federal regulatory agencies. In addition to the NIH (including the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the National Cancer Institute), it has established relationships with the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, the National Science Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department's faculty members are also dedicated to engineering entrepreneurship, getting science out of the lab and into the hands of doctors, care providers, and consumers. One notable example is a collaboration with Canon U.S. Life Sciences, which seeks to develop a highly automated system providing rapid infectious-disease diagnosis.

Combining engineering principles with a strong foundation in biology, researchers at the Fischell Department of Bioengineering are developing new technologies and devices to change lives and improve human health throughout the world.


The Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery position is open to candidates at Associate or Full Professor rank in the field of biomedical engineering. The applicants for this endowed professorship will be outstanding translational research scientists in the field of tissue engineering (primarily bone and stem cell), with a history of working in multidisciplinary teams. Candidates should have a strong record of funded NIH research with an emphasis on research leading to clinical applications. Experience in innovative entrepreneurial activities leading to the development of new startup companies and patents is highly desirable. The endowed professor will be able to inspire undergraduate and graduate clinicians to undertake basic laboratory research and will display a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate education. The successful candidate will be expected to lead translational research within the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the UMSOD in addition to providing leadership in education, outreach, and service. The endowed professor will be based at UMSOD,with a joint appointment at UMCP's Fischell Department of Bioengineering. This dual appointment will not involve a major teaching commitment, but will allow for collaboration and access to facilities at College Park. The position requires a Ph.D. /Sc.D. or equivalent degree.

Interested applicants should also upload their current curriculum vitae and contact information for three references into the portal. The job number is 180001DS.

The UMSOD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The position will be available until filled. Applicants should go the University of Maryland Job Portal using the link below to submit a detailed application:

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  • Sharon Chenowith
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    University of Maryland School of Dentistry


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