B.CHIEFPURPOSE OF THISPOSITION IN SUPPORT OF ABOVEMISSION OR GOAL: THISFACULTYPOSITIONWILLPROVIDETEACHINGANDMENTORING TO UNDERGRADUATEDENTALSTUDENTS IN PATIENTCAREAND IN PREPARATIONFORPRIVATEPRACTICE. PRIMARYTEACHINGRESPONSIBILITIESWILL BE CENTEREDAROUNDPRACTICEMANAGEMENTANDOPERATIONS.
1.Teaching: The appointed individual will be required to teach and train students and technicians within the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research and the wider dental school community. They will also potentially have to deliver lectures to dental students and also to contribute to the upcoming PhD and Masters programs in Oral Health Research. Therefore, the Faculty member may expect to teach in an integrated curriculum system that includes baccalaureate, graduate, and professional education. Teaching across traditional departmental lines and in multidisciplinary teams is required. Faculty members are expected to foster transformative learning that is informed by interdisciplinary and translational research, scholarship, and creative expression
2.Research: The major focus of this role is in research where it is estimated that at least 90% of the time will be spent. The appointed individual will be required to carry out a research program in bacterial genetics and host-pathogen interactions in liaison with several Faculty members at VCU. The main focus of this project is to investigate how the Lyme disease bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi invades and adapts to the host. The appointed person will also be expected to apply for extramural funding as a Principal Investigator to expand the research capacity of the school and to increase the resources available for research activities.
3. Service: The faculty member will be expected to serve the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Molecular Biology, the School of Dentistry, and Virginia Commonwealth University by serving on committees and task forces as requested. In addition, participation in dentistry-related community service activities is strongly encouraged
Ph.D. in the fields of microbiology, bacterial genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, or cell biology.
At least three years hands-on experience on the genetics of B. burgdorferi, mouse models, and tick infectious studies.
Has a strong record of publications.
Ability to train, evaluate and supervise graduates and undergraduates peer mentor assistants.
Ability to manage a research laboratory.
Effective communication and writing skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency.
Ability to analyze and organize information and materials for a variety of research projects
Previous research experience on bacterial genetics and pathogenesis, in particular B. burgdorferi, is highly preferred.
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