Center of Dental Medicine
University of Zurich's Center of Dental Medicine is one of the four dental
university centers of Switzerland. It has approximately 390 employees and
comprises six clinics, an institute, and a central administration department.
The division of Dental Biomaterials Research group of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.,
Mutlu Özcan, PhD has a vacant position.
Hydrogels are known by their excellent biocompatibility, causing minimal
inflammatory response and tissue damage. Photo-polymerizable, injectable
hydrogels have been utilized as a minimally invasive option compared to metal
coils for the treatment of brain aneurysms, which is a life-threatening
cerebral haemorrhage, often resulting in death or severe brain damage. An
improved version of this class of hydrogels used in neurosurgery will be
further developed as dental biomaterial. Root-canal treatments are among the
most difficult clinical applications in dentistry. Unsuccessful treatments
yield to failure of the treatment or reinfection of the tooth. Given the fact
that unsuccessful root canal treated teeth have less favourable prognosis
especially under reconstructions, in part also due to the complex anatomy of
the root canals, the group of Prof. Mutlu Özcan is developing a new root canal
treatment solution in collaboration with Dr. M. Bispinghoff, Dr. A. Schmocker
from the Medtech startup Lumendo and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
(ETH Zurich). This innovative, low-viscosity, injectable material will be
implemented as a photo-activated root canal sealer in dentistry. This
innovation will allow for a minimally invasive, easy-to-use root canal filling
material, which will have the potential to make the treatment faster and
easier and thereby improve the treatment outcome and help people keep their
natural teeth longer.
The multidisciplinary project, combining material science and bioengineering
technologies, is funded by Innosuisse Grant of the Swiss Innovation Agency
(2020-2022) grant for the project "Photo-polymerizable Root Canal Filling
Develop and manage suitable tests for biocompatibility investigations for
Plan and carry out preclinical studies on the long-term material
Carry out risk assessments, set and document material specifications
Master degree in biomedical engineering or similar
At least 1 year of relevant industry experience in medical device
Experience with the development and testing of dental biomaterials
Interest in biomaterials research
Deep scientific understanding, creative thinking, problem solving skills
Highly motivated and responsible, independent and well-organized working
Knowledge of English on a professional level
What we offer
Highly innovative research project aiming to develop a dental biomaterial
that can help improve people's health.
An interdisciplinary working environment, giving high responsibility and
Working with young, entrepreneurial and motivated team.
Attractive 9-months 100% employment contract (expected date of project
end: 31 March 2022).
Place of work
Center of Dental Medicine
Start of employment
Employment start date by 1st of July 2021.
An application requires a written solicitation, extended CV, and two
references with contact information. The selection will be based on the
comparison of the submitted applications, including an interview with the pre-
Please submit your application before 21 June 2021.