Biomedical Engineer

University of Zurich


June 21, 2021


Center of Dental Medicine

Biomedical Engineer

100 %

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.

Project description: 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 Material Development".

Your responsibilities
  • Develop and manage suitable tests for biocompatibility investigations for biomaterials
  • Plan and carry out preclinical studies on the long-term material performance
  • Carry out risk assessments, set and document material specifications
  • Your profile
  • Master degree in biomedical engineering or similar
  • At least 1 year of relevant industry experience in medical device development
  • 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 style.
  • 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 freedom.
  • 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 Plattenstrasse 11 8032 Zürich

    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- selected candidates.

    Please submit your application before 21 June 2021.

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