The School of Dentistry’s vision is to use interdisciplinary expertise to understand fundamental mechanisms of oral/musculoskeletal disease, to identify disease early, improve patient outcomes, restore tissue function and address needs for prevention. We aim to underpin quality translational research with world-class basic and applied science. To deliver our vision, we are seeking to recruit high quality individuals with interdisciplinary research interests at the clinical-basic science interface to join our teams in Biomineralisation, Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering and Microbiology & Cell Biology.

We have a track record of world leading research in the area of mammalian biomineralisation and, with colleagues across the University we are expanding our research in metagenomics and transcriptomics related to mammalian and microbial disease.   We are co-located in a purpose-built laboratory environment that houses exceptionally high quality facilities and also accommodates large, clinically-focussed medical research groups with excellence in musculoskeletal disease, cancer and immunology.  We actively collaborate with colleagues across the University, the UK and internationally in multi-disciplinary, challenge-led research that is funded via the Wellcome Trust, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), and industry.  Our REF2014 score for impact was the joint highest within the University.

We are seeking to recruit outstanding researchers with interests in the following areas:

Skeletal Tissue Regeneration (for example, tissue engineering for bones and teeth including cell-based therapies, biomimetic materials, delivery vehicles for non-viral gene transfection in regenerative therapies; organ culture and in vivo models).

Skeletal Tissue Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (for example using detailed phenotyping; structure-function relationships for ECM proteins and characterisation of  mineral chemistry to elucidate biomineralisation mechanisms from tissue formation to destruction)

Mammalian or Microbial Biochemistry/Physiology (for example, metabolomics/proteomics to extend and complement genomic and transcriptomic investigations to understand function)

Enquiries can be made to Professor Jennifer Kirkham at j.kirkham@leeds.ac.uk or +44 (0)113 343 6156, or to or Professor Deirdre Devine at d.a.devine@leeds.ac.uk or +44 (0)113 343 6116/1291, or to Claire Godfrey at c.l.godfrey@leeds.ac.uk or +44 (0)113 343 6168.