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Periodontal Disease Research

University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Dentistry, Baltimore, Maryland

Position Description:

A postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately in Dr. Vivek Thumbigere Math’s lab at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Dr. Math is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated scientist to join the NIH funded research program studying molecular genetics and immunoinflammatory responses in periodontal disease. The candidate will have access to cutting-edge cell, animal, and patient-based models of periodontal disease.

The successful candidate will benefit from ongoing collaborations with NIH on a wide range of basic science and translational research, as well as vibrant community of interactive research labs at the University of Maryland. Available position has comprehensive career development and training opportunities in preparation for a successful independent career in academia or industry. 

  • Conduct rigorous and original science
  • Independently design, perform and interpret experiments
  • Publish high quality, peer-reviewed research
  • Participate in grant writing
  • Supervise research trainees and/or technicians
Salary and Benefits:

The postdoc candidate will be offered competitive salary and fringe benefits as per University of Maryland policy and NIH guidelines ( The appointment may be renewed dependent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.


  • DDS and/or PhD in a relevant field and have training in microbiology, immunology, and/or bone biology.
  • Experience in cell culture and tissue engineering, mouse work, microbial genomics, bacterial virulence, biofilms, histology/immunohistochemistry, and skeletal physiology.
  • Candidates with experience in micro-CT, next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, oral microbiology will receive special consideration.
  • A strong publication track record with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Internal drive to reach the next career level with a team member attitude.
  • Prepared to collaborate on multidisciplinary research projects. 

To Apply:

The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should send a cover letter including research accomplishments and career goals (1-2 pages), curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three references to Dr. Vivek Thumbigere Math (
Contact info:
Vivek Thumbigere Math, BDS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
Division of Periodontics
650 West Baltimore Street, Room 6256, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-5744  
Fax: 410-706-1565   
Guest Researcher/Special Volunteer
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike, Building 50, Room 4120, Bethesda, MD  20892
Ph: 301-451-6021