Postdoctoral Scholar - Oral Health Sciences, Dentistry, Public Health

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: School of Dentistry

Organization: Oral Health Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Oral Health Sciences, Dentistry, Public Health

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Oral Health Sciences (OHS) brings together faculty from different ends of the dental and oral health research spectrum into a single department that has expertise ranging from the modern experimental life sciences through the public health and behavioral sciences. OHS has the goal of improving the oral and general health and well-being of our diverse global population through research, teaching and service. OHS has a broadly defined mission that accommodates diverse faculty interests and expertise. At present, OHS enjoys faculty expertise in areas including anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, biostatistics, epidemiology, behavioral science (both basic and applied), public health, dental hygiene, education, law, medicine, and clinical dentistry including faculty members with specialty training in periodontics, orthodontics, and oral medicine. OHS also sponsors the School of Dentistry’s only PhD program as well as the combined DDS-PhD program and the Masters of Science program for Dental Hygiene. Our graduate programs provide advanced interdisciplinary training for graduate students to enable them to become academic and research leaders in the dental and craniofacial sciences, and to contribute to improved understanding of human oral and systemic health and disease. OHS is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to providing an environment where every employee feels welcomed, valued and appreciated.

Postdoctoral scholars and fellows are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion apply.  For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be a contributing member of the Chi Lab at UWSOD to help carry out funded research, develop new clinical research skills, generate publications, submit grants, and prepare for a career as an independently funded clinician scholar.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Help PI of the lab carry out funded research projects, including interventions in Alaska Native communities and other studies
  • Develop protocols and REDCap surveys, manuals of procedures, consent/assent forms, interview scripts, case report forms, SOP documents, and other written documents to guide clinical research studies
  • Prepare and submit human subjects applications, monitoring application process
  • Conduct clinical research activities including clinical data collection in the field (oral health, survey)
  • Prepare data requests to agencies like Medicaid
  • Conduct interviews with study participants
  • Clean and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Take leadership role in manuscript writing
  • Gain experience writing and submitting grants
  • Participate in other career development activities in the lab

The postdoctoral scholar/fellow will benefit from excellent research experience and a highly supportive and collaborative environment in the Schools of Dentistry. 

The base salary range for this position will be $5,459 - $6,000 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


  • PhD.
  • Demonstrated potential to conduct independent research.
  • At least one peer-reviewed paper or under review at the time of appointment.


Motivated candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research goals, and a diversity statement. Questions regarding the position maybe directed to Dr. Donald Chi at Compensation follows the NIH NRSA Stipend scale. Additional information on benefits and being a postdoc in the University of Washington can be found in the UAW Postdoctoral Scholars contract (tentative agreement, subject to ratification vote by the union and UW Board of Regents approval).

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Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

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