PhD position Preventive Dentistry

ACTA – Department of Preventive Dentistry

9 augustus 2018
Master's degree
€2,266 to €2,897 gross per month
25 augustus 2018
38 hours per week

ACTA is a collaborative venture involving the Faculties of Dentistry at the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. ACTA conducts scientific research, provides educational programmes, and delivers patient care in the field of dentistry. In international circles, ACTA ranks among the leaders in teaching and research.

The Department of Preventive Dentistry is searching for a talented and enthusiastic researcher. The department focuses on prevention of oral diseases. It consists of researchers experienced in various fields: clinical dentistry, microbiology, ecology and bioinformatics. The outstanding research records and the multidisciplinary expertise of this department provide talented young scientists an inspiring environment to pursue their ambition in dental or biofilm research.

Project description

Dental caries remains a global health problem. Oral biofilms represent a crucial factor in caries development. Consequently, the development of new caries-preventive strategies has always focused on removal of oral biofilms. Very recently we discovered that oral biofilms can actually enhance prevention efficacy of oral care products. This new finding underlines that the oral biofilm must not merely be regarded as the cause of caries but can also be employed for caries-prevention. So rather than remove oral biofilms we need to manage them.

In this project we aim to develop effective caries-preventive strategies that maximally benefit from the caries-prevention supportive properties of oral biofilms, using an in-house new in vitro biofilm model. The main activity is to investigate biofilm manipulative strategies to enhance these beneficial aspects of biofilms.


  • Academic thinking;
  • interest in dental biofilm research;
  • experience with laboratory research (microbiology and chemistry);
  • teamplayer;
  • excellent communication skills (good proficiency of English).

Further information

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The appointment at ACTA will be in temporary employment for the period of one year, after which an extension for 3 years follows, when proven fit. ACTA offers excellent secondary conditions of employment, including a good pension provision (ABP) and 29 vacation days at full-time employment. The starting salary is €2.266 gross per month for a full-time appointment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity. 

You may submit your application including CV and motivation letter before 26 August 2018 to attn. Ms. Hayat Bouzrou, HR department. Please quote reference number 037 in the subject line. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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