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PROJECT: EU Horizon 2020 Teaming Phase 2 project: "Baltic Biomaterials Centre of excellence - BBCE" grant agreement No. 857287.


One part time first-stage researcher`s position is available within the research area of personalized patient-specific implants for bone tissue regeneration.

Location of the position

“Rīga Stradiņš University, Institute of Stomatology” ltd. Riga, Latvia.

International networking opportunities

The position include participation in short-term (up to 14 days) training visits in world leading research centres within the network - AO Research Institute Davos and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Position start

starting date is negotiable but tentatively January 2023.


“Rīga Stradiņš University, Institute of Stomatology” ltd. (RSU Institute of Stomatology) is a commercial subsidiary company of Rīga Stradiņš University. RSU Institute of Stomatology is modern dental clinic where all fields of dentistry are represented. RSU Institute of Stomatology besides clinical work also provides clinical classes for RSU dentistry students as well as medical and radiological records as a material for researches. Approximately 12000 patients visit RSU Institute of Stomatology every month. On average 70 of them receive various biomaterials, bone substitute granules and bone tissue implants in the maxillofacial area. Demand for this type of surgery is driven by the increased life expectancy of society and higher demand for quality of life and aesthetics. Modern medical materials and technologies allow the implantation of dental prosthetics and implants having much higher functional and aesthetic qualities and prevents various maxillofacial pathologies or consequences in the event of severe diseases or trauma. BBCE will provide a full cycle of biomaterial development, from a laboratory concept to clinical application, focusing on new materials for bone repair, facial reconstruction, oral and maxillofacial surgery and other areas. This way the accessibility for patients of modern medical services will improve. RSU Institute of Stomatology is a host for clinical approbation of the developed biomaterials implemented in the areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery, implantology and periodontology. Meanwhile, medical and technical specialists will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, the study environment will be upgraded and training of young specialists will be improved, including improved therapy process planning and modelling skills by using 3D technologies.


The overall objective of the BBCE is to develop a joint centre for advanced biomaterials development based on the long-term strategic cooperation between Riga Technical University, Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Rīga Stradiņš University and LLC Rīga Stradiņš University Institute of Stomatology, on the one part, and AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, on the other part. Strategic research direction of Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (BBCE) is development of patient specific personalized solutions for bone regeneration in 3 levels: biomaterial composition, geometry and bioactive compound delivery. Full cycle of biomaterials for bone regeneration development consists of continuous steps: 1. Development of biodegradable, osteoconductive and osteoinductive materials, composites and drug delivery systems. 2. Preclinical in vitro/in vivo investigations. 3. Clinical trials.

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Within the scope of the BBCE project currently, there is one part-time first-stage researcher`s position available in developing patient-specific personalized implants for bone regeneration.


The BBCE project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program (WIDESPREAD-01-2018-2019: Teaming Phase 2) calls for applications to one partly funded first-stage researcher`s position (currently a student of Dentistry or Medicine), with attractive complementary training activities in the multidisciplinary and international scientific environment. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to join the research group (group consisting of a group leader, project writer, at least two Ph.D. students, at least one Postdoc, one medical engineer, and two technicians) established within the BBCE, and be a part of the multidisciplinary and international scientific network.


A part-time contract will be offered for the first stage researcher. First stage researcher will undergo yearly performance assessment related to his/her research and study activities (criteria will include: e.g., exams successfully passed, participation in BBCE training programs, papers published, co-supervising of students, assisting in teaching). Initially, up to a two-year contract will be offered to the first stage researcher with a potential renewal for another 1-2 years. The contract involves a part-time job with 8 working hours per week with an annual gross salary in the range of €2000– €2500. The annual gross salary will be subjected to all local taxes, social benefits, and other deductions following national regulations (https://www.fm.gov.lv/en/s/taxes/). Health insurance must be covered by the applicant him/herself.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (requirements and necessary competences

  1. First stage researcher up to the point of Ph.D. (currently a student of Dentistry or Medicine).
  2. Excellent/good oral and written English language skills (at minimum B2 level).
  3. Good skills in scientific writing and presentation of the results.
  4. Ability to carry out the research under the BBCE scope and to produce the data under supervision.


  1. Applicant should be able to explain the outcomes of the research and summarize them in scientific publications.
  2. Applicant will be encouraged to participate in BBCE-organized training seminars, summer schools of high-impact scientific writing, organized at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany, and at least one international scientific conference.


  1. Ability to carry out research under supervision.
  2. Applicant has the ambition to develop knowledge of research methodologies and discipline.
  3. Applicant has demonstrated a deep understanding of the field of study.
  4. Applicant has demonstrated the ability to produce data under supervision.
  5. Applicant is capable of critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of new and complex ideas.


Candidates are asked to apply online and the application must include the following:

  1. CV in English (Europass format, max. 3 pages).
  2. A motivation letter in English (max 1 page).
  3. Copy of a valid ID document (passport or equivalent).

All documents must be submitted to bbcentre@rtu.lv before November 20, 2022, 23:00 PM (CET).

For additional information please contact Assistant Professor Dr. med. Ilze Salma (ilze.salma@rsu.lv) and visit https://bbcentre.eu

The selection procedure will be based on two steps: the first step will consist of the screening of all applications received and the selection of a shortlist of candidates based on their CV and motivation letters; the second step will consist of an interview (held in person or ZOOM), at the end of which a successful candidate will be recruited.

Prior to recruitment, successful applicant will be requested to produce the original copies of all certificates and documents declared. Incorrect or lacking of documentation may invalidate the recruitment procedure.

When applying for a competition, the candidate agrees to the processing of his personal data pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/95 / EC / 46 / EC .

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Posted on Sep 20, 2022

BBCE project´s main objective is to establish a joint Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence for advanced biomaterials development based on the long-term strategic cooperation between AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland (ARI) and Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (FAU) on the one hand and RTU RBIDC, LIOS, RSU and RSU IS on the other hand.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857287