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


One partly funded first stage researcher`s position is available within research area of personalized patient specific implants for bone tissue regeneration.

Location of the position

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

Position start

starting date is negotiable but tentatively August / September 2021.


“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.

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. 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 BBCE project currently there is one partly funded first stage researcher`s position available in development of patient specific personalized implants for bone regeneration.


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


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 programmes, papers published, co-supervising of students, assisting in teaching). Initially, up to two-year contract will be offered to the first stage researcher with a potential renewal for another 1-3 years. Contract involves part time job with 8 working hours per week with annual gross salary in 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 applicant him/herself.


  1. Applicant should be able to explain outcomes of the research and summarize them into 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 in one international scientific conference.


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


  1. First stage researcher up to the point of PhD (now 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.


Candidates are asked to apply on-line and application must include the following:

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

All documents must be submitted to bbcentre@rtu.lv before July 1st, 2021 9:00 AM (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 on the screening of all applications received and on 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 two successful candidates will be recruited.

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 Apr 12, 2021

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