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Assistant, Associate or Full Project Scientist - Ophthalmology Research

Application Window

Open date: January 19, 2022

Most recent review date: Sunday, Jul 17, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jan 19, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Ophthalmology at UC San Diego ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body is recruiting an Ophthalmology Researcher.

This exciting opportunity provides multi-year funding (5 years) to support salary for a suitable research candidate. In addition, further funds are set aside to cover research costs as well as staff costs for a full time technician and startup for extra equipment to support these studies. This funded position is ideal for a researcher wishing to apply for federal grant funding leading to a faculty position or someone who already has federal grant support, would like to join the faculty at UCSD and would like to expand their laboratory. The position provides opportunities to maintain or direct others to maintain stem cells, including overseeing human induced pluripotent stem cell colonies, maintaining a database of all fibroblast and hiPSCs, ordering reagents for stem cell work as well as supervising lab personnel. Additionally, to create, maintain, transfect, select and analyze hiPSC lines using different techniques including CRISPR/Cas9-based methods. The
opportunity for teaching, if the candidate is interested.

The Department of Ophthalmology at UCSD is comprised of over 30 faculty physicians and scientists, and over 150 staff with 6 divisions - Glaucoma, Retina, Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Pediatrics, Oculoplastics, and Neuro-ophthalmology. Clinical services are provided at the Shiley Eye Center, Ratner Eye Center, UCSD Health Sciences (UCSDHS) Hillcrest ambulatory center and the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. The Department of Ophthalmology has the largest single outpatient clinic at the University of California, San Diego with over 110,000 visits annually. Additionally, over 5400 surgical cases are performed. The Department of Ophthalmology is rapidly growing and will soon be building a new state-of the art research facility on site.

The department boasts one of the highest number of NIH grants per faculty member and researchers are supported with NIH core grants which provide statistical, imaging and pathology support. The National Eye Institute has one of the The prospective candidate will be provided with their own laboratory space and have access to a brand new equipped, fully functional stem cell culture room.

A link to full descriptions of each series is provided for your review:

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Appointment level/rank is dependent upon academic experience and scholarly achievements.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have a PhD in health related fields or an MD.

Preferred qualifications

Candidate with post-doctoral experience, proven experience in working with stem cells as well as generating models or cells from pluripotent stem cells, evidence of writing peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences and evidence of grant application funding success are preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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