University of California San Francisco Ophthalmology Lab Full time

19 April 2023

This opportunity is brought to you by a Carleton alumnus, Frank Brodie ’05. You are welcome to reach out to Frank at with any questions about the organization or position prior to applying.

A Junior or Assistant Specialist position is available in the Stewart Lab to study ocular diseases and their treatment in the Department of Ophthalmology at the UCSF School of Medicine in San Francisco. The Stewart Lab studies retinal and corneal diseases, ocular drug delivery, and proteomics in ocular biospecimens. Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions and may participate in University and Public Service.

The successful candidate will assist with specialized ophthalmic research projects including: corneal ultrasound treatments, corneal confocal microscopy studies, design of ocular tissue permeability testers based on engineering principles and implementation with 3-D printer, harvesting of ocular tissue and cells from primary tissues, ocular cell culture and experimentation with various assays, quantification of ocular therapeutic agents with ELISA and HPLC, RNA extraction from ocular tissues and gene amplification with PCR. The specialist will also assist with the implementation and logistical support for educational programs in the ophthalmic surgical teaching laboratory. Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least four years of research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, social science research methods, or creative activities). Specialists appointed at Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least five years of experience in relevant specialization. The candidate must be hard working, passionate about research and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Applicants should be willing to learn the skills necessary for ophthalmic research, ocular tissue dissection for collection of viable cells, ocular ultrasound devices, confocal microscopy, PCR, mitochondrial assays, and computer-assisted design are preferred. Applicant must have all basic qualifications met by the time of appointment. Prior experience with laboratory techniques is preferred but not required.

Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period or until filled. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and training. Interested individuals should submit their CV, cover letter, statement of career goals, and contact information for three (3) references.

See the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000 – $63,000.

Application Requirements

Document requirements:

  • Curriculum Vitae – CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity
  • Statement of Career Goals (Optional)

Reference requirements:

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Application Window: Applications will be reviewed by the search committee on a rolling basis if the position has not yet been filled.