The University of California Irvine (UCI), Department of Ophthalmology (www.ghei.uci.edu/) invites applications for a full-time position. We seek candidates interested in building a strong, dynamic, and diverse research group focused on the development of genetic engineering and genome editing technologies that address problems in medicine, including diseases of the eye. Applicants working on any area of genetic engineering broadly defined will be fully considered. Areas of particular interest include gene editing, gene delivery, gene therapy, and their relevance to vision research. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences or a related field of study. Postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated ability to conduct original, innovative genetics research is desirable.
This academic appointment will be at the tenure-track/tenured faculty position which confers membership in the UCI Academic Senate.
The Department seeks applicants with an M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. degree who will be expected to establish an extramurally funded independent research program related to vision and/or retinal diseases with emphasis in ocular genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, ophthalmology, pharmacology and/or physiology. Successful candidates will have an established strong record of NIH funding, a significantly established research program, and experience in teaching. Candidates will be expected to support institutional and departmental teaching and mentoring missions to medical and graduate students, residents, fellows, and young faculty. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and expectations.
UC Irvine research groups enjoy a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. The successful applicant will likely engage with groups both within and outside of the Department of Ophthalmology. For example, the application of gene editing to study and address inherited retinal diseases is well-represented in the Center for Translational Vision Research (CTVR) at UC Irvine; and the development of genetic engineering technologies is well-represented both within and outside the School of Medicine, including the Schools of Engineering, Biological Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the new Center for Synthetic Biology. Overall, there is an ongoing campus-wide effort to bridge bioengineering advances with medical applications, which will provide additional support, infrastructure, and a community of interdisciplinary researchers to help grow the successful applicant's program.
Interested candidates should apply through the UC Irvine RECRUIT system located at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF08581 and upload the following application materials to be considered for the position:
Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae Statement of Research (up to 3 pages) Teaching Statement Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement Name and contact information for 3-5 referees. PDFs of 3-5 recent publications
Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Krzysztof Palczewski at email@example.com
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
The University of California, Irvine, established in 1965, is ranked among the nation's best research institutes with over $590M in yearly funding. In addition, Irvine is one of the safest communities in the U.S. and offers a very pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities, and one of the highest-ranked public-school systems in the nation.
Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI's unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities.