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Assistant Professor Visual Perception/Clinical Psychophysics/Optics/Ocular Disease/Biology and Therapeutics School of Optometry
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted May 1, 2023
Title Assistant Professor Visual Perception/Clinical Psychophysics/Optics/Ocular Disease/Biology and Therapeutics School of Optometry
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 08/11/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Optometry/Vision Science

Assistant Professor Visual Perception/Clinical Psychophysics/Optics School of Optometry

Position overview Position title: Assistant Professor of Optometry and Vision Science
Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following tables for the current salary scale(s) for this position: & The current base salary range for this position is $75,100-$97,200. "Off-scale salaries" and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Anticipated start: January 1, 2024 or July 1, 2024

Application Window
Open date: May 1, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Aug 11, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Aug 11, 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 Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of California, Berkeley seeks diverse applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank in vision research.

Our goal is to recruit an outstanding colleague with strong interests in any area that pertains to basic and clinical vision science, including but not limited to bioinformatic approaches, computational modeling, visual optics, psychophysics, visual neuroscience, ocular disease and/or diagnostics, and the application of data science to the visual system.

UC Berkeley recognizes the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors. The school embraces open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. The school has a strong commitment to maintaining a diverse and inclusive faculty. We seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through their research, teaching, and service.

The Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science has several clinical facilities that serve a large diverse patient population, a clinical research center, and many laboratories in the Vision Science graduate program conducting research in optics, ocular biology, translational and clinical research, molecular and cell biology, perception, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and computational vision. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to be considered for membership in other programs across the UC Berkeley campus, including the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases, and the Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics. Current faculty also enjoy collaborations and/or joint appointments with the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Computer Science, Molecular and Cell Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, multiple divisions within the School of Public Health, and the Department of Ophthalmology at UCSF.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Candidates must have a PhD, OD, MD (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with both research and clinical training. The successful applicant will demonstrate potential for exceptional clinical and basic research achievements as well as excellence in teaching in both the professional (Doctor of Optometry) and graduate (PhD program in Vision Science) curricula. Applicants should have the potential to establish strong collaborations at the local, national, and global level.

Application Requirements
Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of research interests and future plans
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that includes your potential future contributions to teaching in the Optometry and Vision Science curricula
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Description of past and potential future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired as a Berkeley faculty member (for additional information go to
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Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Applicants should provide contact information for three letters of reference. Letters of recommendation will be requested from those applicants still under consideration after the initial review of applications.

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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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