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Research Optometrist (9303U) 6126
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 26, 2020
Title Research Optometrist (9303U) 6126
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Optometry/Vision Science

Research Optometrist (9303U) 6126

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 9, 2020.

Departmental Overview

At Berkeley Optometry, we have long lived by guiding principles that define and differentiate us. As part of a world-renowned university that embraces excellence and access, we foster an environment of trust and mutual respect, free expression and inquiry, and personal resilience and achievement. We are strongly committed to diversity, respect for cultural differences, and promotion of social justice. These principles serve us daily in our reasoning and actions and aid us in our decision-making.

The mission of the School is executed by approximately 20 ladder-rank faculty, 8 emeriti faculty, 133 full and part time clinical faculty, 70 staff, 30 professional researchers, 20 graduate students and 26 visiting faculty and postdoctoral research scholars. The staff includes professional, health care, technical, research, and clerical representation and provide support to a complex array of functions.

We educate an estimated 320 students annually. Our O.D. program is a 4 year program with clinical training provided at 2 campus clinics, 10 satellite clinics (community care), 7 VA clinics, and 24 external clinics across the country. Our one-year post-graduate residency programs provide advanced clinical education in specialty areas of optometry to 18 residents with placement on and off campus and our Vision Science program consists of 40 PhD students.

Clinical Research Center
The primary objective of the University of California, Berkeley Clinical Research Center (UCB-CRC; established April 2004) is to work closely with industry, foundations, and government to design and evaluate innovations in patient care. The overall research goals of the UCB-CRC include the following:
  • Interdisciplinary research to develop strategies for disease diagnosis and prevention.
  • Partnerships with public and private research institutions.
  • Interdisciplinary patient-based studies within multicultural populations.


The Research Optometrist reports directly to the Director of the Clinical Research Center (CRC). Designs and executes clinical studies for the evaluation of ocular surface disease and contact lens-related complications, which may involve investigations of developmental contact lenses, lens care solutions, and general eye care products; analyze study data and write technical reports and is expected to maintain current optometric knowledge and skills.
  • Performs eye examinations or screening tests for the purpose of determining vision problems, eye defects, or other abnormalities.
  • Diagnoses eye conditions and prescribes treatment as necessary to preserve or restore maximum efficiency or vision.
  • Gathers, analyzes and records history and clinical findings.
  • Performs tests in research development of ophthalmic instruments and clinical procedures. Design and conduct clinical studies in support of research projects.
  • Collaborate with biostatisticians on statistical analyses of study data and write technical reports.
  • Interpret clinical data and contribute to clinical reports.
  • Present clinical results in professional literature and professional conferences.
  • Actively contribute to and participate in weekly lab meetings.
  • Performs teaching and training functions.
  • May provide direction and guidance to less experienced staff members.
  • Implements related business processes.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge and skills of optometry essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to this position.
  • Thorough knowledge associated with diagnosing eye diseases and varying conditions.
  • Thorough professional skills in delivering eye care, treatment and diagnostic services to patients.
  • Requires strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Requires effective interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate findings of examination to patients.
  • Must be able to work in a collaborative manner with staff, faculty, and members of the health care community across the campus.
  • Position must be able to work with diverse client group.
  • Position must be able to provide direction and guidance to less experienced staff members.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Possession of a license issued by the California State Board of Optometry to practice optometry is required.

New graduates are welcome to apply:
  • Experience in cross-functional teams is preferred.
  • Clinical Research experience is preferred.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Hiring range is $83,900.00 - $124,200.00 annually.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California 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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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