Assistant Specialist in Ophthalmology and Vision Science

University of California Davis School of Medicine

Assistant Specialist

Job #JPF04063

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 17th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 30, 2021 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

Assistant Specialist Position
Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science
UC Davis School of Medicine

The Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a part-time or fulltime Assistant Specialist to work in the Laboratory of Robert J. Zawadzki, Ph.D., principal investigator on translational research projects involving retinal cell biology, nanotechnology, and ophthalmic imaging.

More information about the principal investigator can be found at:

The laboratory is located in Tupper Hall on the UC Davis campus.
Appointees to the Assistant Specialist rank should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization. Specialist series: non-State funded non-tenured appointment of one to three year depending on rank: (see

Responsibilities of this position will include research activity (70%), publication (15%) and professional competence and activity (15%). A successful candidate will participate in lab activities, particularly around issues of image processing, innovative programming for data acquisition, processing and presentation, as well as statistical analysis. For example, the incumbent will help with design of in vivo and ex vivo mouse experiments. This will be done in collaboration with PIs specializing in specific mouse models.

The ideal candidate will also have strong skills in some combination of retinal/microscopic imaging modalities, including OCT, SLO, multispectral imaging, fluorescence microscopy, etc. Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. LabView, Matlab or Python) for maintaining and development of image acquisition and processing software and/or ability to assemble custom optical instruments is essential. Prior experience with animal handling is required and successful candidate is expected to be able to perform terminal microsurgeries for tissue sample collection. Strong interpersonal skills in communication and writing; as well as the ability to work independently or in a team are expected as well. US citizenship is not required. We value intellectual, ethnic and geographic diversity. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Depending on the interest and availability of funds, the Assistant Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at scientific conferences or meetings. The incumbent will also assist the principal investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies as well as lab meetings with other investigators.

The Assistant Specialist will mentor undergraduate students from UC Davis. He/She will actively contribute to lab activities through staff meetings and presentations to colleagues and researchers from various scientific communities.

All academic appointments are expected to abide by the faculty code of conduct as outlined in APM 015 and the UC Davis Principles of Community. Failure to meet the expectations of these policies can result in disciplinary action, reductions in salary, and/or termination. Both of these policies are accessible via the following internet links: and

Recruitment Description/

For full consideration, applications must be received by March 31, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled through April 30, 2021.
Qualified applicants should apply online at UC

Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for up to 3 references.

Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Please direct questions to Gina McDuff at

Term of Appointment: Appointment may be made up to 100%.

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
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UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus ( If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • (Optional)
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
Job location
  • Davis, CA