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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Tenure Track in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Position/Rank Assistant Professor/Tenure Track

Department 00870 - Ophthalmology-Research

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin Octobr 1, 2023

Details

Job Title: Assistant Professor (in the Tenure Track)

Job Summary:

The University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences would like to post one full-time position at the level of Assistant Professor who will work within the research side of the department within the Steele Center for Translational Medicine ( SCTM ). This position will conduct various analyses in the field of ocular disease and will be responsible for advancing our understanding of the choriocapillaris, retinal pigment epithelium and retina tissue interactions that occur during aging and in age-related macular degeneration ( AMD ), a leading cause of worldwide blindness. The candidate will interrogate a unique resource of patients and donor samples with high-risk AMD genotype/phenotype combinations. These efforts will lead to a better understanding of gene-directed disease initiation, progression, response to current therapies and future advancement of novel AMD therapies currently under development at the SCTM .

The primary goal of the SCTM is to identify and advance therapeutic targets for AMD , a leading cause of visual impairment worldwide. The SCTM consists of an interdisciplinary team of basic and applied researchers, clinicians, clinical staff and collaborators. Our scientific efforts center around a collection of >8,000 pairs of donated human eyes — complete with full genetic profiles, images and ophthalmic and medical histories — and a large population of study patients. The SCTM has established a key alliance with a pharmaceutical industry partner to integrate drug development expertise with the resources, knowledge and expertise of the Center. The ultimate goal of this research is to help better understand AMD biology, to identify AMD -associated disease pathways and targets, and to develop novel therapies for the treatment of AMD . A clinical trial of a drug developed by the SCTM was recently initiated.

Qualifications:

Any applicant must have at least 6 years’ of academic experience with a detailed understanding of blood flow and passive transport of solutes between the human retina and choriocapillaris in normal aging and pathological conditions such as aged-related macular degeneration. Any applicant must have at least a Ph.D. degree, 2 years post-doctoral training and a minimum of 3 first author publications. Candidates must possess excellent writing skills and ability to manage and direct multiple research projects simultaneously. A highly multidisciplinary research approach combining engineering principles, physics, mathematics, biology and clinical sciences is required. Expertise with in vivo multi-modal imaging techniques, accompanying software, data output formats and image databases are encouraged to apply. An ability to perform fixed tissue processing and histological examination using specific stains and immunological reagents is also desired. The ability to write monthly reports and manuscripts as well as verbally present results is required.

Essential Functions:

The applicant will be involved in working with the Steele Center for Translational Medicine team in advancing novel therapeutics for age-related macular degeneration and other major ocular diseases. In this capacity, the applicant will be involved in multiple aspects of laboratory research, including bench work, project design and management, statistical analysis and troubleshooting all aspects of work. Moreover, a strong knowledge of clinical manifestations of AMD is required. Applicant is expected to keep up with current literature and collaborate with laboratory personnel, Moran Eye Center researchers and management to advance novel genotype-directed AMD therapies.

Applicants should include the following items to Julee LaMothe through the University of Utah job site: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/148742

1) CV

2) Statement of research Interests and funding goals

3) Two-three representative scholarly papers

4) Names & contact info for Letters of Recommendation from 3 people at or above your rank (These people should be outside the University of Utah.)

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The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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Notice

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Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 05/22/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN03280F

Type Faculty