The School of Optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham invites applications for a Tenure-track Associate Professor or Professor faculty position. We seek applicants whose central research focuses on cutting-edge biomedical sciences applied to vision and the visual system. The school’s research program priorities include cellular and molecular biology of the eye, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, genetics, stem cell biology, biomedical optics and imaging, dry eye and contact lens, myopia, concussion, psychophysics and other topics. Current research strengths and opportunities include the study of hereditary retinal degenerations, retinal physiology, glaucoma, ocular surface diseases (dry eye), the development of refractive errors, biomedical imaging, visual brain function, and visual rehabilitation. Broader institutional strengths include neuroscience, aging, obesity, precision medicine, public health and health policy, and large-scale collaborative patient-based research.
This position will also serve in the role of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, which includes Vision Science Graduate Program (VSGP) administration, student mentorship, research administration, planning and oversight.
Faculty rank and tenure status will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s academic qualifications, skills and experience. Applicants should hold a doctoral degree (OD, PhD, MD, or in combination) and have a track-record of research funding. Successful candidates are expected to develop and sustain an innovative research program with extramural funding support, preferentially from the NEI. Candidates are also expected to advance and contribute to the educational, service, and clinical missions of the school.
This is an exceptional opportunity pursue scholarly advances in knowledge and discovery related to vision and to engage in the education of optometrists and vision science graduate students at one of the leading optometry institutions in the country. The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Optometry is located within the university’s Medical Center where a lively multidisciplinary collaborative environment flourishes with established platforms for excellence in translational and patient-based research.
Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, names and contact information of at least three professional references, a summary of past, present and future research interests, and a statement of their teaching philosophy to:
Applications will be considered until the faculty position is filled. The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package (http://www.uab.edu/humanresources/home/benefits). Contact Dr. Timothy Gawne, Associate Professor, UAB School of Optometry, at 205-566-1465 or email email@example.com if you have questions regarding this position.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an internationally renowned biomedical research university and academic health center with more than 22,000 employees and 21,000 students. We are a university that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of its city, state, and beyond. The University of Alabama at Birmingham is academically and clinically strong in optometry, medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy and other related health disciples. We are currently ranked 10th in NIH funding among public universities, and 22nd among all institutions. Vision research is thriving, with strong institutional and extramural support for more than 75 active vision research investigators spanning 6 different schools and 11 departments. The University of Alabama at Birmingham has maintained an NIH-funded vision research core grant (P30) for more than 37 years. The campus is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, a city that has been reinvigorated by many culturally exciting urban redevelopments over the last decade (for more, see www.uab.edu/didyouknow and www.uab.edu/students/home/birmingham).
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.