Associate Project Scientist - Cornea Genetics

University of California San Diego

Position overview

Position title: Cornea Genetics Laboratory Salary range: The posted UC Salary scales set the minimum pay at the appointment as determined by appointment type and if applicable, rank and/or step. The base pay range for this position is $87,000- $90,000. Salary is negotiated annually. Additional compensation may be available if the position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan. UC Salary information can be found here: Application Window

Open date: May 17, 2024

Next review date: Sunday, Jun 23, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, May 17, 2025 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 Cornea Genetics and Regeneration Laboratory at the Shiley Eye Institute, University of California, San Diego, is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and is currently seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Associate Project Scientist. This role offers a unique opportunity for an individual with a passion for advancing our understanding of basic corneal genetics, regeneration and biology, as well as translating research findings into clinical applications.

The successful candidate will

• be expected to conduct basic and translational research to uncover and characterize genetic factors underlying inherited corneal disorders, with a focus on corneal dystrophies

• utilize established and innovative methodologies, including cell-based techniques, to investigate corneal biology and disease mechanisms

• work with primary and immortalized corneal endothelial cells, epithelial cells, human iPSC-derived corneal cells, and animal models to conduct in vivo experiments

• collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to integrate clinical insights with fundamental scientific research.

• manage research activities, including supervision of post-docs, research staff, and student researchers.

Appointment will be at the Associate level in the Project Scientist series.

A link to the full description of the Project Scientist series is provided for your review:



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have a PhD in Biological Sciences.

Candidates must have a minimum of six years of laboratory experience.

Candidates must have a minimum of ten publications.

Candidates must have a minimum of six years of research experience.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates with experience with corneal imaging, molecular biological methods, protein analysis techniques (e.g., western blotting, immunohistochemistry, ELISA), image analysis, and confocal microscopy are preferred.

Candidates with bioinformatics analysis skills are preferred.

Candidates with laboratory experience in cornea genetics are preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

• Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

• Cover Letter

• Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our /shortcuts/contributions_to_diversity site for more information.

• Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

• 3 required (contact information only)

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Job location

Shiley Eye Institute, University of California, San Diego

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How to Apply

To apply, please visit:


Mr. Craig Kishaba

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

Posting #

2024-05-21 (AdID:1220)