Assistant Professor in Optometry and Vision Science

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry

United States

Assistant Professor - Optometry and Vision Science - School of Optometry

Job #JPF02596
  • School of Optometry - School of Optometry Dean

Recruitment Period

Open October 21st, 2020 through Monday, Feb 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank in the area of vision research, with an expected start date as early as July 1, 2021. The scope of this search includes but is not limited to psychophysical studies of visual perception, visual optics, visual neuroscience, clinical binocular vision, translational research in vision science, application of data science and artificial intelligence to the analysis of patient/clinical datasets or the development of new diagnostic/management tools, and applied vision research.

Candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a PhD program or equivalent international degree program at the time of application. In addition, clinical training (OD, MD, or equivalent international degree) is preferred. The successful applicant will demonstrate exceptional achievements in vision research and a commitment to excellence in teaching in both the professional (Doctor of Optometry) and graduate (PhD program in Vision Science) curricula.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service.

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

The School of Optometry ( has outstanding clinical facilities, a large and diverse patient population, a Clinical Research Center, and many laboratories in the Vision Science graduate program ( conducting research in optics, ocular biology, clinical vision science, molecular and cell biology, perception, visual neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and computational vision. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to interact and collaborate with members of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, the new faculty of Data Science, Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, and the Departments of Bioengineering, Computer Science, Biology and Psychology, amongst others.

Application materials should be submitted at the following link: .

Applicants are required to submit contact information for at least three letters of recommendation at the time of application. Letters of recommendation will be requested from those applicants still under consideration after the initial review of applications. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( confidentiality-policy) prior to submitting their letters.

The application deadline is February 1, 2021, and all application materials must be received by that date. Interviewing will begin in early 2021, and early application is encouraged.

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

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, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Questions should be directed to Maria Alegria at

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research Interests and Future Plans
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that includes the potential future contributions to teaching in the Optometry and Vision Science curricula.
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
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