Research Associate in Optometry

Indiana University Bloomington School of Optometry

United States

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For consideration, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, and names and contact information of at least three references. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/10154 Applications received by January 31, 2021, will be assured consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Posting Details

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Title Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow, Optometry

Appointment Status Non-Tenure Track

Department IU Bloomington Optometry

Position Summary

The Indiana University School of Optometry, a leader in basic science, translational and clinical research, is recruiting a skilled full-time research associate / postdoctoral fellow in vision science, cell and molecular biology and/or bioengineering with a proposed start date of spring/summer 2021. The laboratory is currently funded by NIH to investigate the signaling pathway that impact age-related eye pathologies. Utilizing novel protocols to probe eye lens biology from super-resolution microscopy to biochemistry to tissue biomechanical testing and computer modeling, the goal is to elucidate the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms that facilitate lifelong lens transparency and homeostasis (https://blogs.iu.edu/chenglab).

Indiana University is a major research University founded in 1820. It currently enrolls over 38,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional students on the Bloomington campus with over 114,000 students in the University system. The School of Optometry has well-established professional degree and clinical programs, as well as widely recognized research and graduate programs. The School has two teaching clinics as well as a variety of externship and residency affiliations. Indiana University has an active commitment to community health and education. Additional information about the School and Indiana University is available at http://www.optometry.iu.edu.

Comprising a diverse community, Bloomington is located in a beautifully wooded and hilly area of the state where cultural and recreational opportunities abound, housing costs are low, schools are excellent, and commuting time is short. Additional information on the community of Bloomington can be found at https://www.visitbloomington.com.

Opportunities (would be happy to discuss other candidate-specific goals):

- Publish findings as well as attend local, national and international conferences to present work
- Provide mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory
- Mass spectrometry and biochemistry to identify receptor-ligand pairs
- Super-resolution confocal and electron microscopy and novel protocol development for imaging subcellular structures
- Biomechanical testing of tissues and computer modeling
- Small molecule agonists and inhibitors testing to determine active signaling pathways in cells

Basic Qualifications

Required: Candidates should possess good interpersonal and communication skills, excellent organizational skills, strong work ethic and a high motivation to learn. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

PhD in vision science, biology, bioengineering or related scientific field by time of appointment.

Department Contact for Questions

Dr. Catherine Cheng at ckcheng@indiana.edu

Additional Qualifications

Preferred Skills:
- Experience in confocal microscopy, cell culture, traditional and quantitative real-time PCR, Western blots, immunoprecipitation, mass spectrometry, microdissection and/or biomechanical testing and modeling
- Experience in mouse colony management
- Demonstrated experience in publishing findings, independence in conducting a variety of experimental approaches and generating hypotheses/guiding an independent research project

Salary and Rank Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions

For consideration, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, and names and contact information of at least three references. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/10154

Applications received by January 31, 2021, will be assured consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

For Best Consideration Date- 01/31/2021

Expected Start Date -04/01/2021

OAA # 22011-19

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Application
  • Optional Documents
  • Letter of Reference 1
  • Letter of Reference 2
  • Letter of Reference 3


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