The School of Optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham invites applications for a Tenure-track Associate 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.
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.
Department: Optometry and Vision Science
Assignment Category: Full-Time
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
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.
Applicants with current/ past leadership experience, or a desire to contribute to academic leadership in a meaningful way, are highly desired.
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Internal Number: 7232
About University of Alabama, Birmingham
In fall 2018, UAB had a third consecutive year of record-high over all enrollment with 21,923 students, including its largest freshman class ever (2,299), with enrollment growth in every school on campus and in the acclaimed UAB Honors College. The freshman class had an average ACT of 25.2 and GPA of 3.73- both higher than 2017. UAB's students are talented and diverse, with minority students making up 40.5 percent of the freshman class and 39.7 percent of the entire of the student body. Logo Logo UAB is was recently recognized as the Top Young University in the U.S. and 10th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UAB research expenditures are at a record high, exceeding $562 million in FY17, and UAB ranks 15th in federal funding nationally among public universities (top 4 percent) and 31st overall (top 5 percent). In National Institutes of Health funding, UAB ranks 8th among public universities (top 2 percent) and 23rd overall (top 4 percent) with more than $244 million. UAB Health system has over one million patient visits annually and is home to Alabama's largest hospital and the 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S. UAB houses the state's only level ...1 adult trauma center and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and a five-state region. UAB is the state's largest single-site employer, with more than 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact of over $7.15 billion on Alabama.