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Genome Editing Faculty Position

University of California, Irvine - Ophthalmology Department
Irvine, California (US)
Assistant Professor range $90,500 – 118,500, Associate Professor range $112,800-142,300
Closing date
Oct 25, 2023

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Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biophysics, Pharmacology, Physiology
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Full Time
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The University of California Irvine (UCI), Department of Ophthalmology ( invites applications for a full-time position. We seek candidates interested in building a strong, dynamic, and diverse research group focused on the development of genetic engineering and genome editing technologies that address problems in medicine, including diseases of the eye. Applicants working on any area of genetic engineering broadly defined will be fully considered. Areas of particular interest include gene editing, gene delivery, gene therapy, and their relevance to vision research. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences or a related field of study. Postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated ability to conduct original, innovative genetics research is desirable.

This academic appointment will be at the tenure-track/tenured faculty position which confers membership in the UCI Academic Senate.

The Department seeks applicants with an M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. degree who will be expected to establish an extramurally funded independent research program related to vision and/or retinal diseases with emphasis in ocular genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, ophthalmology, pharmacology and/or physiology. Successful candidates will have an established strong record of NIH funding, a significantly established research program, and experience in teaching. Candidates will be expected to support institutional and departmental teaching and mentoring missions to medical and graduate students, residents, fellows, and young faculty. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and expectations.

UC Irvine research groups enjoy a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. The successful applicant will likely engage with groups both within and outside of the Department of Ophthalmology. For example, the application of gene editing to study and address inherited retinal diseases is well-represented in the Center for Translational Vision Research (CTVR) at UC Irvine; and the development of genetic engineering technologies is well-represented both within and outside the School of Medicine, including the Schools of Engineering, Biological Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the new Center for Synthetic Biology. Overall, there is an ongoing campus-wide effort to bridge bioengineering advances with medical applications, which will provide additional support, infrastructure, and a community of interdisciplinary researchers to help grow the successful applicant’s program.

Interested candidates should apply through the UC Irvine RECRUIT system located at: and upload the following application materials to be considered for the position:

Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Research (up to 3 pages)
Teaching Statement
Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement
Name and contact information for 3-5 referees.
PDFs of 3-5 recent publications

Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Krzysztof Palczewski at

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The University of California, Irvine, established in 1965, is ranked among the nation’s best research institutes with over $590M in yearly funding. In addition, Irvine is one of the safest communities in the U.S. and offers a very pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities, and one of the highest-ranked public-school systems in the nation.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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