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Job Summary

The Ophthalmic Electrophysiology Specialist provides technical expertise related to patient diagnostic tests for the Visual Electrophysiology Service of the Retinal Dystrophy Center.  Reports directly to Medical Co-Director of Diagnostic Electrophysiology Service.

Assist the Associate Professor in documenting, interpreting, analyzing, publishing, and presenting Visual Electrophysiological testing results from clinical and laboratory research settings.  Perform tests used to record electrical responses from the retina for use by physicians in diagnosing retinal and optic nerve pathway disorders.  Routinely perform static and kinetic perimetry and microperimetry to measure visual fields.  Collaborate with clinicians outside the University on cutting edge technology and research. 

Responsibilities*

  • Learn how to use highly technical, complex ERG machines and testing equipment
  • Train and develop staff on how to perform tests and use the equipment
  • Record and document test results, analyze data, interpret results, and write materials for publication and presentation
  • Present findings to physicians
  • May supervise and provide work direction to staff that are performing tests in clinical and laboratory settings
  • May attend conferences or other meetings domestically and internationally to collaborate with and discuss research findings
  • Design and implement test protocols, document results, and make modifications as needed
  • Record Electroretinograms (ERG), Electrooculograms, Pattern ERGs, multifocal ERGs, dark adaptometry, Visual Evoked Potentials, Microperimetry, Goldmann visual fields, Octopus static and semi-automated perimetry, Humphrey Visual Fields, and Color vision tests on patients in the Retinal Dystrophy clinic
  • Occasionally perform ERGs on anesthetized pediatric patients at Mott Hospital
  • Occasionally perform ERGs, pattern ERG, Microperimetry, Octopus static and semi-automated perimetry on research subjects participating in clinical trials and studies
    • Apply electrodes at appropriate positions under eyelids, around the eye, or on the scalp
    • Measure electrode impedance, and reposition electrodes to obtain optimal impedance
    • Perform tests in a darkened room using a dim red flash light
    • During recording sessions, be able to discriminate between good quality and contaminated signals and reject those that do not meet approval
  • Identify equipment malfunction and report description of problem to technical support personnel
  • Assist in making minor adjustments, calibrations in hardware and updating software
  • Order and replenish supplies and medications in testing rooms as needed
  • Assist in cleaning and disinfecting exam chairs, working surfaces, and electrodes as needed
  • Provide training in basic ERGs to ophthalmic staff
  • Maintain certifications for all study tests and instrumentation

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field of Science or Learning
  • Excellent computer skills; proficient in data entry, analysis, graphing, proficiency in Microsoft Office is essential
  • Ability to calculate, analyze, compare, evaluate, and make recommendations using data and varying sources
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to varying audiences throughout the institution and internationally
  • Ability to develop relationships and rapport with patients, physicians, and varying audiences
  • Advanced Excel knowledge including how to set up and revise spreadsheets, compile data into an easy to understand format, filter data, write complex formulas, create graphs, etc.
  • Provide exceptional patient service
  • Respectful and compassionate attitude
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and follow all guidelines for documentation
  • Collaborative and collegial, demonstrates integrity
  • Familiarity with electronic equipment
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate various activities including patient testing according to schedule
  • Ability to work with compassion with visually impaired, deaf-blind and multi-disabled patients is essential
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong ability to work independently, and as part of a team
  • Comfortable with hands on patient care and testing
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 20% of the time

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in field of ophthalmology -  Previous ERG experience is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of the eye anatomy and physiology, and visual pathways
  • Electronic Medical Record experience
  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant certification, or obtain within one year of employment
  • Prior experience working in clinical trials or research setting
  • Prior experience setting up and managing research testing databases
  • Prior experience training others
  • Prior experience supervising or directing work

Work Schedule

Monday- Friday (Full Time Appointment)

Additional Information

This position may be filled using an FLSA exempt or non-exempt designation.

Background Screening

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Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.