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Job Summary

Research Associate to work with a multidisciplinary team to develop a smartphone-based retinal camera


The Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan School of Medicine is dedicated to enhancing quality of life by preserving and restoring vision. Our guiding principles are teamwork, caring, innovation, and integrity. As such, our search committees are multidisciplinary in nature. We are interested in recruiting a research laboratory specialist to work with a team in developing a smartphone-based retinal camera. This novel imaging tool will be used for wide-spread screening of retinal diseases by leveraging the smartphone’s high-resolution camera, computational power, and wireless capabilities to enable easy, high-quality retinal photography and teleconsultation. The project is at an advanced stage with seed funding and intellectual property in place with plans for commercialization. We are seeking a motivated candidate to assist our team in development of a non-dilated imaging system and who has interest in the early commercialization process. This position involves participation in design of research projects, optics device modeling and prototyping of non-mydriatic retinal imaging, three-dimensional printing techniques, early commercialization discovery of devices, business start-ups, pitching to venture capital and other funding sources, and/or iOS programming, coordinate the processing and analysis of data, perform statistical computations, organize data for the preparation of proposals for new funding including SBIR, develop experimental procedures and test controls.

Required Qualifications*

Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree and preferably a master's degrees. Excellent communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidate must have completed a B.S. or M.S. and will ideally have experience in optics applications, device development, and basic electronics. A Ph.D. degree is desired but not required. Evidence of scholarly ability as evidenced by recent publication record in peer-reviewed journals is preferred. Evidence of excellent communication skills is required. Experience with device prototyping, three-dimensional printing techniques, early commercialization discovery of devices, business start-ups, pitching to venture capital and other funding sources, and/or iOS programming experience are all valued skills for this project. Preferred candidates will have demonstrated excellent teamwork capability.

Background Screening

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Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine 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.