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#103965 Ophthalmic Assistant - Part Time

Filing Deadline: Thu 2/20/2020

This is a UC San Diego internal recruitment open to UCSD and UCSD Health System staff only.

Please note that this is a part-time appointment.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/18/20 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/20/20. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Precision medicine aims to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease. Technological advances are enabling scientists to peer into the human genome, revealing a detailed portrait of genetic mutations that drive these diseases. The availability of high-quality phenotype information is essential for developing effective precision medicine tools for glaucoma management. Collecting phenotypic information from large populations will allow us to develop tools to better manage glaucoma using unique attributes that are predictive of outcomes and create personalized treatment plans. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) can provide high-quality phenotype information.

One of the challenges to utilizing OCT imaging is to identify poor quality scans, identify segmentation failures and correct them. Instrument built-in software still fails to identify a relatively large number of poor quality scans. This is a real problem as a considerable number of studies1-8 reported relatively high rates of low-quality retinal images in the range of 4.85–20.8%. Moreover, OCT built-in software provides many measurements (e.g. RNFL thickness, macular thickness, rim area, etc.) that rely on accurate segmentation of retinal layers.

The rate of segmentation failure depends on the instrument, scan type, and can be higher in patients with advanced disease and high myopia. Identifying and correcting segmentation failures is time-consuming and not appropriate for using OCT images as big data in high-throughput collaborations and not efficient for teleophthalmology programs. For these reasons, we developed a high throughput image processing pipeline for automated 1) assessment of image quality and 2) detection of glaucoma and its progression with reduced need for retinal layer segmentation.

The candidates would help implement and test the pipeline on clinical data. Under supervision of physician and supervisor, performs general assistance in ophthalmology procedures: taking history, visual acuity, visual fields, color vision, refractions, tonometry, spectacle measurement and related services. Organizes and stocks examination rooms. Performs other related functions as required.


  • Graduation from college with a major in an applicable natural science; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proven ability to perform tonometry, field of vision, visual acuity, measurement of eye refractive error, color vision, spectacle measurement, and related tests.

  • General knowledge of ophthalmic diseases, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in order to carry out all functions.

  • Ability to train and educate patients, staff, residents, medical students and the general community regarding ophthalmology clinic services and procedures, hospital procedures and necessary patient instructions.

  • Demonstrated ability to take patient history, evaluate patient problems and provide complete documentation in the patient records.

  • Thorough knowledge of (and high standards of) laboratory hygiene, biohazard handling, and universal precautions.

  • Excellent ability to communicate courteously and effectively with the public and medical personnel.

  • Knowledge of infection control principles in order to disinfect and sterilize equipment and to operate autoclave. Ability to sterilize and maintain ophthalmology equipment and supplies in a clean, safe and orderly manner.


Certified Ophthalmic Assistant.


  • Flexible schedule available.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Some overtime may be required. Flexible schedule available.
  • Knowledge of professional dress code.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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