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Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Ophthalmology, Lee Lab

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Ophthalmology

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Ophthalmology, Lee Lab

Position Details

Position Description

A Postdoctoral Research position is available in the Lee Lab ( in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The Lee Lab is seeking a highly motivated individual with extensive clinical ophthalmology expertise (ex. foreign or US ophthalmologist who is hoping to gain clinical research experience in the US) who can lead research teams. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be involved in a variety of clinical research projects using big data, retinal imaging, patient-oriented clinical research, and machine learning.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about collaborative, cooperative, and interdisciplinary research, be motivated to become an independent scientist in the future, have strong research skills in all aspects of the research process hoping to gain additional experience, possess leadership and management skills, and demonstrate excellent scientific communication skills.

This is a full-time position on an annual, 12-month appointment (July 1-June 30), likely for a total duration of 1-2 years. The successful candidate will be expected to be fluent in English. After exhausting OPT or J-1 eligibility (if any), the postdoctoral scholar will be eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), AFL-CIO Local 4121 represents the postdoctoral scholars at the University of Washington for purposes of wages, hours, and working conditions. Any and all agreements between UW and UAW may result in adjustments effective during your appointment including, among other things, a change in the title of your appointment. The University maintains individual personnel files, and you may access yours in accordance with the provisions in the personnel files article of the collective bargaining agreement. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as the clinical ophthalmology expert in leading study designs, methods and data analyses.
  • Supervise several research projects under the guidance of the lab PIs.
  • Serve as project lead in various clinical research.
  • Assist in the regulatory paperwork for research projects, participate in research preparation and manuscript writing.
  • Provides additional supervision and support for all administrative and research-related lab activities.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as required


HOURS: This position will be approximately 40 hours per week. Evening or weekend hours may be required.

LOCATION: When individuals return to campus the Postdoctoral Scholar’s primary work location will be in the Karalis Johnson Retina Center at the South Lake Union campus.

SALARY: Salary is commensurate with Postdoctoral Scholar standing.

UNION POSITION: This job classification (Postdoctoral Scholar) is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:




Candidates should possess high standards for sound study and experimental design, including understanding and appreciating the value of reproducibility and transparency, a high-level of comprehension of data analysis and interpretation and be willing to think outside-of-the-box, have impeccable research techniques, have high standards for and be willing to uphold and enforce a top-level of organization, cleanliness, and safety standards in all lab facilities.

The qualified candidate must hold MD degree (or foreign equivalent)  and have substantial experience in clinical ophthalmology and research. Experience in large dataset analysis, including machine learning, is preferred.

Candidates must possess a strong fund of knowledge in ophthalmology to lead independent projects and serve as the clinical ophthalmology expert in diverse research projects.

Qualified candidates will also possess solid investigative skills when searching for relevant literature and have a good understanding of the processes for grant and manuscript submission.

Experience in computer programming and familiarity with computer software are desirable.


The ideal candidate will possess the skills and desire needed to facilitate a productive and cohesive team, mentor and motivate trainees and junior lab members, manage day-to-day lab operations to ensure that the lab runs smoothly and safely, establish meaningful collaborations, and pursue leadership opportunities within the lab and the UW research community. The candidate will work closely with the lab PIs and manage day-to-day lab operations on-site.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate effective and dynamic communication skills in all forms – listening, writing, and speaking.  You should be able to effectively communicate in all forms to all levels including colleagues, faculty, trainees, and the general public.  You should also understand and value the difference between writing for grants, manuscripts, posters, etc. 

In addition to writing, you should be able to design impactful visual presentations and posters for lab meetings, work-in-progress meetings, poster sessions, and symposia on a local and national level.


The Lee Lab operates at a high-level of professionalism and each and every person is a valued team member and should be treated with respect.  In addition to possessing communication competencies for the scientific community, the Postdoctoral Scholar will adhere to workplace professionalism and communicate on such a level in all instances including lab meetings, one-on-one meetings, emails, phone or video calls, etc. 


  • Must have a doctoral degree (MD or foreign equivalent)
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Experience and previous success working collaboratively with a team and exercising high levels of independent judgment
  • Experience with Postdoctoral Scholar work patterns and work culture at UW or another academic institution
  • Experience to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, ethnic and social backgrounds, disciplinary backgrounds, values and attitudes
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to document and update program procedures and materials
  • Demonstrated research, analytical skills and experience developing programmatic reports
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Google Suite of Programs

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Successful experience working in a large, multifaceted institution of higher education


APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications must be received through Interfolio link to be considered. Applicants will be asked to supply a resume and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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