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Shiley Eye Institute
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#115246 Hospital Lab Technician

Extended Deadline: Thu 6/2/2022

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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 this 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 fail 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 provide many measurements (e.g. RNFL thickness, macula 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 automated1) 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.

  • 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.

  • Ability to take patient history, evaluate patient problems and provide complete documentation in patient record.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Knowledge of professional dress code.


  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant preferred.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Flexible schedule available.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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