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Company: University of California
Location: Berkeley, CA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners.  In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 6/28/2021

Departmental Overview

Austin Roorda, PhD (UC Berkeley School of Optometry ) and Jacque Duncan MD (UC San Francisco Department of Ophthalmology ) are pioneers in the development and use of advanced optical systems for imaging the retina and measuring visual function on a cellular scale. The main technologies include adaptive optics, scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, and the implementation of innovative methods to track eye motion with unprecedented accuracy. They use their systems for a wide range of applications, from monitoring the efficacy of treatments to slow eye disease to elucidating the circuits in the retina that underlie human color vision. 

We are looking for a capable and innovative engineer who will join our team to help develop and build a new generation of optical systems to achieve our research goals. Eligible candidates must have fundamental skills in designing and building optical imaging devices and must have demonstrated experience with complete systems, including optics, electronics, hardware and software. Specific experience with adaptive optics, Zemax optical design software, ophthalmic imaging and scanning laser imaging systems are desirable, but not required. 


The specific task of the engineer will be to help design, build and maintain systems for basic science applications at UC Berkeley and for clinical applications at UC San Francisco. This project is part of large multi-center NIH funded project involving a team of scientists and engineers at multiple sites (UC Berkeley, UCSF, University of Alabama, Montana State University). The engineer will be meeting regularly with engineers and scientists at the other sites and so good communication skills are a high priority. Key responsibilities include:

  • Under general supervision, designs and prepares engineering plans and specifications of moderate complexity for novel laboratory equipment and instruments. 
  • Under general supervision, participates in the solution of physical and mathematical analysis of experimental data or in the mathematical solution of physical and engineering problems. 
  • Gathers and analyzes data; prepares formal engineering reports, drawings and status reports. 
  • Assists in deploying newly developed technology with collaborators
  • Develops formal engineering reports, drawings and status reports. 
  • Performs all tasks subject to review by more senior level Engineer. 

Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional design work of limited scope and complexity.
  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.
  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers.
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field (optical engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering or equivalent) or combination of education and experience. 

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please include the below items with your application and submit as a single attachment when applying.

  • Short cover letter with a short statement of interest 
  • CV or resume
  • List of three or more references with contact information

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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