Job Requisition Number: 24063. The mission of the School of Optometry is implemented by approximately 20 ladder-rank faculty, 5 emeriti faculty, 115 full-time and part-time clinical faculty, 85 staff, 30 professional researchers, 20 graduate students and 26 visiting faculty and postdoctoral research scholars. The staff includes professional, health care, technical, research, and administrative/clerical employees who provide support for a complex array of functions.
The primary objective of the University of California, Berkeley Clinical Research Center (UCB-CRC) is to work with industry, foundations, and government to design and evaluate innovations in patient care. We are looking for an experienced individual to work with a team of highly motivated and talented research and administrative personnel who conduct patient-based clinical vision research in a very fast-paced, dynamic environment.
The UCB-CRC requires a part-time, non-career Communications Specialist with an unusual combination of experience and expertise to provide technical/scientific editing, writing, image production, and graphics design/layout. This employee must have extensive background experience in vision-science research writing and editing, plus advanced expertise in graphics applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. The employee must have the ability to interact with culturally diverse research faculty, professional medical staff, optometry graduate student interns, and postdoctoral vision-science research scholars; the employee must be able to work with speed and accuracy, be self-motivated and self-disciplined, and be highly productive in handling a demanding workload within an irregular schedule (often at a moment’s notice), which must be limited to 10% time due to budgetary constraints.
The Communications Specialist position provides the UCB-CRC with essential support for the production of multimedia communications to fulfill its medical/scientific and optometric didactic mission. The responsibilities include technical writing/editing, graphics design, and image/photo editing for scientific/medical peer-reviewed research publications, professional/scientific conferences, and didactic course instruction. The intent of these communications varies by project, but always includes the promotion and fulfillment of the CRC's academic mission, including advanced training for optometry interns and vision science graduate students; the dissemination of research findings to the scientific and medical communities; and providing general information about the UCB-CRC for the public.1.BA/BS in a science or health-related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; 2.Excellent oral and written communication skills, with complete fluency and literacy in English; 3.Demonstrated ability to interact with culturally diverse research and professional medical staff (including research faculty, clinicians, biostatisticians, vision science graduate students, optometric interns, and postdoctoral scholars); 4.Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work under time constraints (sometimes meeting very short deadlines); 5.Excellent analytical and critical thinking; 6.Advanced expertise in technical medical and scientific writing in ophthalmology or optometry, including demonstrated ability to verify and edit specialized terminology, statistical presentations, graphics of research results, and medical and scientific imagery; 7.Expertise in editing, writing, and preparation of research articles for scientific and medical journals, and progress reports for research funding agency review; 8.Experience with scientific/medical research study protocols; and with collection, management, and analysis of data; 9.Expert-level abilities in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat, including the preparation of visual imagery for peer-reviewed scientific/medical publications, and the design of oversized wall displays for scientific conferences; 10.Expert-level abilities in Microsoft Powerpoint, including embedded video presentations, scientific photo-imagery, and design of custom masters; 11.Expertise in Microsoft Excel and Word. This is a part-time, limited appointment. Limited appointments are temporary and not permanent.
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