Visiting Instructor

Rochester, NY


Faculty job description:

This Flaum Eye Institute Jackson Visiting Instructor in Pediatric Ocular Genetics Research is a one-year funded program designed to develop expertise in ocular genetics.

The program period begins January 1 and ends December 31 or July 1 thru June 30. International applicants may request alternate start dates based on visa delays.

The Director of the Program is Dr. Alex V. Levin, Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics at the Flaum Eye Institute and Chief, Clinical Genetics at the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

This sub-specialty program will include active, full-time participation in all aspects of the Flaum Eye Institute Ocular Genetics Program. The successful candidate will work closely with our other ocular geneticist and ocular oncologist, Dr. Vikas Khetan, our 2 ocular genetic counselors and the other Ocular Genetics personnel, as well as our Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellow and will have some shared responsibilities. We are very busy and see an enormous range of pathology in both adults and children that includes inherited retinal degenerations, congenital ocular malformations, genetic syndromes, and metabolic diseases that affect the eye.

The year will include rotations in pediatric genetics and metabolics clinics at Golisano Children’s Hospital as well as observation of Drs. Levin/Khetan and clinical geneticists in patient consultations. The successful candidate will participate in pediatric genetics case rounds, ocular genetics team meetings, Golisano genetics meetings, genetics journal clubs, and multidisciplinary genetics conferences. Research and laboratory experience is provided where the fellow will have exposure to DNA extraction, karyotyping, microarray analysis, sequencing, and other molecular techniques.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the full range of additional didactic and other educational activities at the Flaum Eye Institute and Golisano Children’s hospital including monthly ocular genetics journal club, Dr. Edwin Stone’s retinal dystrophy rounds, grand rounds, neuroradiology rounds and didactic resident teaching. The program includes support to attend one external genetics conference. The successful candidate is also expected to be involved with teaching to medical students and residents who rotate through the Ocular Genetics service.

Research education and exposure is the primary goal of this program and opportunities range from bench laboratory to clinical research. The successful candidate leads team meetings and independently researches background information needed to understand ocular genetic disorders. Prospective studies involving new diagnostic tools and therapies are always ongoing. Ocular Genetics Fellows are expected to write and submit at least two manuscripts and are encouraged to submit their research papers to local/national/international ophthalmology/ocular genetics meetings.

As part of the Ocular Genetics team, the successful candidate’s responsibilities include administrative and other supportive duties.


Candidates must have completed their general ophthalmology training or be senior house officers. Candidates will be welcomed as observers with much clinical exposure. USLME is not required. Any patient interaction will be under direct supervision and patient contact will not exceed the duties of a Flaum Eye Institute Ophthalmic Technician. The successful candidate may observe surgery, but may not “scrub in” or assist. The position requires full compliance with vaccinations and patient contact requirements as documented by the University of Rochester Medical Center.

If you are interested in our Jackson Visiting Instructor in Ocular Genetics Research Program, please complete and return the following:

  • A maximum one-page personal statement as to why you want to do this program and what you plan to do with the training once finished. Preference is shown to applicants who have future plans as an ocular geneticist and a position in advance to do so. If you have such a position, please also send a letter confirming this from your future Chair/Employer.

  • Photocopy of your certificate of registration/medical license.

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • Photograph of yourself (not required but very helpful)

  • If you have previously published (not required), a copy of the 1-2 publications of which you are most proud

  • Three letters of recommendation. The recommendation letters must also be sent as hard copy on original letterhead with original signature.

All documents should be sent electronically at least 6 months prior to the desired start date.

Only completed applications will be considered for interviews (offered by phone/zoom if not available to attend in person). Formal language testing is not required.

For more information, please contact:

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FAAP, FAAO, FRCSC

Adeline Lutz - Steven S.T. Ching, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology

Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics

Flaum Eye Institute

Chief, Clinical Genetics

University of Rochester Medical Center

601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 659

Rochester, NY 14642

Phone 585-275-4141

Fax 585-276-0324

Fellowship Coordinator

Kim Catalino

Phone: 585-275-8944

Fax: 585-276-2432


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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 000 Ophthalmology M&D

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