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Staff Scientist

Retina Foundation of the Southwest

Job Description



Status: Full-Time

Location: Retina Foundation of the Southwest, Dallas, TX

Benefits: Medical, Dental, 401K , PTO Time

We are currently looking to fill a position for a fully funded Staff Scientist in the Molecular Ophthalmology laboratory of Dr. Karl Csaky located at the Retina Foundation in Dallas, Texas. The Csaky molecular lab studies various aspects of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). As a translational laboratory, researchers are using molecular and cell biologic approaches to understand and develop therapies for AMD. Current projects focus on understanding the role of small molecule therapeutics to address the role of mitochondrial stress in AMD pathogenesis. Related publications include:

Kularatne RN et al. Protection of human retinal pigment epithelial cells from oxidative damage using cysteine prodrugs. Free Radic Biol Med.152:386 (2020).

Catchpole T et al. A profile of circulating vascular progenitor cells in human neovascular age-related macular degeneration. PLoS One. 15: Feb 27 (2020).

Dey, S et al. Investigating the effects of 7-ketocholesterol on retinal pigment epithelium bioenergetics

FASEB J 37:1 (2023).

The Csaky laboratory is located in a newly renovated research building designed to include laboratories being adjacent to clinic areas. As such, researchers work closely with the clinical staff to understand the various aspects of this disease and tailor the research efforts to address the clinical issues of AMD. The Staff Scientist will also be responsible for supporting and developing their own projects addressing ongoing research utilizing patient-generated iPS-derived retinal cells and organoids. These tools will be used to study various aspects of AMD including ocular mitochondrial dysfunction while utilizing molecular and cell biologic techniques.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD, or MD/PhD, and have strong training in biological sciences. It is also essential that the candidates have a strong first-author publication history. It is critical that the candidate have exceptional written and verbal skills, with an ability to work cohesively in a team environment.

Interested applicants should email their CV, and a 1-page cover letter that includes their previous accomplishments, research interests, and career goals, along with names and contact information of three references to the Foundation’s Business Operations Manager.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $65,000.00 - $80,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Dallas, TX 75231: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

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