Professor of Optometry

Hatfield, Hertfordshire
£60,529 - £66,868 per annum depending on experience
13 Apr 2021
23 May 2021
Job Role
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor of Optometry

Hatfield, Hertfordshire

£60,529 - £66,868 per annum depending on experience

The Optometry Subject Group has a strong focus on research-informed teaching across our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  The post holder will be responsible for leading the development of Optometry and Vision Science research and delivering research targets within the Department.

Main duties & responsibilities

You will lead research and scholarly activity in the field of Optometry that results in internationally excellent or world leading research outputs, and maintain an excellent personal research profile of income generation, peer reviewed outputs and doctoral supervisions. The remit includes attracting significant external funding and income from successful national and international research grant programmes, and other sources. Alongside this you will develop collaborations to enhance the research profile of the School. You will participate in Continuing Professional Development related to education and research and contribute to future REF assessment exercises. You will also actively contribute to teaching, learning, assessment, supervision and strategic activities within the Department at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Skills and experience needed

Your application will demonstrate at least two years recent and relevant post qualification experience and a minimum of two years continuous GOC registration. Relevant Optometry research experience is essential, and you’ll also have substantial engagement as research leader or principal investigator with a strong track record of funded research grants and high-quality REF publications.

Relevant teaching experience, including a track record in innovation and development is necessary. You will also show an established research and/or consultancy reputation in a relevant field and experience of working in a collaborative research environment, with a record of publication.

You will be able to demonstrate the ability to work on own initiative, be self-motivating and to think strategically. You will be able to work in a collegiate and interdisciplinary setting and lead, manage, mentor and develop teams. Working at a senior level you will balance work and time between conflicting demands.

You must show a willingness to take an active role in all aspects of Department and School development and lead on interfacing with professional and other bodies. A willingness to take responsibility for leading research and business developments is key. Finally, you will demonstrate proficiency in the English Language.

Qualifications required

You will hold a good honours degree in Optometry or Vision Science, or equivalent qualification, alongside a completed Doctoral degree in a relevant Optometry or Vision Science discipline. A professional qualification in Optometry is essential and you will have maintained a minimum of two years continuous GOC registration


The University may require that the successful applicant who is offered employment be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure Barring Service. The University of Hertfordshire complies with the ‘Code of Practice for Registered Persons and other recipients of Disclosure Information’.

Overseas applicants and UK applicants who have lived abroad

Successful applicants from overseas will be required to produce a criminal records check, or ‘Certificate of Good Character’, from any country in which they have been resident, consecutively or cumulatively, in the previous 10 years.

As this is a professorial appointment, the names and contact details of three academic referees of appropriate standing in the field are required at application who may be approached by the University prior to interview.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries

Dr Joy Myint (Head of Optometry)

The University offers every individual the opportunity to succeed. We want our staff to represent multi-faceted life experiences, varied cultural heritage and to encourage cognitive diversity. We recognise that the field is not ‘level’ and want to actively address barriers to progression. Markers of success to date include a small gender pay gap within the School where this post sits (2%) and holding an Athena Swan Bronze Award. We also challenge stereotypes and partner with networks both within and outside of the University to enhance inclusion in the workplace. We wholeheartedly encourage applications from BAME and LGTBQ candidates, who are currently under-represented within the programme.

We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave and discounted Sports Village memberships, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts

To apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: 23 May 2021.

Interview date: 25 June 2021.

We are a committed equal opportunities employer and we particularly encourage applications from applicants who may wish to job share or work part time, as well as from women candidates to reflect staff under-representation, where it exists, and our diverse student cohort.