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Optometrist Project Manager – KTP Associate

School of Optometry

Location:  89-91 Academy Street, Belfast, BT1 2LS
Salary:  £32,000 (depending on experience) plus personal development budget of £5000
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (30 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 04 June 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R210145
Release Date:  Tuesday 04 May 2021

This is an exciting opportunity for a professionally qualified Optometrist to develop a Digital Decision Support System to aid the diagnoses of eye diseases and improve patients’ quality of care. You will lead a project team, managing the expectations of various stakeholders, under the guidance of an Academic and Company Supervisor with additional support from a mentor from Innovate UK.

This position is a 30 month fixed term contract, with up to £5000 dedicated training budget tailored towards your personal development and future career.

Candidate Profile: You will have a BSc/ BOptom/ MOptom degree (min 2:1) in Optometry or related discipline (e.g. Medicine/Ophthalmology) and will be registered with the General Optical Council/ General Medical Council or similar.

Key skills/ experience required include:

  • Ability to initiate & conduct evidence based studies gathering clinical data Sound IT skills, particularly in Microsoft Excel to support development of an AI based solution (additional training will be provided as required).
  • Ability to work with complex concepts and explore creative problem solving approaches.

Personal attributes:

  • Work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders in a multidisciplinary project team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Strong organisational skills to take project ownership, co-ordinate work-streams and achieve agreed objectives.
  • Self-motivated & confident with good persuasion & negotiation skills.  Fit in with the organisational culture and present a positive image of the company to clients.

This is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Cathedral Eye Clinic and Innovate UK. It is essential you understand how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you secure this position. To learn more please visit

The Company: Cathedral Eye Clinic is a world-class eye healthcare facility with a team of ophthalmologists with specialist expertise in laser and lens replacement surgery, management/ treatment of cataract, retinal conditions, glaucoma and oculoplastics. It recently launched a specialised clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of Ocular Surface Conditions such as Dry Eye Disease. For more information see

Aston University: You will work alongside an academic team led by Dr Shehzad Naroo with support from Dr Mark Dunne, Dr Raquel Gil Cazorla and Professor Sunil Shah from Aston’s Vision Sciences Department within the School of Life and Health Sciences, which undertakes cutting-edge research with real impact.

Location: You will be based predominantly at Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast, but will also have access to facilities at Aston University in central Birmingham. Some travel to key clients may also be required.

For informal enquiries call Dr Shehzad Naroo on 0121 204 4132 or or

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.



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