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Published: December 2, 2021

CORE Clinical Research Associate

Waterloo, ON, Canada | Contract

Centre for Ocular Research & Education, University of Waterloo

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo is a world-renowned organization dedicated to understanding the ocular surface. Its basic and clinical research areas of expertise include contact lenses, tear film, myopia control and drug delivery. This research is supported by a thriving education program.

CORE is looking to appoint a full-time Clinical Research Associate to act as an investigator in its clinical research program. The primary responsibility of the position will be to conduct study visits and collect data using recognized optometric procedures and techniques. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who aspires to pursue a career in clinical research as there is tremendous opportunity to develop areas of expertise which would lead to developing research initiatives and acting as Lead Investigator on clinical projects. This would include liaising with CORE study sponsors, overseeing execution of the studies, analysing the data, reporting the findings to the sponsor, and publishing the results in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences. Candidates with prior experience in any of these responsibilities would be compensated accordingly.

The required qualifications are as follows:


  • Successful completion of a professional optometry program is essential.


  • Direct clinical experience with patients is essential.
  • Research experience/interest in a contact lens, dry eye, or related field would be considered an advantage.
  • Experience/interest in authoring peer review and clinical articles as well as presenting at scientific conferences would be an asset.
  • Further qualifications demonstrating commitment to education and/or contact lenses and anterior eye expertise would be an asset (e.g., Fellowship of IACLE, AAO or BCLA).


  • Must be able to demonstrate attention to detail, produce high quality work, and deliver to agreed deadlines in order to meet the exacting standards of industry partners.
  • Demonstrate current knowledge of contact lenses, anterior eye, and dry eye disease.
  • Ability to conduct ocular examinations with high level of attention to detail.
  • Must be able to demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills at the technical and professional level in English.

This appointment is being offered for an initial two-year contract with renewal based on funding and performance. The wage range for this position is between $63,000 and $78,000, based on experience. The successful candidate will also be eligible for the University of Waterloo benefits package which includes dental, extended health care, group life insurance, sick leave, long-term disability insurance, and the opportunity to participate in the pension plan.

All work will be conducted at the CORE facility which is located on the main campus of the University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario.

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office (

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism, and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as Indigenous peoples (e.g., First Nations, Métis, Inuit/Inuk), Black, racialized, people with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Diane Bandura at

If you have any questions regarding the position, the application process, assessment process, or eligibility, please contact Dr. Lyndon Jones at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please send your CV to:

Diane Bandura
CORE Administrator


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