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Graduate Job Research Optometrist (KTP Associate)

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: Aston University - KTP
Reference: R110044
Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 dependent on experience  

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A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way project between a graduate, an organisation and a university/research organisation/further education institution.

KTP is one of the largest graduate recruitment programmes across the UK, placing graduates (KTP Associates), to work on challenging, high profile projects.

As a KTP Associate you can expect to:

  • Accelerate your career

  • Gain valuable experience and marketable, highly transferable skills

  • Earn a competitive salary

  • Receive practical and formal management training and development

  • Opportunity for a professional qualification

  • Enjoy an excellent chance of a permanent post with the company

Further information about KTP and the advantages of being a KTP Associate can be found at:

Job Title: Research Optometrist

KTP Associate based in Farnham, Surrey with Visioncare Research Limited

Salary: £25,000-30,000 (plus £6,000 individual training budget and higher degree registration) dependent on experience

This is a 3 year Fixed Term Contract

This KTP project offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to launch a career in industry with the support of company and academic mentors.

Visioncare Research Ltd is a clinical research organisation specialising in the testing of ophthalmic medical devices such as contact lenses, contact lens care products and intraocular lenses (IOLs).  Visioncare Research Ltd intend to expand through identifying new clients and therapeutic areas in which to operate, most notably cataract (IOL) and refractive surgery.  This project will enable Visioncare Research Ltd to become a world leader in IOL clinical trial monitoring by offering a unique range of techniques for the delivery of quick and effective IOL studies. Further information can be found at

As a KTP associate on this project you will develop skills in interpreting scientific publications, and evaluating the opportunities for developing new techniques in IOL research. You will need to be organised and methodical in your conduct of technical evaluations.  You will gain transferable clinical and research skills alongside the commercial knowledge of how to monitor and conduct clinical trials.  This blend of scientific and commercial understanding is rare and would be attractive to future employers.

You will have considerable commercial exposure to users (patients), surgeons and manufacturers allowing you to develop a holistic understanding of the industry.  In addition, you will gain skills in project management, presenting, report writing, business strategy and experience of working in a small and medium enterprise (SME) environment. You will also be encouraged to work towards fellowship of an appropriate professional organisation such as the British Contact Lens Association.

At the completion of the project there would be a high probability of either continued employment with the company or recruitment by a medical device manufacturer.

You should have a minimum 2:1 BSc (Hons) degree in Optometry and be a General Optical Council registered UK Optometrist. You will also have clinical experience post registration. You should be smartly dressed, clinically competent, personable, ambitious and innovative.

You will be employed by Aston University but will be based at Visioncare Research Ltd in Farnham, Surrey.

Please note the successful applicant will be required to undertake a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) disclosure.

Location: South East England

Recruiter Details

Emily Wakefield
Aston University - KTP

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