Positions Available

If you are interested in working at the Center for Visual Science, please see the list of open positions below. You must contact the person(s) you are interested in working with directly.

Faculty

Added 10/23/2018

Director, Center for Visual Science: The University of Rochester’s School of Arts, Sciences & Engineering invites faculty applications for the position of Director of the Center for Visual Science.

Applicants must have leadership experience and a history of outstanding research accomplishments in vision science. The successful candidate will be expected to lead their own internationally-recognized sponsored research program and to foster the continued success of the Center for Visual Science. This senior level position will come with significant resources and opportunities. The faculty appointment will be in the School of Arts, Sciences & Engineering. The primary home department will depend on the candidate’s main research area, with additional appointments in related disciplines as appropriate.

The Center, founded in 1963, is an interdepartmental program that brings together scientists from a variety of disciplines with the common goal of pursuing excellence in vision research. It currently includes over 40 faculty from 7 different departments, with research areas that range from advanced optical technology for vision correction, corneal and retinal imaging, to cell and molecular biology of eye diseases, mechanisms of visual perception, plasticity and development, visual control of action, multisensory mechanisms, brain imaging, computational approaches to understanding vision, and sensorimotor integration. The Center has longstanding support from the National Eye Institute, including both a Core Center Grant (44 years of support) and a Training Grant (28 years of support).

Numerous opportunities for collaborative research exist across the University of Rochester, within the School of Arts, Sciences & Engineering and the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as with the nearby Rochester Institute of Technology. The successful candidate will be immersed in an exceptionally rich environment for basic science collaborations, technology development, industry interactions, as well as for clinical and translational research. The Center for Visual Science also plays an important role in a number of university-wide programs in neuroscience, data science, imaging science and the recently launched initiative in augmented and virtual reality.

We will consider applicants from any area of vision science, with emphasis on the ability to lead a highly collaborative research program. The University of Rochester is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths and experience in this area. Consideration of applications will begin in January 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should submit the following application materials within an on-line application, found at http://www.rochester.edu/faculty-recruiting

For further information, you may contact the co-chairs of the search committee: Dr. Krystel Huxlin, khuxlin@ur.rochester.edu or Dr. Duje Tadin, dtadin@ur.rochester.edu.

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

EOE / Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled

Search Committee:

Co-chairs:
Krystel Huxlin, Flaum Eye Institute, khuxlin@ur.rochester.edu
Duje Tadin, Bran and Cognitive Sciences, dtadin@ur.rochester.edu

Members:
Edward Brown, Biomedical Engineering, edward_brown@urmc.rochester.edu
Jannick Rolland, Optics, rolland@optics.rochester.edu
Michele Rucci, Bran and Cognitive Sciences, mrucci@ur.rochester.edu
Tatiana Pasternak, Neuroscience, tpastern@ur.rochester.edu


Staff

Updated 10/01/2018

Optical Engineering Position, Advanced Technology for Retinal Imaging: A position is available to work with a collaborative team of vision scientists investigating the normal and diseased eye who share a number of custom-built adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopes for high resolution retinal imaging. Participating investigators include Jennifer Hunter, William Merigan, Jesse Schallek, and David Williams. The successful applicant will be responsible for maintaining and operating existing instruments, designing and fabricating new subsystems to enhance these instruments, as well as designing and fabricating new optical instrumentation for vision research. In addition, the applicant will be responsible for performing imaging experiments and for training new undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and CVS faculty to use AOSLOs.

The successful applicant will have had hands-on experience with the design, construction, and alignment of complex optical instrumentation. Experience in the field of ophthalmoscopy is not necessary. MS or PhD in Optical Engineering preferred.

Rochester is an exciting place to pursue a career in biomedical optics, with The Institute of Optics, the Center for Visual Science, and the Flaum Eye Institute here at the University, as well as local companies with expertise in optics and imaging. For additional information see the Center for Visual Science and the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance websites.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and names of three references to dshannon@ur.rochester.edu

The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer.


Updated 7/17/2018

Full time technician/Programmer positions in Active Vision: Two positions are available in the Active Perception Laboratory of Prof. Michele Rucci and Martina Poletti at the University of Rochester to help with the development of experimental systems to study the impact of eye movements on visual perception.

Research in the laboratory relies on the integration of a variety of techniques, including testing of human vision with highly controlled retinal stimulation, computational modeling of the visual system, and analysis of the retinal input signals caused by normal and abnormal oculomotor activity. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art tools for high-resolution recording of head and eye movements, EEG recordings, and for precisely manipulating the stimuli on the retinas during motor behavior. A list of our publications can be found on the lab web site.

Major responsibilities for these positions will include: (a) helping with the development of real-time software for manipulating visual stimuli contingent with head and eye movements in experiments with human subjects; (b) contributing to the development of virtual reality systems with integrated eye-tracking technology; and (c) helping with the refinement of two new types of eye-trackers currently at a prototype stage in the laboratory.

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with a computational and/or engineering background. Knowledge of C/C++ and the use of Matlab are required. Previous experience with signal processing and OpenGL is desirable, as is previous exposure with real-time systems and optics. Ability to work well in a team is essential, as well as the capability to work independently when needed. Position is for a minimum 1 year duration.

Please send curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and names of two references to Professors Michele Rucci and Martina Poletti, mrucci@ur.rochester.edu and martina_poletti@urmc.rochester.edu


Updated 10/01/2018

Programmer/Analyst Jr. – CVS core grant: The Center for Visual Science is seeking a programmer to develop software for vision research aimed at studying visual information processing in the eye and brain. An ideal candidate would have familiarity with both Macintosh and PC operating systems and the programming skills listed below. The programmer will work with several researchers interested in optical instrumentation with real time data/image processing, biomedical imaging and brain imaging. A successful candidate could be a recent graduate with an undergraduate degree in computer science, engineering or mathematics. Preference will be given to candidates with 1-3 years of working experience who are comfortable working in a vigorous, fast-paced and exciting research environment.

Preferred programming skills

To apply, send your Resume/CV and 3 letters of recommendation to Debbie Shannon at debbie@cvs.rochester.edu.

Undergraduates

No positions currently available.

Postdocs & Research Associates

Added 11/12/2018

Postdoctoral position in Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience: A postdoctoral position in Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience is available in the laboratory of Dr. Adam Snyder at the University of Rochester. The NIH-funded research program uses neuronal population recordings and non-invasive electrophysiology (EEG/tDCS) to investigate the neurocomputational mechanisms of vision and attention in non-human primates. In addition to research opportunity, the fellowship will provide comprehensive and interdisciplinary training to prepare the fellow for a successful career as an independent scientist. The laboratory is situated in a collaborative and interdisciplinary neuroscience community at the University of Rochester affiliated with the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Department of Neuroscience, and the Center for Visual Science.

Applicants should have completed a PhD in Neuroscience or a related field, and have experience or a dedicated interest in neurophysiology and research involving non-human primates. Candidates should have a strong experimental background, academic history, and publication record, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and proficiency in quantitative analysis, statistics, and programming. Please email a description of research experience and goals, a CV including publications, and the names and contact information of 3 references directly to Dr. Adam Snyder at adam.snyder@rochester.edu.

The University of Rochester has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from groups underrepresented in higher education. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Updated 10/01/2018

Postdoctoral position for in vivo imaging of intrinsic retinal fluorescence in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Hunter at the University of Rochester: A postdoctoral position to develop new applications of single and two-photon fluorescence imaging in the living eye is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Hunter. Research will include development of two-photon excited fluorescence ophthalmoscopy to non-invasively assess cellular metabolism and function in the living eye. Changes to important properties of excited retinal fluorophores (spectra, lifetime, etc.) in response to environmental alterations such as visual stimulation, pharmacological manipulation, or injury will be recorded in vivo at a single-cell level.

Candidates with a strong background in visual science, retinal physiology, and/or retinal imaging are encouraged to apply. Experience with optical alignment and MATLAB programming is highly desirable. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent training. Senior graduate students nearing completion of their degree are strongly encouraged to apply. Opening is available immediately and position will remain open until qualified individual is identified. Appointment is for 1 year and may be extended up to 3 years depending on progress and review.

The successful applicant will join the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA) of the University of Rochester.The University of Rochester offers a highly collaborative and stimulating research environment with excellent opportunities for interactions and training in imaging and visual science including the Center for Visual Science, the Flaum Eye Institute and the Institute of Optics. ARIA, CVS and FEI provide access to a large technical staff including programmers and engineers to help with research needs.

Interested applicants should send CV and names/contact information of three references to dshannon@ur.rochester.edu. Please include a cover letter detailing your current research activities, expertise and the reasons for your interest in this position.


Updated 10/01/2018

Postdoctoral position in retinal blood flow imaging: A postdoc position is available in the Jesse Schallek Lab at the University of Rochester. The research position will deploy advances in adaptive optics to study capillary blood flow and hemodynamic regulation in the living retina. By imaging single blood cells in the living eye, our research seeks to better understand the impact of diabetes on the smallest vessels of the retina. Research will be conducted in human subjects with additional opportunities to explore animal models of disease. Work will be conducted in collaboration with the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance of the University of Rochester. This group includes the collaborative research efforts of David Williams, Bill Merigan, Jennifer Hunter, Mina Chung and Jesse Schallek. The postdoctoral trainee will benefit from interacting with this highly collaborative group toward novel ophthalmic imaging design and study of retinal function.

Applicants with exemplary background in retinal imaging or study of blood flow control in living tissues are strongly encouraged to apply. Outstanding applicants will have training in one or more of the following fields: retinal imaging technology (including OCT and adaptive optics), study of diabetic retinopathy, study of microvascular disease (in other tissues).

Applicants should have a PhD, MD or equivalent training. Senior graduate students nearing completion of their degree are strongly encouraged to apply. Opening is available immediately and position will remain open until qualified individual is identified. Appointment is for 1 year and may be extended up to 3 years depending on progress and review.

Interested applicants should send CV and names/contact information of three references to dshannon@ur.rochester.edu. Please include a cover letter detailing your current research activities, expertise and the reasons for your interest in the position.

More information about research projects in the lab can be found at: http://aria.cvs.rochester.edu/our_work/blood_flow.html


Postdoctoral Position: The Center for Visual Science (CVS) at the University of Rochester is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral training fellowship in visual science. CVS is an interdisciplinary center that brings together faculty from cognitive science, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, optics and computer science who are interested in a wide range of topics within vision science. The Center has broad areas of strength in computational modeling, psychophysics, neurophysiology and brain imaging. Faculty apply these approaches to topics including physiological optics, visual coding (e.g. of visual motion), 3D perception, the visual control of motor behavior and complex actions, visual attention, learning and memory, and visual development. Faculty and postdocs have access to numerous state-of-the-art technical resources including adaptive optics systems for correcting optical aberrations and imaging the human retina, several virtual reality systems, facilities for physiological recording in awake, behaving animals and a new 3-Tesla magnet devoted to fMRI research in brain and cognitive sciences. Interested applicants can find more information about CVS at http://www.cvs.rochester.edu. Applicants should include a CV, a statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation. The successful candidate will work with the selection committee to select an appropriate faculty mentor. Candidates are encouraged to contact faculty with whom they are interested in working to help prepare their application.

Contact Debbie Shannon
Center for Visual Science
University of Rochester
RC Box 270270
Rochester, NY 14627
EMAIL: debbie@cvs.rochester.edu


Added 07/17/2018

Research Positions in Attention and Active Vision

The Active Perception Laboratory, a facility shared by PIs Martina Poletti and Michele Rucci, has openings at multiple levels for studying visual perception, eye movements, and attention in humans. The laboratory is located at the University of Rochester and is part of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Department of Neuroscience, and the Center for Visual Science.

Research in the laboratory relies on multiple techniques, including testing of visual functions with highly controlled retinal stimulation, computational modeling of the visual system, and analysis of the visual input signals caused by normal and abnormal motor activity.  The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art tools for high-resolution recording of head and eye movements, EEG recordings, and for precisely manipulating the stimulus on the retina during motor behavior.  Ongoing projects focus on the interplay of eye movements and attention at the scale of the foveola, the visual consequences of oculomotor transients, and the benefits of eye movements for visual processing. Examples of recent findings from the laboratory can be found in Boi et al Curr Biol, 2017 and Poletti et al Nat Neurosci, 2017.  See Rucci & Victor, Trends Neurosci 2015 and Rucci & Poletti, Annu Rev Vision Sci, 2015 for recent reviews of our work. A full list of our publications can be found on the lab web site.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates preferably with quantitative background and demonstrated interest in applying quantitative methods to neuroscience. Experience working in visual perception is preferred, though not a requirement. Experience with signal processing, Matlab, and C/C++ is desirable. 

Please send curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and accomplishments, and names of two references to Martina Poletti and Michele Rucci (Martina_Poletti@urmc.rochester.edu, mrucci@ur.rochester.edu).  Doctoral applicants should submit their applications via the Neuroscience Graduate Program and/or the Graduate program in Brain & Cognitive Sciences.​