Positions Available

Added 11/07/2017

Research Positions in Active Vision: The Active Perception Laboratory (PIs: Martina Poletti & Michele Rucci) has openings at multiple levels for studying visual processing and visuomotor integration in humans.  The laboratory recently relocated to 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.  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.


Added 12/18/2017

Open Rank Faculty Position in Neuroscience, Augmented and Virtual Reality Focus, University of Rochester: The Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, Department of Neuroscience and Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank. As part of a university-wide expansion in both Neuroscience and augmented/virtual reality, we seek outstanding applicants who work in immersive sensory and/or multisensory environments to address fundamental issues in sensory, cognitive and/or motor function. Candidates working in both human and animal model systems are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will join a vibrant, diverse community with interests spanning cellular, systems, and cognitive Neuroscience, and will contribute to teaching and mentoring at the graduate level.

o apply, please provide a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, PDFs of two or three recent publications, and (for Assistant and Associate Professor candidates) contact information for three references. For more senior candidates, reference information may be provided at a later date.

Applications may be submitted to neurosci_dept@URMC.Rochester.edu. Questions may be addressed to search co-chairs Duje Tadin (dtadin@ur.rochester.edu) and Edmund Lalor (edmund_lalor@urmc.rochester.edu). Review of applications will begin February 1, 2018.

For more information, please visit:

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


Added 12/18/2017

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 10/03/2016

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.


No positions currently available.

Postdocs & Research Associates

Updated 08/18/2017

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

Updated 02/01/2017

Postdoctoral Position in Visual Neuroscience at the University of Rochester : Postdoctoral position to study cortical circuitry underlying memory-guided visual decision-making is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Tatiana Pasternak. Experimental approaches include extracellular single- and multi-electrode recordings of spiking and LFP activity from prefrontal and extrastriate cortical regions of non-human primates during complex behavioral tasks. Other approaches include reversible inactivations, microstimulation and visual psychophysics. An important component of the work is a collaboration involving computational modeling aimed at mechanisms underlying maintenance and utilization of visual information in decision-making.

Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative background with experience in extracellular recordings and analysis of physiological data. However, applicants with strong background in related disciplines of systems neuroscience are welcome to apply. Experience with MATLAB programming and proficient knowledge of the English language are required.

The University of Rochester offers a stimulating research environment and excellent opportunities for interactions and training in cognitive neuroscience and visual science. Interested applicants should send CV and names/contact information of three references to tania@cvs.rochester.edu.

Please include a cover letter detailing your current research activities, expertise and reasons for your interest in this position.

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