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Staff

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.

Undergraduates

No positions currently available.

Postdocs & Research Associates

Added 10/12/2016

Postdoctoral position in retinal physiology, vision restoration, and/or high resolution retinal imaging in vivo: A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA) at the University of Rochester to work collaboratively in the laboratories of William Merigan, Jennifer Hunter, Jesse Schallek and David Williams. ARIA deploys advanced optical imaging technologies, such as adaptive optics coupled with single and two photon imaging of intrinsic and extrinsic fluorophores, to study retinal structure and function in the living mouse, monkey, and human eye.

Examples of ongoing projects include characterizing the functional roles of ganglion cells in the living monkey eye with calcium imaging, two photon imaging of the visual cycle in photoreceptors in vivo, and imaging single blood cell dynamics in the smallest retinal capillaries in the living eye. With the support of an NEI Audacious Goals Initiative project, we are also using high resolution imaging in animal models to accelerate the development of early stage approaches to restore vision in blindness, including optogenetic, gene therapy, and stem cells approaches.

We are especially interested in applicants with a background in retinal physiology or vision restoration who are also keen to acquire skills in high resolution retinal imaging. We will also consider applicants with strong backgrounds in optics, imaging, and microscopy.

ARIA is located in the Center for Visual Science, which brings together the laboratories of 36 faculty from Brain and Cognitive Science, the Flaum Eye Institute, Neurology, Neuroscience, and the Institute of Optics. ARIA provides postdocs with a rich and collaborative work environment augmented by access to a large technical staff including programmers and optical and electrical engineers focused on the development and application of novel retinal imaging technologies.

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.


Added 10/11/2016

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 10/03/2016

Postdoctoral Fellowship:   A postdoctoral position is available immediately to join a highly-collaborative and multidisciplinary research program focused on accelerating the development of a stem cell approach to restoring vision through adaptive optics retinal imaging. This is an opportunity to join a fundamental research program with high clinical relevance that will provide unusually broad training in retinal cell biology as well as advanced imaging technologies. The successful candidate will receive training in David Gamm's laboratory (University of Wisconsin) with a focus on stem cell-derived photoreceptor production and replacement therapy. The postdoctoral fellow will undertake human pluripotent stem cell research with an emphasis on retinal differentiation, characterization, and donor cell delivery to the subretinal space of mouse and monkey models of retinal disease.   They will also receive training from David Williams, Jennifer Hunter, and Bill Merigan at the University of Rochester on a new two-photon adaptive optics imaging technology to track the efficacy of Gamm's stem cell approach to vision restoration. At Rochester, the successful candidate will have access to a large technical staff of programmers and optical and electrical engineers with expertise in advanced retinal imaging. The collaboration between Wisconsin and Rochester is part of a larger initiative supported by a Beckman Argyros Award to David Williams from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and an Audacious Goals Initiative Grant from the National Eye Institute.   The successful candidate will either have previous experience in advanced technologies for retinal imaging or experience in retinal neurophysiology, retinal developmental biology, stem cell biology, and/or animal models of retinal degeneration.   Interested applicants should send their CV, a statement of interest, and names/contact information of three references to debbie@cvs.rochester.edu.


Updated 10/03/2016

Postdoctoral position in optical recording of primate retinal neurons in vivo:  David Williams and William Merigan are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to study retinal function in the living monkey eye with two-photon, adaptive optics imaging of genetically encoded calcium indicators expressed in single ganglion cells. The goal of the project is to explore the role for vision of the different types of foveal ganglion cells as a component of a multi-disciplinary, collaborative effort to restore visual function with optogenetics, gene therapy, and stem cell approaches. The successful candidate will have a strong background in the physiology of visual system neurons. The University of Rochester offers a highly collaborative research environment and excellent opportunities for training in imaging and visual science including the  Center for Visual Science, the  Flaum Eye Institute, and the  Institute of Optics. The successful candidate will have access to a technical staff of programmers and optical and electrical engineers focused on the development of novel imaging technologies. This position is supported by a Beckman Argyros Award to David Williams from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and a National Eye Institute Audacious Goals Initiative Grant (U01EY025497) shared by David Williams, Bill Merigan, and Jennifer Hunter at Rochester, Connie Cepko at Harvard Medical School, Botond Roska at Friedrich Miescher Inst. for Biomedical Res., and David Gamm at the University of Wisconsin.   Interested applicants should send CV and names/contact information of three references to debbie@cvs.rochester.edu.

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


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.


Updated 10/03/2016

A postdoctoral position in high-resolution retinal imaging: A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the ARIA imaging group at the University of Rochester, which includes William Merigan, Jennifer Hunter, David Williams and Mina Chung. A major emphasis of the ARIA laboratory is study of the function of inner and outer retina neurons in mouse and monkey using a variety of methods including calcium imaging with genetically encoded calcium indicators and single and multiphoton imaging of both intrinsic and externally applied fluorophores.

In vivo imaging of intrinsic fluorescence in mouse and monkey retina: This position in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Hunter will develop and apply novel fluorescence imaging methods for the non-invasive tracking of the role of both inner and outer retinal cells in the visual cycle. Research directions may include applying adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy to phototoxicity, retinal development, aging or disease in mouse and macaque. Research in the Hunter laboratory emphasizes the development of single and multi-photon imaging techniques and their application to phototoxicity and retinal function. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in retinal biochemistry of metabolism and/or the visual cycle, as well as experience in general visual science and retinal physiology.

The University of Rochester offers a stimulating research environment and 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 optical and electrical engineers focused on the development of novel imaging methodologies. Interested applicants should send CV and names/contact information of three references to debbie@cvs.rochester.edu.

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