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.


Postdocs & Research Associates

A postdoctoral position is available in the Active Perception Laboratory at the University of Rochester

Added 11/7/2019

The APLab is a dynamic multidisciplinary research group focused on understanding vision as an integrated sensorimotor process. Approaches include advanced technologies for gaze-contingent display that enable controlled retinal stimulation and perturbation of the visuomotor cycle, computational modeling of the early visual pathways, and human electrophysiology. The laboratory is equipped with a unique combination of facilities (several developed in-house) for high-resolution recording of head and eye movements, real-time control of the visual flow on the retina during eye movements, retinal imaging, virtual reality, and EEG measurements. For reviews of our work please see: Rucci et al, Trends in Cognitive Science 2018 (PDF), Rucci & Poletti (PDF), Annual Review of Vision Science 2015 (PDF), and Rucci & Victor, Trends in Neuroscience, 2015 (PDF). View the full list of our publications.

This position is part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Victor at Cornell University and centers on the impact of eye movements on visual functions. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with experience in vision science and data analysis and the ability to work well in a team. A quantitative background and demonstrated interest in applying quantitative methods to neuroscience is preferable. Experience with signal processing, C++, computer graphics, and real-time control is a plus.

The Active Perception Laboratory is part of the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, a center with a long history of fundamental accomplishments in vision science. CVS is composed by more than 35 research laboratories creating a vibrant and highly collaborative scientific community.

To apply, please send curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and names of two references to and .


Postdoctoral position in optogenetic vision restoration in macaques

Added 11/7/2019

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the ARIA imaging group at the University of Rochester, under the supervision of William Merigan and David Williams. This project will examine the extent to which optogenetics can restore vision in macaques. Our group has already shown, with calcium recordings of single ganglion cells imaged with adaptive optics in the living monkey eye, that the responses of cells whose photoreceptor input has been lost can be restored following intravitreal injection of an optogenetic agent. However, the visual benefit of these restored ganglion cell responses is currently unknown. We seek to add to our team someone with a strong interest in relating physiology and visual performance. The preferred candidate will have a strong, quantitative background in psychophysical testing, ideally but not necessarily in animal models, as well as experience with mathematical modeling/programming.

The University of Rochester offers a stimulating research environment and excellent opportunities for interactions and training in imaging and visual science including the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance, the Center for Visual Science, the Flaum Eye Institute, and the Institute of Optics. CVS provides access to a large technical staff including programmers and optical and electrical engineers focused on vision science including the development of novel imaging technology. Interested applicants should send to their CV, names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter detailing your current research activities, expertise, and the reasons for your interest in this position.


Postdoctoral position in Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience

Updated 10/08/2019

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 .

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.


Postdoctoral position for in vivo imaging of intrinsic retinal fluorescence in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Hunter at the University of Rochester

Updated 10/08/2019

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


Postdoctoral position in retinal blood flow imaging

Updated 10/08/2019

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 . 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 ARIA


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
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