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
Postdoctoral position in imaging and behavioral analysis of macaque retinal neurons, Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester
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 develop hybrid methods involving adaptive optics (AO) imaging of retinal neurons and behavioral (psychophysical) testing to carry out causal studies of the role of identified retinal neurons, emphasizing retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Recent studies have shown that the response of single RGCs can be driven by light activation of RGCs containing an optogenetic, and studies will soon be underway to selectively inactivate chosen single RGCs optogenetically. The ideal candidate will have a strong, quantitative background in visual system physiology or psychophysical testing 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 Center for Visual Science, the Flaum Eye Institute and the Institute of Optics. ARIA, CVS and FEI provide access to a large group of faculty interested in vision, as well as 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 Paula Losey,
Please include a cover letter detailing your current research activities, expertise and the reasons for your interest in this position.
MULTIPLE POSTDOC POSITIONS AVAILABLE: VISUAL CIRCUIT COMPUTATIONS IN NHPs
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER in collaboration with U. Washington & Georgia Tech
Two NIH-funded positions available to work on the following projects:
Developing novel virus-mediated circuit tracing & optogenetic manipulation methods for targeting visual cortico-cortical circuits in NHPs
Utilizing virus-mediated optogenetic manipulation to study corticothalamic circuits in NHPs
Both projects involve collaborations with labs at the University of Rochester as well as with Drs. Pasupathy & Bair at the University of Washington, providing opportunities for cross-lab/institutional training and experiences. Applicants should have strong practical knowledge of visual system neurophysiology. Candidates with prior experience with optogenetics, virus-mediated circuit tracing, and/or neuroanatomy in NHPs are especially encouraged to apply. Competitive salary and benefits that conform to NIH requirements will be offered, commensurate with experience. Applicants from backgrounds less well represented in neuroscience are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, send a letter of application, CV, and the names of three references to:
Farran Briggs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Postdoctoral position in systems neuroscience, University of Rochester
A postdoctoral position in Systems Neuroscience is available at the University of Rochester, in the laboratory of Dr. Greg DeAngelis. This position is part of a recently funded NIH project on the neural mechanisms of steering control. The project involves psychophysics and large-scale electrophysiology in non-human primates, combined with computational approaches. Successful candidates will join a highly dynamic and collaborative group at the Center for Visual Science, with strong theoretical/computational collaborators. Previous work from the laboratory has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the neural basis of motion perception, depth perception, multisensory integration, and self-motion perception (see published works).
Candidates are expected to have a background in neuroscience, experimental psychology, biomedical engineering, or a related field, and previous research experience in systems neuroscience is highly beneficial. Candidates should submit their CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references to
Postdoctoral Position in the Active Perception Laboratory at the University of Rochester
A postdoctoral position is available in the Active Perception Laboratory at the University of Rochester to study the benefits of eye movements for 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, real-time programming, and C++ is a plus.
The APLab is a dynamic multidisciplinary research group focused on understanding vision as an integrated sensorimotor process. Approaches include visual psychophysics under controlled retinal stimulation and perturbation of the visuomotor cycle, computational modeling of the early visual pathways, retinal imaging, 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, adaptive optics and optical coherence tomography imaging of the human retina, virtual reality, and EEG measurements.
Research from the APLab has led to important findings on how humans process visual information and establish spatial representations. It has identified fundamental oculomotor strategies (e.g., Ko et al, Nature Neurosci. 2010), revealed novel contributions from eye movements to spatial vision (e.g., Rucci et al, Nature 2007; Intoy & Rucci, Nature Commun. 2020), shed new light on the perceptual role of extraretinal signals (e.g., Poletti et al, Nature Neurosci. 2017; Intoy et al, PNAS 2021), and raised specific hypotheses on the influences of motor activity in the neural encoding of visual information (e.g., Casile et al, eLife 2019) and in visual development (e.g., Rucci et al, J. Neurosci, 2000). Furthermore, our work has resulted in new tools for eye-tracking and real-time control of retinal stimulation and has led to robots directly controlled by models of neural pathways. A full list of our publications can be found on our website.
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
Postdoctoral opportunity in Active Vision and EEG at UR Center for Visual Science
A postdoctoral position is available in the Active Perception Laboratory at the University of Rochester to study the perceptual consequences of eye movements and their interplay with attention. We are specifically looking for candidates with experience in electroencephalography interested in studying active vision. The work will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Martina Poletti and Dr. Michele Rucci.
Research in the laboratory focuses on the interaction between vision and behavior. Our work relies on the integration of theoretical and experimental approaches to investigate how visual functions unfold in the presence of normal and abnormal motor activity, how vision guides behavior, and how changes in visual input signals and modulations associated with behavior contribute to perception. The laboratory is equipped with a unique array of tools, many developed in-house, to investigate the synergy between visual, motor, and cognitive processes. Approaches include human psychophysics with precisely controlled retinal stimulation, computational modeling, high-resolution measurements of head and eye movements, and retinal imaging.
The ideal candidate would have a strong background in visual perception as evidenced by the publication record, significant experience with EEG experiments, data analysis, and computer programming (C++ preferred). Candidates with experience in some or all of these areas will be considered. Motivation and independence are important, as well as the ability to work well in a team.