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

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Telias Lab

Updated 06/07/2022

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Laboratory of Dr. Michael Telias (Retinal Degeneration Lab) in the Flaum Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

This position will focus on using mouse and rat models of retinal degeneration, including mutations that cause retinitis pigmentosa, induced photo-toxicity and retinal detachment, to investigate the physiological and molecular mechanisms that underly pathophysiological changes in the neuronal network of the inner retina. Death of the photoreceptors in the outer retina triggers a major pathophysiological phenomenon in the inner retina known as remodeling, which degrades residual vision and precludes meaningful vision restoration. We have identified retinoic acid and its receptor as critical in triggering remodeling and are designing and implementing therapeutic strategies to block its activation in the relevant retinal neurons. We are also interested in identifying other targets and elucidating the signaling cascade downstream to retinoic acid receptor activation. We employ methodology encompassing molecular biology, electrophysiology and visually-guided behavioral tasks.

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. and should have a strong background in cellular and molecular neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology, or vision science. Prior experience working with rodents, or in molecular cloning and genetic engineering is preferred. Experience in any electrophysiological technique, Calcium-imaging, neuronal morphology reconstruction and other imaging-related methods would be advantageous. Proven understanding of advanced statistical analysis is required. Please submit your application including a CV and the names and contact information of three professional references to or go to https://www.teliaslab.com.

Postdoctoral Fellow – Center for Visual Science and Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester

Added 06/07/2022

Dr Juliette McGregor welcomes applications for a postdoctoral fellow to join her research team working on the pre-clinical development of vision restoration therapies. The lab specializes in cellular scale calcium imaging in the living eye and the unique challenges of restoring foveal vision. Current projects include a multi-center effort to advance stem cell derived photoreceptor replacement therapy with a focus on detecting and optimizing restored retinal function in vivo.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field and ideally a background in pre-clinical development of regenerative therapies. Previous experience of calcium imaging is desirable but not essential. Training in adaptive optics calcium imaging in the living eye will be provided and this opportunity could be a good fit for those interested in learning a new approach as part of building toward a faculty position. Applicants should be motivated, responsible and proactive team players who are committed to creating a positive, supportive and productive work environment for all.

The successful candidate will have access to a range of professional development opportunities that can be tailored to their interests. The Center for Visual Science is a vibrant community of 40+ faculty at the University of Rochester. Located in western New York close to Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes, the University offers a competitive salary and an affordable cost of living.

For informal inquiries about the opportunity contact . To apply please send your CV, a cover letter describing your previous experience and interest in the position and the contact details of 2 referees, with the subject line ‘Postdoc position’. Applications will be reviewed on 27th June 2022 and then on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral opportunity in Active Vision and EEG at UR Center for Visual Science

Updated 06/07/2022

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.

The University of Rochester offers a highly collaborative and stimulating research environment with excellent opportunities for interactions and training in vision science and neuroscience. The laboratory is located within the Center for Visual Science and the department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Ongoing collaborations at the University of Rochester include the Flaum Eye Institute the Institute of Optics and the department of Neuroscience.

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

Postdoctoral positions in systems neuroscience, University of Rochester

Added 05/16/2022

Two postdoctoral positions in Systems Neuroscience are available at the University of Rochester, in the laboratory of Dr. Greg DeAngelis. One position is offered as part of a multi-institution BRAIN Initiative U19 project focused on the neural mechanisms of causal inference. The second position is part of a recently funded NIH project on the neural mechanisms of steering control. Both projects involve 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

Added 05/13/2022

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.

This position is part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Victor at Cornell University and Dr. Martina Poletti at the University of Rochester. 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 , , and

Postdoctoral position in Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience

Updated 04/08/2022

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 in retinal blood flow imaging

Updated 04/07/2022

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, 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 Fellowship in Visual Psychophysics and Retinal Function available at the University of Rochester

Updated 04/07/2022

David Williams and William Merigan at the University of Rochester seek a neuroscientist to join their collaboration to discover the perceptual roles of individual retinal circuits in the primate retina. There is considerable controversy about the contributions each of the 20+ classes of ganglion cells make to visual experience in part because we have not had a viable method to directly stimulate cells of known class in the awake behaving primate. Using fluorescence adaptive optics imaging of the calcium responses to visual stimuli of single retinal ganglion cells, we have recently shown that single cells can be classified in the living primate eye. These cells can be subsequently stimulated optogenetically, offering the exciting possibility of conducting psychophysical experiments on single cells to reveal the visual role of each ganglion cell class. These experiments have potential implications not only for the basic neuroscience of vision but also for new approaches to restore vision in the blind. The most attractive candidates will have completed a PhD in the area of visual neuroscience. We are especially interested in candidates with experience applying psychophysics in animal models. Experience with neurophysiology, adaptive optics retinal imaging, calcium imaging, and/or optogenetics, is desirable but not required. The position provides an excellent opportunity to broaden your skills to include those methodologies.

The Williams and Merigan laboratories are part of the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA), a community of more than two dozen scientists and engineers who use advanced optical technologies to probe retinal function. ARIA is closely affiliated with the Center for Visual Science, the Flaum Eye Institute, the Institute of Optics, Brain and Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience. The University of Rochester has 45 vision scientists, many with international reputations including Farran Briggs, Greg DeAnglelis, John Foxe, Krystel Huxlin, Susana Marcos, Juliette McGregor, Martina Poletti, Michele Rucci, Duje Tadin and Jesse Schallek among others, providing a vibrant and highly collaborative community for training in vision science. We enjoy unusually strong links between our signature strengths in vision science and optics, providing unique opportunities for postdocs to merge visual science and optical engineering. Rochester is a very affordable city that hosts a superb jazz festival annually and has excellent opportunities for outdoor adventures in the nearby Finger Lakes Region and the Adirondack Mountains. Salary support will be provided by a MURI grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for a minimum of 3 years and will follow the NIH scale for postdoctoral fellows.

Applicants should submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to:
David Williams
Center for Visual Science
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0270

The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer.