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.


Human Subjects Research Coordinator

Updated 06/07/2023

The Active Perception Lab and the Vision & Psychosis Lab at the University of Rochester is searching for a full-time Human Subjects Research Coordinator who will contribute to a federally funded investigation of fine-scale eye movement differences in psychosis.

Activities include:

  1. administering oculomotor and neuropsychological assessments to people with and without psychotic disorders
  2. assisting with recruiting participants and scheduling appointments
  3. attending weekly lab meetings of Professors Martina Poletti and Brian Keane
  4. maintaining and updating study databases (i.e., REDCap
  5. preparing materials for IRB review; (e) delegating responsibilities to other lab members
  6. preparing written scientific results for publication and conference presentation; and (g) assisting with administrative/clerical duties as needed.

This position can be viewed as a stepping-stone toward graduate or professional school and we make every effort to get our lab members actively involved in ongoing research projects. The University of Rochester is considered a leading center for vision science and psychosis research and thus provides an ideal environment for those who have intersecting interests in these areas.

For more details, please see the lab websites of each Principal Investigator: Keane lab and APLab.

Visit their website for more information on the Center for Visual Science and the UR Psychosis Research Group.

Essential Duties

  • 30% Data collection
    • Implements protocols for oculomotor testing including use of dual Purkinje eye tracker and Badal optometer.
    • Conducts ocular pathology screening using optical coherence tomography, tonometer, and other ophthalmologic instruments.
  • 30% Project Management
    • Conducts all study-related IRB correspondence, including: creating initial submissions, protocol amendments and exceptions; drafting protocols, consent forms, and recruitment materials; reporting protocol deviations and adverse events; and submitting annual continuing reviews of active and inactive studies.
    • Collaborates with Professors Keane and Poletti to ensure regulatory and other documents (e.g., NIH progress reports) are complete and on time.
    • Complete regular subject chart reviews.
  • 30% Participant recruitment
    • Conducts face-to-face recruitment efforts in local clinics serving people with serious mental illness and at psychiatric residential settings (e.g., East House group homes).
    • Assists with recruitment using online resources (social media, CraigsList, etc)
  • 5% Data Management
    • Ensures the integrity and security of all paper and electronic study data.
    • Oversee data entry and supervise other study staff in using REDCap databases.
  • 5% Reporting and dissemination
    • Assist in the writing and editing of presentations and publications of study findings.


Candidate will subscribe to the University's goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating research subjects and co-workers in a sensitive and caring manner. The Research Assistant must complete the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) and NIH's Good Clinical Practice training.

The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related discipline by the first day of work. Candidates with at least one 1 year of experience in human subject research coordination, or an equivalent combination of education and experience are strongly preferred. We also strongly prefer candidates who have a car, a valid driver license, and who can commit to two years of service. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience or interest in administering clinical instruments such as the SCID and PANSS are a plus but not required.

The start date is flexible but February 1st is preferred. Applicants are asked to include a CV, cover letter and a list of three referees (within the cover letter itself). Applications should be sent to . Applicants from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Informal inquiries regarding the position are welcome and may be directed to Professors or .

The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer.

Optical Engineering Position, Advanced Technology for Retinal Imaging

Updated 06/06/2023

Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA) uses adaptive optics imaging of retinal elements to elucidate the structure and function of the human eye. We are a multidisciplinary lab comprised of researchers from the Flaum Eye Institute, the Center for Visual Science and The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Our group is passionate about understanding the physiology underlying healthy and diseased visual systems. Participating investigators include William Merigan, Jesse Schallek, David Williams, Juliette McGregor, and Susana Marcos.

The successful applicant will work with a collaborative team of vision scientists investigating the normal and diseased eye who share a number of adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopes (AOSLO) for high resolution retinal imaging.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing a fundamental understanding of the retinal system and its functionality
  • Maintain and operate existing custom-built instruments for cellular-scale retinal imaging of the living eye
  • Design and fabricate new subsystems to enhance these instruments, as well as new optical instrumentation for vision research
  • Training new undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and CVS faculty on the custom build AOSLO
  • Assist in laser safety maintenance across all labs
  • Will be responsible for performing some imaging experiments when required

Desired Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in Optical Engineering preferred with 2 years of relevant experience
  • Hands-on experience with the construction, and alignment of complex optical instrumentation highly preferred
  • Working knowledge of sequential ray tracing using optical design software (Zemax or Code V)
  • Experience in evaluating and troubleshooting optical systems and familiarity with equipment repair
  • Experience in performing independent scientific research
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Project Management practices, methods and techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Experience in the field of ophthalmoscopy is not necessary

Rochester is an exciting place to pursue a career in biomedical optics, with The Institute of Optics, the Center for Visual Science, and the Flaum Eye Institute here at the University, as well as local companies with expertise in optics and imaging.

For additional information visit Center for Visual Science and Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

Debbie Shannon, Administrator
Center for Visual Science
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0270

The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer.

Electrical and computer engineer for applications in retinal imaging and vision science

Updated 04/03/2023

The University of Rochester Center for Visual Science / Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA) is seeking an engineer to develop advanced data acquisition and image processing systems for applications in vision research. An ideal candidate would have experience in instrument control, user interfaces, programming hardware, image acquisition and real-time processing.

The successful applicant will join a collaborative team of vision scientists and engineers that design and deploy imaging systems to study vision and the eye including: retinal imaging, eye tracking, ocular imaging and microscopy of living systems. This work is directed both at advancing our understanding of the visual system and the development of novel therapies. The Center for Visual Science is leader in adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLOs) for high resolution retinal imaging and developing these instruments will be one focus area for this role. Background in vision science is not a requirement. The successful candidate will have considerable independence, and should be a team player comfortable working in a vigorous, fast-paced and exciting research environment.

Preferred (but not essential) Qualifications:

  • Experience programming hardware device drivers based on 64-bit Microsoft Windows and optimization of hardware interrupts.
  • Experience with nVidia GPU parallel programming with native CUDA C language for real-time data processing and system control.
  • Experience with frame grabbers and video/digital data acquisition boards such as Arduino, LabView, National Instruments, Texas Instruments, Matrox. AMD, Xilinx etc.
  • FPGA programming experience with VHDL or Verilog languages (for example mechanism of PCIe state machine, machine-level access & control of video chips and other chips such as DAC, ADC, SRAM, and DRAM with bus protocols such as SPI and I2C, ultra-fast FPGA clock management, management and optimization of FPGA resources such as flip flops, arithmetic logics, LUTs, and block RAMs.).
  • Interest and enthusiasm for engineering to advance research in neuroscience and medicine.

The start date is flexible - March 1st or as soon as possible thereafter preferred. Interested applicants are welcome to contact to discuss the opportunity informally,
or to apply please send a CV, cover letter and a list of three referees (within the cover letter itself) to

Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer.