Positions at ARIA
Postdoctoral position for in vivo imaging of intrinsic retinal fluorescence in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Hunter at the University of Rochester
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.
Optical Engineering Position, Advanced Technology for Retinal Imaging
A position is available to work with a collaborative team of vision scientists investigating the normal and diseased eye who share a number of custom-built adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopes for high resolution retinal imaging. Participating investigators include Jennifer Hunter, William Merigan, Jesse Schallek, and David Williams. The successful applicant will be responsible for maintaining and operating existing instruments, designing and fabricating new subsystems to enhance these instruments, as well as designing and fabricating new optical instrumentation for vision research. In addition, the applicant will be responsible for performing imaging experiments and for training new undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and CVS faculty to use AOSLOs.
The successful applicant will have had hands-on experience with the design, construction, and alignment of complex optical instrumentation. Experience in the field of ophthalmoscopy is not necessary. MS or PhD in Optical Engineering preferred.
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 see the Center for Visual Science and the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance websites.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and names of three references to
The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer.
Center for Visual Science and the Flaum Eye Institute Lab Tech IV Opening in the Schallek Laboratory
The primary duty of the laboratory technician is to care for and maintain a rodent breeding colony with proficiency in phenotyping or genotyping animals. Additional duties also include assisting with surgical procedures, order placing/tracking orders, maintaining laboratory protocols and records and live animal imaging approaches. Additional training may be provided for ophthalmic imaging, though previous experience in this field is considered a benefit.
Good record keeping and organization, familiarity with Microsoft Office (Powerpoint, Word, Excel), and strong interpersonal communication with diverse groups of individuals are essential skills for this position. Educational or work-related background in neuroscience or the biomedical sciences is preferred.
Additional preferred skills that are recommended (but not required):
Candidates with prior experience with ophthalmic imaging are strongly encouraged to apply. Background in tissue histology is also considered a strong benefit. Experience with operating computing software such as Matlab and Adobe Photoshop is also highly preferable, though not required.
To apply, please send your resume/CV to Debbie Shannon
CVS Imaging Core Lab Manager
Managing the CVS Core Histology lab
- Manage a wet and microscopy lab with efficiency and care to make it a pleasant but effective work environment.
- Assure a clean working lab environment, while adhering to Environmental Safety regulations.
- Maintain inventory of supplies, equipment and service agreements. Liaise with vendors for repairs, regular upkeep and cleanings.
- Maintain and regulate sign-up sheets and scheduling disputes for each shared instrument.
- Maintain and update all necessary protocols.
- Must have strong inter-personal skills, and the ability to work with a wide range of researchers with differing levels of expertise.
Research: Assist users with researching, designing and optimizing experimental protocols. This may include, but is not limited to, histology, microscopy and making stock solutions for experiments.
Training of Principal Investigators, their students and staff in histology and microscopy techniques.
Histology: Prepare all fixative solutions, maintain instruments and communicate with Principal Investigators in the planning and execution of scheduled histology needs.
- Perform tissue preparation for histology.
- Prepare, label and sub slides or well plates as needed for tissue collection and storage post-sectioning.
- Perform tissue sectioning using cryostat, sliding microtome, paraffin microtome, ultramicrotome, vibratome or other cutting implements. Affix tissue to slides in preparation for staining and analysis.
- Maintain tissue storage inventories.
- Must have histological staining and immunohistochemical labeling expertise.
Microscopy: Manage the core microscope and imaging system, including regular re-calibration of equipment, repair when needed and instruction of users in its proper use.
The CVS Imaging Core Lab Manager will be expected to participate in research approved by the University Committee on Animal Resources.
To apply, please send your resume/CV to Debbie Shannon
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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