Positions at ARIA

Added 06/07/2022

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

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.

Updated 07/26/2022

Postdoctoral position in retinal blood flow imaging

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, 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 dshannon@ur.rochester.edu. 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

Updated 07/26/2022

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

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.

Updated 07/26/2022

Technical Associate, McGregor Lab

The Center for Visual Science is looking for an experienced technical associate to provide animal support for National Eye Institute funded vision restoration studies lead by Dr. Juliette McGregor. The technical associate will work closely with experienced technical staff in the Flaum Eye Institute and Center for Science and will be fully integrated into the lab’s research activities. Applicants should be team players who are committed to creating a positive and supportive working environment for all and would be exited by an opportunity to advance regenerative therapies toward the clinic.

40 hrs per week 8am-4pm.

Responsibilities will include the following and while experience is desirable, it is not necessary.

  • Performing gas anaesthesia, paralysis and recovery during AOSLO imaging
  • Anaesthesia for clinical imaging
  • Ophthalmic imaging
  • Purchasing and pre-screening animals
  • Administering immune suppression
  • Monitoring animal condition and liaising with Department of Comparative Medicine Veterinary staff
  • Preparing for and assisting the surgical team with sub-retinal surgery
  • Assisting with modifications to animal protocols
  • Maintaining inventories and ensuring safety compliance
  • Participation in lab meetings as required
  • Excellent record keeping and attention to detail

To apply send CV and 2 letters of recommendation to