Positions at ARIA

Updated 05/04/2021

Lab Tech, ARIA

The ARIA group in the Center for Visual Science is looking for a Lab Tech IV to work in Vision Science labs, dividing their time between psychophysical training of non-human primates and data analysis, attending research group meetings, manuscript preparation, assisting with Power Point presentations, etc.

Psychophysics tasks include: Technician will work on a scientific project involving quantitative analysis of behavioral data. It will be necessary to train with the Tech Associate currently involved in this project. Will need to use personal protective gear and the physical ability to move a non-human primate (less than 25 lbs) into a Plexiglas testing chair and transport them to the laboratory where the experiments take place, using a calm and relaxed demeanor. Perform behavioral training of animals in psychophysical tasks seeking assistance from Technician when necessary. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, general care and maintenance of laboratory animals, data collection, record keeping, taking stock of inventory and arrange orders as necessary, maintain equipment and lab cleanliness, high attention to detail and organization. Will work with a computer programmer to report program issues that need res

olving and will assist in troubleshooting program issues. Communicate regularly with lab members and provide status updates.

Data analysis tasks include: Assisting PI and post-docs as necessary on data analysis or processing. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, accessing data stores and locating relevant data, organizing data as requested, attend meetings regarding various projects. Must be familiar with common computer skills such as using Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc. Must feel comfortable reaching out to others to request assistance when necessary and have the ability to problem solve. May be asked to proof-read manuscripts.

Qualifications: BS in Brain and Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Psychology or similar field, with Matlab preferred. Willing to be trained to work with non-human primates.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae including names of three references to:
Michele Schultz
Center for Visual Science
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0270

The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer.

Updated 03/05/2021

Postdoctoral position in optogenetic vision restoration in macaques

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 examine the extent to which optogenetics can restore vision in macaques. Our group has already shown, with calcium recordings of single ganglion cells imaged with adaptive optics in the living monkey eye, that the responses of cells whose photoreceptor input has been lost can be restored following intravitreal injection of an optogenetic agent. However, the visual benefit of these restored ganglion cell responses is currently unknown. We seek to add to our team someone with a strong interest in relating physiology and visual performance. The preferred candidate will have a strong, quantitative background in psychophysical testing, ideally but not necessarily in animal models, 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 Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance, the Center for Visual Science, the Flaum Eye Institute, and The Institute of Optics. CVS provides access to a large technical staff including programmers and optical and electrical engineers focused on vision science including the development of novel imaging technology. Interested applicants should send to their CV, names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter detailing your current research activities, expertise, and the reasons for your interest in this position.

Updated 05/04/2021

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, 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 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