Positions at ARIA

Added 4/14/2020

Optical Engineering Position, Advanced Technology for Retinal Imaging

Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester has an open position for an optical engineer with expertise in novel optical system design, construction and optimization. MS or PhD-level experience in optical design is a key qualification. The successful applicant will work with a collaborative team of vision scientists that design and deploy imaging systems to study biological aspects of vision including: retinal imaging, eye tracking, ocular imaging and microscopy of living systems. Background in vision science is not a requirement. Applicant will have strong understanding of optical systems with added benefit coming from experience with scanning and array detection imaging systems

The applicant will work closely with faculty in the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA), a multidisciplinary imaging team comprised of researchers from the Flaum Eye Institute, the Center for Visual Science and the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. The ARIA group is passionate about understanding the physiology underlying healthy and diseased visual systems. Participating investigators include Jennifer Hunter, William Merigan, Jesse Schallek, and David Williams and include over 30 students, staff and members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and operate custom-built instruments for retinal imaging of the living eye.
  • Optical alignment and calibration of custom instrumentation
  • Design, fabrication and optimization of new subsystems to enhance imaging systems
  • Training undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows on instrumentation
  • Laser safety maintenance
  • conducting imaging experiments independently and with team members

Desired Qualifications:

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

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 the Center for Visual Science and the 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.


Added 4/1/2020

Open Rank Tenure Track Faculty Position in Retina Research

The Flaum Eye Institute has a tenure-track position available for scientists working in retina research with a desire to utilize high resolution retinal imaging. A strategic goal of the Flaum Eye Institute is to develop and apply innovative new capabilities to study the structure and function of the retina in healthy and diseased eyes. This includes basic research on a number of animal model systems including (but not limited to) mouse and non-human primate systems. Research may also involve human imaging and the translation of new retinal imaging methods to their use in clinical applications.

This position will involve a primary appointment in the Flaum Eye Institute. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work with a team of faculty developing and applying adaptive optics imaging (Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance). Candidates with experience developing an advanced high-resolution ophthalmic imaging such as OCT, SLO, fundus and two-photon systems are strongly encouraged to apply. Potential collaborators and excellent graduate students are also available through related programs; including the Center for Visual Science (a strong, university-wide community of 35 faculty engaged in vision research), the Neuroscience program, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Genetics and the Institute of Optics.

Qualifications

Preferred candidates will have a background in retina studies, should hold a PhD or MD or equivalent and have demonstrated significant research achievement and the ability or potential to attract extramural funding. Depending on qualifications an appointment will be made at the assistant, associate or full professor level.

Application Instructions

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, a teaching statement, reprints, and contact information for three references submitted electronically.Review of complete applications will begin by June 1st, 2020; applications received after that will be considered until the position is filled.

For questions, please contact , Ph.D. or , Ph.D.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

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Updated 06/01/2020

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 06/01/2020

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.


Updated 06/01/2020

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