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.

Postdocs & Research Associates

Postdoctoral position, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester

Added 12/05/2023

A Post-Doctoral trainee position is available at the University of Rochester within the Department of Ophthalmology to support research in the bacterial pathogenesis of ocular infections. Successful applicants should have a strong background in microbiology and biochemistry or molecular biology. Individuals with experience in animal models of infection and bacterial genetics are highly encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. in a relevant field and strong demonstration of research accomplishments is required. Individuals must be able to work efficiently with a highly integrated research team, yet independently develop and perform studies and quickly interpret data in real time. Applicants should email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least three references to

Review of applicants will begin immediately with flexible start dates.

The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, marital status, pregnancy or veteran status.

Postdoctoral position in systems neuroscience, University of Rochester

Updated 12/04/2023

A postdoctoral position in Systems Neuroscience is available at the University of Rochester, in the laboratory of Dr. Greg DeAngelis. This position is part of a recently funded NIH project on the neural mechanisms of steering control. The project involves psychophysics and large-scale electrophysiology in non-human primates, combined with computational approaches. Successful candidates will join a highly dynamic and collaborative group at the Center for Visual Science, with strong theoretical/computational collaborators. Previous work from the laboratory has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the neural basis of motion perception, depth perception, multisensory integration, and self-motion perception (see published works).

Candidates are expected to have a background in neuroscience, experimental psychology, biomedical engineering, or a related field, and previous research experience in systems neuroscience is highly beneficial. Candidates should submit their CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references to .

Postdoctoral position in imaging and behavioral analysis of macaque retinal neurons, Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester

Updated 12/04/2023

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 develop hybrid methods involving adaptive optics (AO) imaging of retinal neurons and behavioral (psychophysical) testing to carry out causal studies of the role of identified retinal neurons, emphasizing retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Recent studies have shown that the response of single RGCs can be driven by light activation of RGCs containing an optogenetic, and studies will soon be underway to selectively inactivate chosen single RGCs optogenetically. The ideal candidate will have a strong, quantitative background in visual system physiology or psychophysical testing 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 Center for Visual Science, the Flaum Eye Institute and the Institute of Optics. ARIA, CVS and FEI provide access to a large group of faculty interested in vision, as well as programmers and optical and electrical engineers focused on the development of novel imaging methodologies. Interested applicants should send CV and names/contact information of three references to Paula Losey,
Please include a cover letter detailing your current research activities, expertise and the reasons for your interest in this position.

Postdoctoral position available at the Telias lab, University of Rochester

Added 11/16/2023

The Telias Lab at the Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center, is looking to recruit one or more postdoctoral researchers. The lab works with mouse models of vision loss and blindness; and stem cell models for in-vitro disease-oriented biomedical research.

Our lab is interested in unraveling molecular and physiological mechanisms that impair plasticity in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases, with an emphasis on targetable pathways that can lead to therapeutics. To achieve this, we employ a wide range of methods and techniques.

Successful candidates should be skillful in one or many of the following methodologies/research fields:

  • Electrophysiology – including intra/extracellular recordings with single or multiple electrodes in-vitro, in slice, in-vivo. Patch-clamp, multielectrode arrays, electroretinograms and brain recordings (Neuropixels) are preferred.
  • Imaging – with an emphasis on single or multiphoton imaging and image-analysis.
  • Mouse behavior – learning & memory, image-recognition, natural behavior, innate responses, operant-conditioning paradigms.
  • Computer & Data Science – coding in MatLab, C++/C#, Python, R; advanced processing and feature extraction from large datasets (e-phys recordings, transcriptomics, images).
  • Molecular & Cell Biology – cell culture, neuronal differentiation, FACS, WB, qPCR, IHC, Cloning.

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Postdoc position in mechanisms of myopia control at the Marcos Lab, University of Rochester

Updated 11/9/2023

One full-time Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available at the Marcos Lab, in the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, New York, to study mechanisms of myopia control. The lab has developed advanced instrumentation for visual simulation, manipulation of the optics of the eye, ocular 3D biometry and biomechanics, and advanced ocular microscopy. For examples of the types of projects from our lab, please visit the lab website.

We are looking for candidates with proven record of accomplishments working with challenging visual optics projects who are interested in applying their skillsets to the study of myopia control. Specifically, the successful candidate will work in the context of a National Institutes of Health-National Eye Institute R01 Grant, R01 EY035009 “Interplay between multifocal optics and accommodation: implications for myopia progression”.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Familiarity with development and application of custom-developed ophthalmic instrumentation, preferably adaptive optics systems.
  2. Successful experience working on a highly interdisciplinary environment.
  3. Motivation to unravel the mechanisms of myopia development and improve current methods of control.
  4. A recent PhD in optics, biomedical engineering, vision science or related fields.
  5. Ability to conduct research independently and work in collaboration with optical scientists, psyschophysicists, engineers and clinicians.
  6. Great written and oral communication skills.
  7. Critical thinking and questioning of the status-quo.

Successful candidates will enjoy:

  1. A thriving multidisciplinary environment at the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, with over 45 Faculty of vision scientists tackling every aspect of vision, over 100 members in-training, a dynamic postdoctoral culture. CVS offers plenty of career development training opportunities and access to unique facilities (imaging, computation and instrumentation modules, through a P30 core grant).
  2. Close collaboration with a clinical environment, with research labs located at the Flaum Eye Institute
  3. Working on a timely research area (myopia), with National Eye Institute funding support.
  4. Interactions with the ophthalmic industry and translational opportunities.
  5. A stimulating and highly productive laboratory environment (Marcos Lab, ARIA Group, The Institute of Optics, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, etc.).
  6. Competitive salary and benefits from the University of Rochester.
  7. A highly collegial atmosphere, and a friendly area to live in (with plenty of cultural events, natural landscapes, family friendly, and fun outdoor activities year round).

To apply, submit by email to Susana Marcos ( ), cc’ing Leslie Jo Smith () including the following items:

  1. A full CV
  2. Contact information for 3 references, indicating the relationship with the applicant
  3. A motivation letter describing briefly you past experiences in your scientific career to date and how this had led to your interest in applying to this postdoctoral opportunity

The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer.