[visionlist] Post-doc position (3 years) in the study of human melanopsin function, starting Spring 2017

Brainard, David H brainard at psych.upenn.edu
Wed Feb 22 08:11:23 EST 2017

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow for a joint research program in the laboratories of Geoffrey Aguirre (https://cfn.upenn.edu/aguirre) and David Brainard (https://color.psych.upenn.edu<https://color.psych.upenn.edu/>) at the University of Pennsylvania. This extramurally-funded program of research examines the functional properties of the photopigment melanopsin in humans, using psychophysics, pupillometry, and functional MRI. A particular goal is to understand the perceptual correlates of selective melanopsin stimulation alone and in interaction with the cones, and to determine if melanopsin stimulation contributes to the sensation of photophobia in clinical disorders.

The program of research follows several years of collaborative work by the PIs. The Brainard Lab (https://color.psych.upenn.edu<https://color.psych.upenn.edu/>) examines human visual perception, with a particular focus on psychophysical measurements of color perception. The Aguirre Lab (https://cfn.upenn.edu/aguirre) studies human visual cortex in healthy and patient populations using magnetic resonance imaging techniques. Together, the PIs have developed techniques to selectively stimulate classes of photoreceptors, including melanopsin, and measure the effects of this stimulation in the pupil response, perception, and neural activity.

The ideal applicant will have:
- a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, or a related field, with a focus on one or more of these topics: visual perception, retinal function, melanopsin, functional MRI
- strong quantitative skills, including substantial programming ability (MATLAB or Mathematica preferred), familiarity with UNIX, and a mathematical background through linear algebra

Our laboratories are in the departments of Neurology and Psychology at Penn. The intellectual community includes the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (http://www.ccn.upenn.edu<http://www.ccn.upenn.edu/>), the Computational Neuroscience Initiative (http://cni.upenn.edu<http://cni.upenn.edu/>), and the Center for Functional Neuroimaging (https://cfn.upenn.edu<https://cfn.upenn.edu/>). Penn offers excellent employee benefits. Full health insurance is provided.

If interested, please send a CV and contact information for at least 2 references to Geoffrey Aguirre (aguirreg at mail.med.upenn.edu<mailto:aguirreg at mail.med.upenn.edu>) and David Brainard (dhb at psych.upenn.edu<mailto:dhb at psych.upenn.edu>). Please include [Melanopsin_PostDoc] in the subject line.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented individuals from diverse backgrounds (http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu<http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/>).

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