[visionlist] 2 post-doctoral positions in Lausanne, Switzerland

Murray Micah Micah.Murray at chuv.ch
Tue May 16 17:24:53 -04 2017


We are pleased to announce 2 open post-doctoral positions in Lausanne Switzerland. Please disseminate

2-YR POSTDOC POSITION IN RETINAL-BRAIN IMAGING

University Service of Ophthalmology
Fondation Asile des aveugles & University of Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland


Applications are invited for a 2-year post-doctoral position under the supervision of Prof. Micah M. Murray<http://unil.ch/line/home/menuinst/people/micah-m-murray.html> on the project "Development and Validation of Functional Retinal MRI" as part of the Visual medicine 2020: Screening Efficiency and Enhanced Rehabilitation (SEER) grant.

The objectives of the project include: (1) Achieve sufficient temporal and spatial image resolution of the inner and outer retina through adaptation of novel MRI sequences, (2) Develop approaches for correcting motion-induced artifacts and to further increase image quality, (3) Evaluate and optimize techniques using well-established visual paradigms in a population of healthy subjects, and (4) Validate sensitivity by conducting collaborative experiments on clinical populations.

The successful applicant will 1) hold a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, neuroscience, bioinformatics or a related discipline, 2) be fluent in speaking and writing in English and 3) have experience with MR-based imaging. The ideal candidate should also have a strong background in visual neuroscience as well as knowledge of retinal anatomy and function. Expertise in programming, mathematical modelling, and advanced statistical analyses is important. The applicant should also have a demonstrated capacity for data analysis and scientific writing.

Lausanne is the capital of the canton of Vaud and is situated on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). This project is part of newly interdisciplinary initiative with synergies across neuroscience, neuro-technology, neuro-ophthalmology, and neuro-rehabilitation to improve the diagnosis and rehabilitation of both low-level and higher-level, "functional" vision. The local neuroscience community includes (among others) colleagues within the Department of Radiology (including industrial partnerships with Siemens), Department of Clinical Neurosciences, as well as the Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM). Personnel have close local interactions with other neuroscientists, neuropsychologists and vision rehabilitation practitioners at the Low-Vision Unit and Jules Gonin Eye Hospital at the Fondation Asile des aveugles.

This is a full time post and the preferred start date is 1st August 2017 or as soon as it can be arranged. Contracts are for a fixed term of 12 months, with the initial possibility of renewal up to 24 months. Further prolongation is possible, but will depend on the availability of funds. Salaries are in accordance with norms established by the Swiss National Science Foundation<http://www.snf.ch/SiteCollectionDocuments/Annexe_XII_Ausfuhrungsreglement_Beitragsreglement_F.pdf>. Applications must include a motivation letter, CV, preprints/reprints, as well as references from at least 2 individuals. Application materials should be sent electronically to Prof. Micah Murray (micah.murray at chuv.ch<mailto:micah.murray at chuv.ch>), indicating "RETINAL POST-DOC" in the subject line. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Evaluation of dossiers will begin the 1st of June 2017 until the position is filled.



2-YR POSTDOC POSITION IN DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE & VISION REHABILITATION

University Service of Ophthalmology
Fondation Asile des aveugles & University of Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoctoral position under the supervision of Dr. Paul Matusz<http://unil.ch/line/home/menuinst/people/pawel-j-matusz.html> and Prof. Micah M. Murray on the project "Restoration of Functional Vision in Paediatric Amblyopia through Action Video Games" as part of the Visual medicine 2020: Screening Efficiency and Enhanced Rehabilitation (SEER) grant.

The project will use a combination of psychophysics, eye-tracking and EEG in preschool and school-age children with amblyopia ("lazy-eye syndrome") and healthy children. This project will provide much-needed insights into the role of sensory, perceptual and attentional brain mechanisms in the recovery from paediatric amblyopia, by testing promising novel treatments grounded in the latest advances in cognitive neuroscience and vision rehabilitation. This project focuses on understanding how the integrity of the visual afferent pathway and brain mechanisms governing multisensory attention (attention to information across different senses, such as vision and audition) contribute to the aetiology of and to recovery from paediatric amblyopia.

The project will reach its aim by achieving 3 main objectives: (1) By capitalizing on synergies across the latest advances in pupillometry, cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology, we will identify the core sensory, cortical and cognitive deficits of paediatric amblyopia, (2) By comparing different types of rehabilitative iPad games, we will verify their efficacy in rehabilitating functional vision in amblyopia, and (3) By testing pupil function and selective attention with EEG  before and after the intervention, we will establish the relative importance of sensory and cortical-cognitive processes in mediating functional vision recovery in child amblyopia.

The successful applicant will 1) hold a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related discipline, 2) be fluent in speaking and writing in French  and 3) have experience with testing pre-school and/or school-age children. The ideal candidate should also have a strong background in cognitive neuroscience of attention, object perception and/or multisensory processing as well as experience with using eye-tracking and neuroimaging/electroencephalography techniques. The applicant should have a demonstrated capacity for data analysis and scientific writing. Expertise in programming, mathematical modelling, and advanced statistical analyses would be highly desirable.

Lausanne is the capital of the canton of Vaud and is situated on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). This project is part of newly interdisciplinary initiative with synergies across neuroscience, neuro-technology, neuro-ophthalmology, and neuro-rehabilitation to improve the diagnosis and rehabilitation of both low-level and higher-level, "functional" vision. The local neuroscience community includes (among others) colleagues within the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Department of Radiology, as well as the Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM). Personnel have close local interactions with other neuroscientists, neuropsychologists and vision rehabilitation practitioners at the Low-Vision Unit and Jules Gonin Eye Hospital at the Fondation Asile des aveugles.

This is a full time post and the preferred start date is 1st August 2017 or as soon as can be arranged. Contracts are for a fixed term of 12 months, with the initial possibility of renewal up to 24 months. Further prolongation is possible, but will depend on the availability of funds. Salaries are in accordance with norms established by the Swiss National Science Foundation<http://www.snf.ch/SiteCollectionDocuments/Annexe_XII_Ausfuhrungsreglement_Beitragsreglement_F.pdf>. Applications must include a motivation letter, CV, preprints/reprints, as well as references from at least 2 individuals. Application materials should be sent electronically to Dr. Paul Matusz (Pawel.matusz at chuv.ch<mailto:Pawel.matusz at chuv.ch>). Informal inquiries can likewise be addressed to Dr. Matusz. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Evaluation of dossiers will begin the 1st of June 2017 until the position is filled.


Professor Micah M. Murray, Ph.D.
Director, The LINE (Laboratory for Investigative Neurophysiology)
Department of Radiology
Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois and University of Lausanne, Switzerland
www.unil.ch/line
&
Director, EEG Brain Mapping Core CHUV
Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM)

CHUV
centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois


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