[visionlist] Postdoctoral Position in Adaptive Optics Vision Research at the University of Washington

Ramkumar Sabesan rsabesan at uw.edu
Wed Jul 25 17:11:42 -05 2018

*Postdoctoral Fellow Position at the University of
WashingtonHigh-resolution retinal imaging and visual psychophysics*

The University of Washington’s Department of Ophthalmology invites
applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the lab of Ram Sabesan
at the Vision Science Center.  The successful candidate will utilize
existing adaptive optics retinal imaging systems to study neural processing
in the early visual system of living humans and animal models. This
full-time position as a *Senior Fellow* is on an annual, 12-month
appointment. Support for a minimum period of 2 years is available.

The lab’s current focus is on the functional mechanisms by which signals
from cone photoreceptors and their ensuing retinal pathways are integrated
to mediate visual perception. Two recent technologies facilitate this study
of light-driven neural activity *in vivo. *First, an adaptive optics camera
allows one to visualize individual cones *in vivo* and classify them on the
basis of their spectral type. Coupled together with a high speed retinal
tracker to control eye movements, this instrument allows one to conduct
visual psychophysics by targeting stimuli on the living retina at a
cellular scale. The second technology is phase-resolved optical coherence
tomography, a tool akin to classical interferometry that allows one to
monitor the minute biophysical changes (nanometer/millisecond resolution)
in cones accompanying phototransduction.

The scope of ongoing projects range from optical engineering (optical
design and assembly, hardware/software for image
acquisition/processing/analysis/interpretation) to scientific inquiry
(human spectral cone composition, retinal circuits underlying spatial and
color vision, retinal optophysiology). The candidate will be encouraged to
pursue independent interests in addition to participating in ongoing
research projects and collaborations. They will become part of a strong and
diverse vision science community at the University of Washington and have
the opportunity to closely interact with labs studying the visual system
using genetic, electrophysiological, behavioral, pharmacological and
computational approaches.


·         Doctorate in one of the following or related disciplines:
neuroscience, psychology, physics or an engineering discipline (computer
science, bioengineering, optics, electrical engineering or equivalent).

·         Keen interest or background in one of visual neuroscience,
psychophysics or optical imaging is highly desirable.

·         Programming skills (minimum : MATLAB and/or Python, C++/C# bonus)
are a must.

·         Good written and verbal communication skills.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter outlining prior research,
current and future interests to:

aolab (at) uw (dot) edu

Informal inquiries are encouraged. Position will be open until filled.

*The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal
opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age,
protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.*

Ramkumar Sabesan, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Bioengineering (Adj.)
Biological Structure (Adj.)
University of Washington
750 Republican St, E213
Seattle WA 98109
Email : rsabesan at uw.edu
Web: depts.washington.edu/sabaolab
Tel: 206-221-4925 Fax:206-685-9315
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