[visionlist] Postdoctoral position in oculomotor assessment of neural function

Steve Heinen heinen at ski.org
Fri Dec 14 14:41:45 -05 2018

Our laboratory seeks a postdoctoral fellow to be funded by an NEI institutional training grant to Smith-Kettlewell, or through an internal funding mechanism. Current projects involve studying attentive and subconscious aspects of voluntary oculomotor control. Eye movements are a sensitive assay of neural function and we use them to probe the mechanisms that process what we see in order to interact with the environment. Our lab uses stimuli that capture the essence of natural objects and produce eye movement signatures that reflect different states of neural function or dysfunction. Our approach pairs visual psychophysics with eye movement recording to elucidate sensorimotor signal flow, and additional ongoing projects use fMRI to investigate new perspectives on circuitry underlying these processes.

Smith-Kettlewell has a uniquely attractive postdoctoral program in vision research and related fields. Fellows are trained to become independent scientists and are supported and encouraged to propose and pursue their own research in close collaboration and mentorship with one or more of our principal investigators. The institute is located in San Francisco, a hub of biomedical and biotech research. Our location and reputation in vision science affords the opportunity for postdocs to collaborate with nearby universities and tech companies.

The fellowship requires a Ph.D. or M.D. and is normally awarded for two years. Successful fellows often continue here as sponsored investigators. Applications from individuals with disabilities or other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. Fellows are funded either by an NEI institutional training grant, or through a Smith-Kettlewell fellowship. The training grant requires that fellows be US citizens or permanent residents, while the fellowship is open to US citizens and foreign nationals.

Applications are accepted until January 31, 2019. Details of the program and application procedures are at http://www.ski.org/how-apply<https://www.ski.org/how-apply>. To apply, please contact me to begin the application process at heinen at ski.org<mailto:heinen at ski.org> . For further questions about the program, please email Dr. Preeti Verghese or Beatriz St. John at fellowships at ski.org.<mailto:%20fellowships at ski.org>

Stephen J. Heinen, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
2318 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 345-2101
heinen at ski.org<mailto:heinen at ski.org>
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