[visionlist] Postdoctoral positions at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School

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Postdoctoral positions: Applying machine learning to study eye diseases

Applications are invited for several postdoctoral positions at Dr. Elze's lab at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Mass Eye and Ear, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The positions start between July and September 2019, initially for one year, and can be extended depending on performance and availability of funding. In the course of this interdisciplinary project, you will collaborate with a team of scientists with backgrounds in visual psychophysics, engineering, biostatistics, computer science, and ophthalmology. 

Harvard Medical School, together with its affiliated hospitals and research institutes, provides exceptional opportunities and resources for young scientists. The greater Boston/Cambridge metropolitan area, where we are located, is a rich source of skills and educational opportunities in all areas of interest for this project: In addition to Harvard, it includes Tufts, Boston, and Northeastern Universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the New England College of Optometry.

What is the aim of the project?

As a postdoctoral fellow, you will contribute with your specific area of expertise to the development of novel methods to diagnose eye diseases, to monitor disease progression, and to understand the relationship between retinal structure and visual function. This may include, but is not restricted to, investigating the relationship between retinal physiology and visual deficits, large scale data analysis by machine learning techniques, developing new psychophysical tests for specific disease related impairments, and epidemiological relationships between demographic and physiological parameters and ophthalmic disease development.

Which background is necessary?

A Ph.D. is required. The successful candidate will have background in either the field of mathematics/computer science, particularly statistics, machine learning, or image processing, or the field of vision science/ophthalmology. Candidates with backgrounds in life sciences are especially encouraged to apply if they have programming skills and experience with statistical analyses of large data sets. Candidates from the fields of computer science or mathematics are especially encouraged to apply if they have experience with medical research, vision science, or related fields. Candidates with a strong publication record are preferred.

How to apply?

To participate in the initial application stage, interested individuals should send an email to Tobias Elze (tobias_elze at meei.harvard.edu) with subject "Postdoctoral Application", containing a current CV and a brief statement of research interests in pdf format, together with the names of two referees. Applications should be received before May 31st, 2019, but later applications will be considered until all positions are filled. After the application deadline, the most promising candidates will be personally invited to a second and more detailed application stage.

Tobias Elze, PhD,
Schepens Eye Research Institute,
Department of Ophthalmology,
Harvard Medical School

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