[visionlist] Postdoctoral position in Active Vision at the University of Rochester

Michele Rucci mrucci at ur.rochester.edu
Thu May 12 14:00:29 -05 2022

A postdoctoral position is available in the Active Perception Laboratory 
<https://aplab.bcs.rochester.edu/index.html> at the University of 
Rochester to study the benefits of eye movements for visual functions.

This position is part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Jonathan 
Victor at Cornell University and Dr. Martina Poletti at the University 
of Rochester.  The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual 
with experience in vision science and data analysis and the ability to 
work well in a team.  A quantitative background and demonstrated 
interest in applying quantitative methods to neuroscience is preferable. 
Experience with signal processing, real-time programming, and C++ is a 

The APLab is a dynamic multidisciplinary research group focused on 
understanding vision as an integrated sensorimotor process. Approaches 
include visual psychophysics under controlled retinal stimulation and 
perturbation of the visuomotor cycle, computational modeling of the 
early visual pathways, retinal imaging, and human electrophysiology.  
The laboratory is equipped with a unique combination of facilities 
(several developed in-house) for high-resolution recording of head and 
eye movements, real-time control of the visual flow on the retina during 
eye movements, adaptive optics and optical coherence tomography imaging 
of the human retina, virtual reality, and EEG measurements.

Research from the APLab has led to important findings on how humans 
process visual information and establish spatial representations. It has 
identified fundamental oculomotor strategies (e.g., Ko et al, Nature 
Neurosci. 2010 <https://www.nature.com/articles/nn.2663>), revealed 
novel contributions from eye movements to spatial vision (e.g., Rucci et 
al, Nature 2007 <https://www.nature.com/articles/nature05866>; Intoy & 
Rucci, Nature Commun. 2020 
<https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-14616-2>), shed new light on 
the perceptual role of extraretinal signals (e.g., Poletti et al, Nature 
Neurosci. 2017 <https://www.nature.com/articles/nn.4622>; Intoy et al, 
PNAS 2021 <https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2101259118>), and 
raised specific hypotheses on the influences of motor activity in the 
neural encoding of visual information (e.g., Casile et al, eLife 2019 
<https://elifesciences.org/articles/40924>) and in visual development 
(e.g., Rucci et al, J. Neurosci, 2000 
Furthermore, our work has resulted in new tools for eye-tracking and 
real-time control of retinal stimulation and has led to robots directly 
controlled by models of neural pathways.  A full list of our 
publications can be found at: 

The Active Perception Laboratory is part of the Center for Visual 
Science <https://www.cvs.rochester.edu/> at the University of Rochester, 
a center with a long history of fundamental accomplishments in vision 
science.  CVS is composed by more than 35 research laboratories creating 
a vibrant and highly collaborative scientific community.

To apply, please send curriculum vitae, brief statement of research 
interests and accomplishments, and names of two references to Michele 
Rucci (mrucci at ur.rochester.edu) Jonathan Victor 
(jdvicto at med.cornell.edu) and Martina Poletti 
(martina_poletti at urmc.rochester.edu)
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