[visionlist] Postdoc position in Translational Imaging (NIH/NEI/Adaptive Optics Retinal Imaging)

Tam, Johnny (NIH/NEI) [E] johnny.tam at nih.gov
Fri Jun 24 10:10:48 -04 2022

A full-time Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available in the Clinical and Translational Imaging Unit, located within the Intramural Research Program of the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, to study the cellular manifestation of retinal diseases. The lab has developed advanced optical instrumentation for imaging the photoreceptor-retinal pigment epithelium-choriocapillaris complex in the NEI Eye Clinic using fluorescence microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and other techniques.

We are looking for a candidate who has a proven record of accomplishments working with challenging optics and microscopy projects who is interested in applying their skillset to clinical applications in the NEI Eye Clinic. The NEI eye clinic has a unique clinical research environment with a diverse patient population. Alongside clinical studies, we are also interested in carrying out translational imaging experiments using cultured cells and mouse models of disease. Example recent projects include investigation of the cellular uptake of indocyanine green into the RPE (JCI Insight 2019; PMID: 30895942), superresolution imaging in the eye (Optica 2021; PMID: 34504903), clinical studies revealing patterns of disease progression at the cellular level (Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2021; PMID: 33767618), application of artificial intelligence for medical imaging (IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging 2021; PMID: 33507868), and development of multimodal optical imaging instrumentation (Biomedical Optics Express 2021; PMID: 33796365). For more information on these projects, please visit the Image Gallery on the lab website (https://nei.nih.gov/intramural/translational-imaging).

Familiarity with one or more of the following will be viewed favorably: live cell imaging, fluorescence microscopy, mouse eye dissection, cell culture, photoreceptor/RPE biology, human subjects research, computer programming, artificial intelligence, and/or working with custom optical instrumentation. As this is a broad recruitment, not all of the skillsets are required.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate why they are likely to be successful working in a highly multidisciplinary team of lab personnel and collaborators. To analyze new imaging modalities developed by the lab, computer science algorithms using artificial intelligence are  needed.  For more details on Johnny Tam’s lab on Clinical and Translational Imaging, including a list of recent publications, please visit https://nei.nih.gov/intramural/translational-imaging and https://irp.nih.gov/pi/johnny-tam.

Successful candidates should have: (1) PhD in advanced optical microscopy, engineering, biophysics, biology, vision science, computer science, or related discipline, (2) prior experience working with one or more of the skillsets listed above, and (3) ability to conduct research independently and work collaboratively with other scientists.

To apply, submit by email the following items: (1) a full CV that includes the names and dates of all current and previous research mentors and the candidate’s past research projects, (2) contact information for 3 references, and (3) a brief description of a couple of the most challenging projects that you have had to work on in your scientific career to date and how this had led to your interest in pursuing research projects in translational imaging at NEI. Please indicate your specific role in these projects. Informal inquiries are welcomed.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The position provides generous scientific resources, stipend support, and health benefits. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Johnny Tam

Stadtman Investigator

Chief, Clinical and Translational Imaging Unit

National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

johnny at nih.gov<mailto:johnny at nih.gov>

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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