[visionlist] Postdoctoral Fellowship in Binocular Eye Movement Control at Smith-Kettlewell

Stephen Heinen heinen at ski.org
Wed Dec 7 18:58:30 -04 2022

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute announces two postdoctoral 
fellowship openings <https://www.ski.org/fellowship-openings>to work 
with one or more of the PIs at the Institute. **

Under this solicitation, *the Heinen Lab seeks a postdoc to study a 
provocative new binocular eye movement mechanism.* Eye movement 
researchers usually record one eye assuming that the other eye rotates 
symmetrically according to Hering’s law. Contrary to Hering, we recently 
showed that during midline smooth pursuit, when one eye is occluded it 
rotates in an unpredictable direction, and temporally asynchronous with 
the viewing eye (Chandna et al., 2021). We advance a novel dynamic 
systems model to explain the results, and seek a postdoc to conduct 
inventive seminal experiments to test it.

Visual perception is a critical component of the model structure, and 
the work is significant for pathological ocular misalignment, hence 
other team members on the project include a psychophysicist (Scott 
Watamaniuk) and pediatric ophthalmologist (Arvind Chandna).

The position is competitive, funded by an NEI institutional training 
grant to Smith-Kettlewell or an internal funding mechanism. The 
fellowships require a Ph.D., O.D. or M.D. and are normally awarded for 
two years, with the most successful fellows often becoming sponsored 
investigators. Applications from individuals with disabilities or other 
underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

Applications are accepted until January 31, 2023. For more information 
please email Dr. Preeti Verghese or Beatriz St. John at 
fellowships at ski.org <mailto:fellowships at ski.org>.
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