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