[visionlist] Full Time Postdoctoral Fellow / Programmer Position in Vision Impairment and Driving (Harvard Medical School)

Bowers, Alexandra R. alex_bowers at meei.harvard.edu
Wed Nov 1 12:31:36 -04 2023

Full Time Postdoctoral Fellow / Programmer Position in Vision Impairment and Driving

Location:  Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Start date: As soon as possible

Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has an opening for a full-time postdoctoral fellow / programmer to work with Drs. Alex Bowers and Jing Xu in the Mobility Enhancement and Vision Rehabilitation Center of Excellence. The position is initially available for two years.

The successful candidate will make major contributions to projects evaluating the effects of vision impairment on driving performance (including scanning behaviors, responses to hazards and steering control). Studies will mostly be conducted within the controlled environment of a high-fidelity driving simulator and will mostly focus on hemianopic field loss (e.g., following a stroke) and central field loss (e.g., from macular degeneration). Studies will address the effects of the impairments as well as the development and evaluation of devices, advanced driver assistance technology, and training to assist visually impaired people when driving. All studies involve working with large data sets. This is a great opportunity to apply your research skills to a project with strong clinical relevance!

Requirements include a PhD, excellent programming skills (e.g., MatLab), strong quantitative skills, and a strong research background in a relevant field (such as eye and head movement research, neuroscience, driving research, vision research, psychology, engineering, computer science). Ideal candidates will be highly motivated, good communicators with excellent interpersonal skills, and have a keen interest in working with people with vision impairments. Experience of using driving simulators or eye and head tracking would be advantageous.

Applications should be submitted in PDF format and should include a CV, a letter of interest, the expected date of availability, and contact information for at least 2 referees. Please email applications to Alex Bowers (alex_bowers at meei.harvard.edu<mailto:alex_bowers at meei.harvard.edu>).  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Salary will be according to the NIH scale for postdoctoral fellows.

Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School is located in Boston with a strong research community of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research assistants with interdisciplinary backgrounds. The position provides an opportunity to participate in the Schepens postdoc training program and to develop additional collaborations with the research community at the Schepens and Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School.

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