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

Steve Heinen heinen at ski.org
Thu Jan 11 19:07:08 -04 2024

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 investigate a provocative new theory 
of binocular eye movement control.*

Eye movement researchers record one eye assuming the other rotates 
symmetrically according to Hering’s Law. Contrary to Hering, we showed 
that during midline smooth pursuit, an occluded eye rotates 
unpredictably relative to the viewing eye (Chandna et al., 2021). The 
postdoc will conduct experiments investigating previously unknown and 
surprising characteristics of saccades, pursuit and fixation only 
evident when both eyes are measured. The postdoc will also assist in 
refining a novel dynamic-systems model which simulates these results, 
generating realistic, time-varying binocular eye rotations couched in a 
framework of cortical and brainstem interactions.

Visual perception is a critical component of the model structure, and 
the work is significant for pathological ocular misalignment, hence team 
members include a psychophysicist (Scott Watamaniuk) and a 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, 2024. Details about the 
fellowship and instructions on how to apply: 

For more information please email Dr. Preeti Verghese or Beatriz St. 
John at fellowships at ski.org <mailto:fellowships at ski.org>.

Stephen J. Heinen, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
2318 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 345-2101
heinen at ski.org
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