Postdoctoral Research Positions
The Department offers a wealth of opportunities for postdoctoral research in the wide range of scientific disciplines represented in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences. The centrality of the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences among associated programs in Visual Science, Computer Science, Linguistics, and the many branches of Neuroscience represented in the University makes the department a particularly attractive place for interdisciplinary research. Postdoctoral fellows often work with more than one member of faculty.
Admission and Support
Scientists interested in postdoctoral study should in the first instance contact the faculty member (or members) with whom they might wish to work. Postdoctoral fellows are supported from a variety of sources: some receive support through individual investigator's research grants; some receive stipends from training grants held by members of the Department; some are supported by individual fellowships.
Research Positions in Attention and Active Vision
The Active Perception Laboratory, a facility shared by PIs Martina Poletti and Michele Rucci, has openings at multiple levels for studying visual perception, eye movements, and attention in humans. The laboratory is located at the University of Rochester and is part of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Department of Neuroscience, and the Center for Visual Science.
Research in the laboratory relies on multiple techniques, including testing of visual functions with highly controlled retinal stimulation, computational modeling of the visual system, and analysis of the visual input signals caused by normal and abnormal motor activity. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art tools for high-resolution recording of head and eye movements, EEG recordings, and for precisely manipulating the stimulus on the retina during motor behavior. Ongoing projects focus on the interplay of eye movements and attention at the scale of the foveola, the visual consequences of oculomotor transients, and the benefits of eye movements for visual processing. Examples of recent findings from the laboratory can be found in Boi et al Curr Biol, 2017 and Poletti et al Nat Neurosci, 2017. See Rucci & Victor, Trends Neurosci 2015 and Rucci & Poletti, Annu Rev Vision Sci, 2015 for recent reviews of our work. A full list of our publications can be found on the lab web site.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates preferably with quantitative background and demonstrated interest in applying quantitative methods to neuroscience. Experience working in visual perception is preferred, though not a requirement. Experience with signal processing, Matlab, and C/C++ is desirable.
Please send curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and accomplishments, and names of two references to Martina Poletti and Michele Rucci (Martina_Poletti@urmc.rochester.edu, email@example.com). Doctoral applicants should submit their applications via the Neuroscience Graduate Program and/or the Graduate program in Brain & Cognitive Sciences.
Applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially welcome. The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.