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External Positions for Seniors and Graduates


Updated 05/05/2020

Interdisciplinary research group has two full-time positions open for a laboratory technician and an engineer to aid in the development of cutting-edge technology for vision sciences. If you like solving complex problems that intersect with both hardware and software, this is the job for you!

About Us

The Active Perception Laboratory of Professors Michele Rucci and Martina Poletti at the University of Rochester seeks to understand the role of eye movements in everyday visual perception. To achieve this goal, the laboratory integrates theoretical and experimental neuroscience, with a particular focus on the interaction between visual, motor, and cognitive processes. The laboratory's research has led to multiple novel findings which have been published in highly regarded, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the laboratory attracts individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Projects are highly collaborative and intellectually challenging. You'll never be bored as a member of the Active Perception Laboratory!

About the Job

Major responsibilities include: (a) developing hardware and software for high-precision tracking of head and eye movements, including working with state-of-the-art motion capture systems and our in-house magnetic search coil system (b) contributing to the development of virtual reality systems with integrated eye-tracking technology; and (c) helping with the refinement of two new types of eye-trackers currently at a prototype stage in the laboratory. One of the two positions requires expertise with mechanical design and fabrication as well as basic electronics. Ability to work well in a team is essential, as well as self-motivation and the capability to work independently when needed.

Ideal Background

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Biomedical, or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field of study, and/or equivalent work experience.
  • 1+ years of experience with C++ and Matlab/Python
  • 1+ years of experience data acquisition and signal processing
  • Hands on experience with electrical circuits and/or mechanical design for one of the two positions.

The position comes with the standard benefits offered by the University of Rochester, including tuition benefits. The Active Perception Laboratory prides itself in being a supportive work environment, actively helping employees expand their skills and achieve their career ambitions. The lab welcomes applicants at any point in their career, including individuals who are considering graduate or medical school. If interested in this position, please send resume / curriculum vitae, cover letter, and names of two references to Professors Michele Rucci and Martina Poletti

Pre- and Postdoctoral position in adaptive optics eye research and high-resolution video-eyetracking at the University of Rochester

Updated 05/05/2020

The Active Perception Laboratory is looking for a pre- or postdoctoral researcher to work on the development and use of advanced optical systems to measure anatomical features in the human retina as well as on the refinement of high-resolution video-eyetracking systems currently at a prototype stage in the laboratory.

The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in designing and building complex optical systems. Experience with adaptive optics, image processing, optical design and real-time software development are desirable. Ability to work well in a team is essential, as well as the capability to work independently when needed. Candidates with a strong background in visual science and/or retinal imaging are encouraged to apply.

The University of Rochester offers a highly collaborative and stimulating research environment with excellent opportunities for interactions and training in imaging and visual science including the Center for Visual Science, the Flaum Eye Institute and the Institute of Optics.

Please send curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and names of two references to Martina Poletti and Michele Rucci

Research Assistant/Software Engineer Position in Eye-Tracking and Virtual Reality

Updated 05/26/2020

A position is available in the Active Perception Laboratory at the University of Rochester to work on innovative methods for measuring where people look. This work is conducted in close collaboration with a major technological company.

The primary responsibilities of this position are: (a) to contribute to the development of new techniques for high-resolution eye-tracking; and (b) to integrate them with custom systems for gaze-contingent stimulus control, systems that enable real-time updating of the image according to eye movements, as in virtual and augmented reality environments, but with very high precision. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with a strong interest in developing cutting-edge technology and excellent knowledge of C++. Experience with CUDA, image processing and/or real-time control is desirable. Ability to work well in a team is essential.

The APLab is a dynamic multidisciplinary research group focused on understanding vision as an integrated sensorimotor process. Approaches include human psychophysics under controlled retinal stimulation and/or perturbation of the visuomotor cycle, anatomical measurements of the eye and retina, human electrophysiology, and computational modeling of the visual system. The laboratory is equipped with a unique combination of facilities (several developed in-house) for measuring head and eye movements, real-time control of the visual flow on the retina during eye movements, retinal imaging, virtual reality, and EEG measurements.

The lab has a strong and continuous history of important findings in vision science. See a full list of our publications. For reviews of our work please see:
Rucci et al, Trends in Cognitive Science 2018
Rucci & Poletti, Annual Review of Vision Science 2015
Rucci & Victor, Trends in Neuroscience, 2015

The laboratory is part of the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, a center with a long history of fundamental accomplishments in vision science. CVS is composed by more than 35 research laboratories creating a vibrant and highly collaborative scientific community.

To apply, please send curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and names of two references to Michele Rucci.

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